First let me say that every team that participates in summer basketball is a NOT an AAU team. There are several organizations that host basketball tournaments that are not part of the AAU brand. AAU is a non-profit organization that you must be a member of and host several AAU certified events. Don't get me wrong there are some really good organizations out there besides AAU that your team can compete in. Locally here in Arkansas we have Get Smart Sports, HoopPlay USA, and Arkansas Hardwood Basketball Tournaments to name a few.
Post players like Tim Duncan, LaMarcus Aldridge, and Zach Randolph, to name a few, have several skills that make them great post players. These skills are game changers that have a positive effect on the outcome of the game. We're not just talking offense here either. Great post players like those mentioned can have an effect on the game on both ends of the floor. They have presence on the low block that can demand double teams. They rebound the ball well, get teammates open by setting great screens, and they have a defensive presence by being a rim protector that gives perimeter players confidence to apply pressure to the ball. Lets take a look at 6 skills every post player should develop.
Over the past 14 years I have had the opportunity to train and work with a number of different players. Some were very skilled and others not so much. One thing I have learned is to base my skill development on the player's ability and not my own expectations. I can't expect every 6th grader to be able to do certain skills like shoot the ball with proper form, be able to handle the ball with their weak hand, or have good footwork. Every kid is different with contrasting abilities and skills. What I do expect from my younger players is NOTHING. Everything I do with my players are based on their skill level. I may have a 3rd grader that can shoot the ball with proper form, good footwork, and can execute different dribble moves. At the same time I may have a 6th grader that can barely catch the basketball.
Whenever I am training players that play on the perimeter I make it a priority to stress the importance of facing the basket on the catch. Players must understand that by "taking a peek" at the rim whenever they catch the ball on the perimeter it gives the illusion that they are a threat. It engages their defender.