A simple quick hitter from the box set, the ‘Flash High, Pass Low‘ play is an efficient basketball play useful in getting an open layup attempt. Good for any level of play, it is an effective play for youth basketball teams because it is easy to run.
Obviously, that makes it easy to run at all levels, but it would also be easier to defend. Young and beginning defenders might be found trailing the screen and standing when his opponent cuts.
The play begins in a box set, as shown, with the ball at the top of the key. Player 5 will initiate the play by flashing to the free throw line and receiving a pass from 1.
As 5 is flashing high, 2 will set a downscreen for 4. 4 will cut as though he is going to the wing but then curl around the downscreen. 5 will look for 4 cutting into the lane. If open, 4 should have a layup.
In case 4 is not open, 3 should make a backdoor cut. If his defender either falls asleep or gets to aggressive in the passing lane, 3 may be open for a layup.