In basketball, an away screen is a screen set for a player who does not have the ball, a player "away" from the basketball. The away screen is very common in offensive motions at all levels. It aims to facilitate a pass to the player who is receiving the screen leading to a score, or simply to create a mismatch that will be taken advantage of as the play develops.
The away screen will be commonly set by the player who just passed the ball away, who will then go on to set a screen to a player who might get the ball right after the screen. After the screen, the player may cut to the basket for an easy layup or simply get open to shoot a three. Several offensive systems make use of the away screen in many situations.