Pinch Post Inside Pivot Sweep Jumper (Video)

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Post players who can operate high in the lane, around the elbows, "Pinch Post," can really expand their game and increase their effectiveness even if they don't shoot the ball very well from there. With the proper application of footwork, post players can still get the shot they want.

In this application, we are using an "inside pivot" coupled with a "sweep counter" to get inside the defense allowing the post player to position himself for a nice little 6 foot jump shot.

Here is how we practice it.

Shooter starts under the basket.

There is some type of ball delivery on each wing. It could be a passer, a Toss Back, etc.

 Pich Post Sweep Jumpshot 1

 If none of those are available, you can place a chair or other type of ball tee outside each elbow. You can put a ball on each chair or, after shooting, the shooter must touch the ball to the chair before the next shot.

 Pich Post Sweep Jumpshot 2

 Shooter makes a cut to the elbow and recieves the ball.

Pich Post Sweep Jumpshot 3

 Upon recieving the ball, the shooter makes an "inside foot inside pivot," which turns him to the inside of the lane.

 Pich Post Sweep Jumpshot 4

 After the inside pivot, the shooter makes a "sweep" counter step, being careful to put the ball on the floor before he lifts his pivot foot, takes 1 power dribble and steps into his shot.

 Pich Post Sweep Jumpshot 5

 After his shot, shooter rebounds the ball and attacks from the other side.

Pich Post Sweep Jumpshot 6

Emphasis in this drill is proper footwork. Pivoting with the correct foot, taking care that the ball is on the floor before lifting the pivot foot and getting back to the "shooting foot" for the shot.

Don Kelbick

Coach Don Kelbick has had 27 years of coaching experience, 25 at the college level including 14 years as a head coach and 10 years as a Division I assistant including stops at Hofstra University, Marist College, Keene State College, and Florida International University. In 2 years as a high school coach, his teams produced 6 Division I players and was ranked #1 in Florida 28 out of a possible 34 weeks. In addition to coaching he has scouted for NBA teams, including the Knicks and the Hawks, and served as a general manager in the USBL.