12 Jan Going Deeper into Post Cuts
In a previous post, we took the Pass & Cut layer and added some depth to the options. That gave us the Puppy Dog Front Cut and the Draft Drive.
Now, in Layer 2, we’ll look at going deeper into the Post Cuts – notice that I’ve used the Laker Cut in the examples, but the other Post Cuts (X and Relocate) could work too.
These are clips from the University of Iowa, but the principles (especially in these early layers) can be used at all levels. Next time you want to add something to your Read & React attack, at least consider going deeper in the layers you already have in place rather than defaulting to adding more layers. You may be surprised at what you can get.
Once you’ve mastered the basic post feed followed by a Laker Cut, you can begin to go a little deeper…
After the post feed, the feeder must make a Post Cut (in this instance the Laker Cut). That spot vacated by the cutter must then be filled. Simple enough, right?
But, what if neither the Laker Cut or the Fill is open?
Well, one option is to have your Post Player make a great move and score! (Or, Is that too much wishful thinking?)
If not, the Filler who is not open, should then Laker Cut herself without hesitation. You’ll notice that in the clip #31 recognizes this opportunity even before filling all the way. Her defender anticipates the fill, and the early Laker Cut makes her pay for it.
Another step deeper…
A penetrator who gets stopped in the post and picks up her dribble has just become a Post Player.
So, if a dribble attack occurs and the Safety Valve is not open, the Safety Valve must treat the situation as if she has just fed the post. That means, she must choose one of the Post Cuts.
And deeper still…
Finally, if the cutter receives the dish from the Post, but gets stopped, it’s time to combo this layer with another (in the clip, it’s the Baseline Drive).