End-out plays can be characterized by what the inbounder does after passing:
- just enter the court, usually opposite the ball
- use a downscreen from the ballside wing
- flex screen for the ballside wing
- use a double-screen
- use a single-double screen
- cross-screen then use a downscreen (triangle action)
- cross-screen then use a double-screen
- follow his pass for a handback.
A stack (line) or box set are common alignments. From a box set, screening options include:
- two cross-screens
- two upscreens
- diagonal upscreen
- upscreen then diagonal upscreen
- diagonal upscreen then upscreen.
A common end-out tactic against zone defence is to use both corners, see Corners (zone). For end-outs that can be used against man or zone defence, see Line, Lob to 5, Stack 3, Jayhawk, Izzo chips, special and special-special, and Tennessee and Trojans also use the corners.
On side-outs, common actions are a zipper cut by the primary receiver, and a backscreen for the inbounder (e.g. Backscreen-flarescreen). Another counter against entry denial is a ballside overload and backscreen for the primary receiver, which can lead to a lob pass for an easy basket (e.g. Huskie).