ShotTracker Data Helping Oklahoma State Hoops Performance
The Oklahoma State men's basketball program last summer added a ShotTracker system to its "auxiliary gym, which the team uses every other practice," helping the team make advancements in the "pursuit of improvement," according to Nathan Ruiz of the OKLAHOMAN. Players' movements and shots are all "technologically recorded in real time," with the "aid of sensors in the ceiling, small trackers attached to players' shoes and chargeable basketballs." The system is "used by most other Big 12 programs." It cost $45,000 to install but was "paid for by a private donor." The system "informs players of their 'hot spots'" on the floor, and coaches are able to "use the data to evaluate the team's most effective lineups." OSU Video Coordinator Dre Denbow "first brought the system" to coach Mike Boynton's attention after "receiving weekly emails from ShotTracker." OSU previously had "three student managers on the court during scrimmages, tracking shots by forwards, shots by guards, and assists and turnovers." Now, one manager "follows the players' actions using the ShotTracker app." Boynton said that the team is "examining trends every five or so games" (OKLAHOMAN, 1/23).