Don Meyer Keys to Developing Outstanding Post Players

Chris Petersen

Written by Coach Peterman

I have coached at the NCAA Division 2 (Southwestern Oklahoma State University), NAIA (USAO), and JUCO Levels (Blinn College and Carl Albert State College) as well as high school. I just felt that fellow coaches especially young coaches need to constantly work on their “game”. Just like the basketball players that we coach. We as coaches need to improve ourselves. That is my story and why I do this blog.

September 30, 2014

Don Meyer Keys to Developing Outstanding Post Players

Don Meyer is a legendary coach that is well known for his attention to detail. His coaching spanned quite a few years and what he was able to do in developing players over those years are the techniques coaches have been trying to duplicate.

In this post he talks about the process of taking a player and teaching him the skills necessary to function and score around the basket. I’m sure you’ll enjoy and be able to use many of the ideas shared by Coach Don Meyer.

Keys to Post Play
Heart, Hands, Head
*Post player must have all three to be successful

– Be aggressive; a passive post player will get pushed off the block on offense and dominated on defense
– Love contact; Must like to bruise it up (without getting into foul trouble and out of the game) Enjoy the dirty work
– Want the basketball; Have a desire to get the ball in your hands
– Want to score; Once you have the ball can’t be afraid to attack the basket & through contact
– Communication; Show teammates where you want the ball, help the offense flow by telling players where to move & cut
– Be strong, Play strong
– Be in condition; Transition up and down the floor is key to both scoring easy buckets and defending your opponent – must be in good shape
– Be a worker; Be a blue collar player, someone that will lead by example
– Be a Good FT shooter; This takes away an opponent’s ability to just foul, they must respect your entire game, (Minimum 60%)
– Play without fear; Of fans, Of missing shots, Of not running the play right, Of injury etc.

Basic Post Positioning:
Wide base, Feet wider than shoulders, have your knees bent
Get both hands up, have your back straight
If you want to receive the ball on the bounce, get your hands down
Passer is telling you where you are open by where he passes the ball
Whichever side the defender goes to, you want to sit on his front leg
If defender is fronting the post, get both arms up so the offensive player is not called for a push off

Mark Chapman is the Head Boy’s Basketball Coach at Hamilton Township High School in Columbus, Ohio. Coach Mark Chapman always has great basketball plays and basketball coaching clinic notes to share with the basketball coaching world. Coach Mark Chapman is one of our hardest basketball contributors on Men’s Basketball Hoop Scoop. I think that you will love the different types of basketball material that he will present us with on this basketball forum. Make sure that you check out his posts here!

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Don Meyer Keys to Developing Outstanding Post Players

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