Low - Really Simple Basketball Play
Ages: All Ages Youth Middle School High School+
This is a super simple play that is so effective and flexible, that this might be the ONLY PLAY YOU NEED. In fact when I was coaching sophomores, all we did was teach a very simple motion offense and had ONE play that was beyond belief simple. It was called "low".
We generally ran this play at the end of quarters but you can use it anytime. In fact, during one game in particular, we even ran the play over and over for about 5 minutes straight because they could not stop it. They know it's coming but you have the floor spread and they can't stop it.
1 - Your best playmaker that can handle the ball, drive, score, and pass.
2 & 3 - Good shooter than can be a threat from the outside.
4 & 5 - Someone that can rebound and make shots inside.
- Put your players in a 1-4 alignment along the baseline (low). Your best player should get the ball above top of key. You want your shooters in the corners to stretch the defense. Then your best player would just create.
- With the floor spread, Player 1 should be able to create and drive past their defender. From there, he/she just makes a good decision (shoot or pass to the open player for the shot).
- Many times Player 1 will drive to the basket, get almost there, and the help defense steps in. From there the point guard reads the defense and then kicks to a player in the corner for a wide open three. But sometimes your best player will get all the way to the basket for a layup or make a short dish to a post player for a layup. It doesn't get any simpler and we always get good shots from this play. The key is for Player 1 to make good decisions and kick it to the open player when the defense helps.
- It's also worth noting that if the defender stays low and helps, the wing should cut to the wing. If the defender comes up high to stop the ball, the wing should stay in the corner.
This play might seem too easy. Well, it is too easy but it works. All you need is one good player and a couple players that can stand and shoot. You just let your point guard create and make plays.
The great thing about it is that it's so flexible and so easy that you have time to work on other things. That's why I used this play. I wanted to spend as much time as possible working on fundamentals. So we didn't even practice plays. We just used this set at the end of quarters and it worked great.