|Hi-Lo is a great baseline out of bounds play to run against switching man to man defenses because it takes advangatage oif the switch through a simple screening scenario that places a defender on the secondary scorer”s back, and allows the screener space to roll back to the ball for a shot in the paint
It is important that the primary and secondary scorers, 4 and 5, be athletic enough to catch, shoot and finish in the basket area. For a great description of players’ basic roles in out of bounds situations, check out Coach Wasberg’s Article on the Keys to scoring off of baseline out of bounds plays.
In Hi-Lo, 2 is the shooter, and is responsible for occupying his defender so that the defender doesn’t help on the screen between 4 and 5. 2 must be willing to catch and shoot from the corner.
5 is the primary scorer. 5 starts at the elbow, opposite the ball. 5 influences, and rips a screen from 4 at the elbow with a change of speed, change of direction cut to the basket
4 is the secondary and is the player most likely to be open, if the play is executed well. 4 sets the screen at the elbow for 5, then rolls back to the (weakside) basket for the inbounds pass and score.
Note: It is important that the screen be set at or above the elbow, and not too deep inside of the paint. This provides 4 with enough space to roll back to the ball and make the play without getting stuck under the backboard or going out of bounds.
1 is the safety release. 1 spots up in the corner and makes any cut necessary to provide a release pass if the screen between 4 and 5 breaks down
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