Ryan Coyle (@ryancoyle35)
During Colin Post’s four years as a member of the Pennridge basketball program, the Rams won a lot of games.
Pennridge compiled a 64-17 record from the 2017-18 season through the 2020-2021 season where Post wore the green and white.
Now, Post is ready to take that winning mentality he developed during his high school career up the Northeast Extension to Wilkes University to play for head coach Izzi Metz and the Colonels.
Colin Post (above, in Feb. 2020) will head up to Wilkes University (Pa.) for his college years. (Photo: Josh Verlin/CoBL)
Post was a reserve on the Pennridge team during his sophomore season, on a group led by his brother Jon Post, now playing football at East Stroudsburg, as well as Navy guard Sean Yoder. That team made it all the way to the PIAA 6A state championship game before losing in double overtime to a Kennedy Catholic team that featured current Kentucky big man Oscar Tshiebwe. Having had that experience as a member of that team, Post learned what it takes to be successful on the hardwood.
“The intensity that I learned how to play and practice from playing for Pennridge with my brother and Sean made me realize how much work that you really have to put in to succeed,” Post said.
“When we made that run to the state championship, I didn’t get much playing time, but I was able to watch and learn how to be successful at that level,” he added, “and was able to carry over those lessons learned these past two years that generated me and my teammates own success.”
After Yoder and Jon Post graduated in 2019, the torch was passed to Colin and Luke Yoder, Sean’s younger brother, to carry on the winning tradition that Dean Behrens’ program has built over the past decade.
“Colin Post is a winner,” Behrens said. “Competition and winning means everything to him. We won a lot of games with Colin during his time in the program.”
Post has been around the game since he was born. His father, seven-footer Jan Post, played two years at Temple University under the late, great John Chaney, including being a part of the 1990-91 Elite 8 team that went 24-10. Having that type of presence in his household growing up, Post has always been enamored with the game.
“He introduced me to the game at an early age and I have just always loved it,” Post said. “Having my Dad around and his knowledge and experiences that he has taught me has been huge in making me the player that I am today.”
Jan made sure from a young age that Colin was working on all aspects of his game and wasn’t banking on his son growing to be as tall as him, or his brother Jon who stands at 6-5.
“When I was younger, I was a little bit bigger than everybody else,” Post said. “but he made sure I wasn’t relying on my size and he got me handling the ball and working on my skills early to make sure I developed other parts of my game.”
Post still has grown to 6-2, but his familiarity with playing in the frontcourt during his youth, but his guard skills that he has developed through his high school years make him a “positionless player” that many college coaches are in search of on the recruiting trail.
“He is a very versatile player and going into the next level I don’t know if he has a certain position, but he can impact the game in a lot of ways,” Behrens said. “I think what Izzi Metz really liked about Colin is that he can rebound the basketball and defend at a high level.”
Wilkes is coming off a 4-5 2021 campaign due to the COVID-19 pandemic shortened season, but they return their top three scorers from last year including Drake Marshall (14.8 ppg), Trent Fisher (13.4 ppg), and Donovan Breeding (9.8 ppg). Fisher, a Pennridge grad and former teammate of Post, helped the 6-2 Post decide on attending Wilkes over other Division III schools in Gwynedd Mercy and Penn State-Abington.
“I visited and I knew how much I liked the coaching staff and the campus and I talked to Trent and he had nothing but good things to say,” Post said. “After getting that confirmation from him I knew it was the right place for me.”
Post projects as a good fit in Wilkes guard heavy offensive system thanks to his ability to play any spot on the floor and defend multiple positions. The plan for him is to show off that versatility when he gets on campus and help the team in whatever way he can.
“I feel like I can play almost any spot on the floor. I can play big if I need to, I can play either guard spot. I like to think of myself as a positionless player that can play wherever coach needs me to fit in.”
Whether Post is playing the point guard spot, or playing forward in a small ball lineup, his impact will be felt. Defending, rebounding, facilitating the offense, he is going to help the team win ball games just like he did at Pennridge. Going forward as he develops his skills, there is one thing he will already have that every player needs. A winning mentality.
“I think he can really help Wilkes going forward as he progresses his college career,” Behrens said.