What was the role of a low pointer in years past as compared to now, Vanessa Erskine?

“The role of a low pointer has definitely changed since 15+ years ago. I have only been playing basketball for 6 years but even in these 6 years, you can really see the evolution of the role. More and more low pointers are becoming scoring threats on offense as well as still being able to pick and seal. I think a lot of this has been because of the development of the equipment. A basketball chair with the proper straps and dump and set up can allow a low pointer to be quick and have balance. In the past, without anti-tip wheels, less camber, little to no straps, etc. Low pointers weren’t able to really move quiet as well. Also, defensively, low pointers are able to defend higher classification players which really helps the defense be able to have an advantage. 

Some notable low pointers from the mens side for me are Erik Barber (former USA mens national team), Abdi Jama (GB Mens national team) and Ian Lynch (USA Mens national team). On the women’s side: Annika Zeyen (Germany), Darlene Hunter (USA) and Jitske Visser (NED).

Photo: Steffie Wunderl

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