The days of sky-hooks and Dream shakes seem to have been replaced by 7-foot stretch 4’s and never ending lobs to the rim.
Guard play has unquestionably become the main focal point of basketball. We see it even at the youth level.
No one wants to be a big man anymore and kids and parents will lobby hard to become a point guard… “my kid is gonna end up being ONLY 6’9” anyway!”
And with the AAU style of pressing and fast breaking all game, every game, you don’t see a lot of teams taking the time to run offensive sets and feed the post.
There is no wonder we are seeing less skilled post players! Maybe I’m naive, but as the son of a 1970’s NBA 7-foot center and a former 4-man myself, I still like to believe that there is room in the high school, college and NBA games for a back-to-the-basket ass-kicker. Hopefully we’ll see a game changer drafted #1 next month.
All that being said, here are 5 keys to playing the low post position in basketball that can help younger players learn to become more effective on the court. Now if we could only get these AAU run-and-gun games to slow down and guards to feed us the ball!