Double Stack Low is a simple zone quick hitting play intended to get a jump shot from the weak side. With this setup, it will work best against an even front zone such as a 2-3 or 2-1-2.
1) The play starts off with O1 (this should be your best jump shooter) bringing the ball to the middle.
O1 calls the play (any number or name is fine).
2) Player’s O2 & O3 pop out to the wings to receive the ball.
3) O1 passes the ball to O2. Once the two low post players see where the ball is being passed to, the player on the same side of the court where the ball is passed (Player 4) goes to the opposite low post and sets a double screen.
4) O1 cuts to the basket, looking for a pass from O2. If the pass isn’t available the play continues.
O3 moves to the top of the key at the same time O1 is cutting to basket.
5) O1 goes behind the double screen set by O4 & O5.
The ball is passed back to the top of the key to O3.
6) Player 3 passes the ball to Player 1 for the jump shot. Player 2 drops down to help rebound.
Things to emphasize:
- Spacing is important. The players need to be far enough apart for the passes to go to the wings as well as to player shooting at the end of the play.
- The players popping up to the wings have to meet the pass in order to avoid steals.
- The passes must be quick in order to keep ahead of the defense’s reaction.
- The player cutting (O1 in this example) has to run hard to get into position for the jump shot. His shot has to be done in one motion without a dribble.
- This play can be run in either direction as long as the low post person knows to double screen to the opposite side.
- This play can also be used against a man to man defense.