Back Screen Post – Man to Man Play

Back Screen Post - Man to Man Play

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Overview of the Play

One of my favorite plays for catching the defense off guard getting a quick post up. This occurs on a back screen out of a staggered screen to an open block. If the post isn’t open, there’s a staggered screen for a weak side shooter.

Key Personnel:

  • A great post player at the 5 position. The key goal of this play is to get a quick and clear post up.
  • 2 should be your team’s best shooter.


Setup: The play starts in a 3-out 2-in formation with the posts on the elbows and the wing players in the corners.

Back Screen Post

1. 1 starts the drill by dribbling their defender down one side of the floor to create good screening angle.

2. 3 walks their defender down to the low block.

3. 4 and 5 set a staggered screen for 1 as they dribble around the top of the key.

4. As 1 is dribbling off the screens, 3 sprints up and sets a strong back screen on 5’s defender.

5. 5 immediately rolls to the basket looking for the pass for the quick layup. If that’s not open, they establish deep post position.

6. If 1 can’t get the basketball into the post, 3 and 4 set a staggered screen for 2 who cuts to the top of the key ready for the open shot.

Coaching Points:

  • Start the play with your best shooter on the same side as the best post player.
  • If 3’s defender stays in the key to deter the pass, 3 can pop to the top of the key off a quick screen by 4 for the open shot.