44, 23. CREIGHTON BASKETBALL THE FLOOR FOR THE FIRST TIME THIS SEASON. A WEEK FROM TODAY WHEN THEY TIP OFF AGAINST DRURY AN EXHIBITION. THE JAYS HAVE SPENT THE LAST MONTH IN PRE-SEASON PRACTICES NAILING DOWN THE BASICS, LIKE PASSING DRIBBLING AND SHOOTING SOMETHING. THE JAYS HOPED TO IMPROVE ON THIS SEASON WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM SCIENCE. WHEN YOU WALK INTO THE CHAMPIONSHIP CENTER, IT LOOKS LIKE ANY NORMAL CREIGHTON PRACTICE SNEAKER SQUEAKING, WHISTLES BLOWING AND SWISH OF THE NET. BUT ONE THING IS DIFFERENT. IT’S COOL TO SEE LIKE IT’S SOMETHING THAT YOU KNOW, YOU WOULD NEVER HAVE. AND LIKE, THAT’S ONE GYM I USED TO WORK OUT IN IN TEXAS OR EVEN THE GYM BACK IN ARIZONA THAT I WAS IN. SO JUST BEING UP TO THE TIMES OF BASKETBALL IS PRETTY COOL. ALONG THE WALL, BASKETBALL’S CHARGE ON THE RACK. YES. YOU HEARD THAT RIGHT. BASKETBALL’S CHARGED ING ON THE RACK. IT’S UNBELIEVABLE THE TECHNOLOGY THAT WE’RE INCORPORATING WITH OUR GUYS. THAT TECHNOLOGY. SO THIS WAS A WORKOUT THAT MASON DID IS A SYSTEM CALLED SHOT TRACKER. A LOT OF TECHNOLOGIES, I THINK ARE MAYBE GIMMICKY IN ATHLETICS, BUT THIS ONE IS REALLY A TECHNOLOGY THAT A LOT OF REAL WORLD USE. THE SYSTEM IS RATHER SIMPLE. IT’S ALL JUST GPS WIRELESS SENSORS LINED THE WALLS, PROXIMITY SENSORS ARE PLACED IN THE BALLS, AND PLAYERS WEAR MICROCHIPS ON THE TOP OF THEIR SHOES. THE DATA DERIVED FROM THOSE DRILLS IS THEN DELIVERED IN REAL TIME TO IPADS RUN BY TEAM MANAGERS. THE WAY THAT IT PRESENTS POINTS PER SHOT, THE ANALYTICS TO THAT IS REALLY BENEFICIAL TO THEM BECAUSE THEY CAN SAY, WELL, MAYBE THIS MIDRANGE SHOT ISN’T AS GOOD AS A THREE POINT SHOT FOR ME. AND HERE’S IT GIVES YOU A CATCH AND SHOOT SHOT TRACKER LOGS, TYPES OF SHOTS, ZONES OF SHOOTING, MAKES AND MISSES. YOU NAME IT. CONCRETE NUMBERS. THAT COULD MAKE ALL THE DIFFERENCE. THE COURT. IT’S ONE THING AS A COACH TO TELL A GUY WHAT, WHAT I THINK I SEE AND A LITTLE BIT BETTER WHEN I HAVE THE DATA TO IT UP. AND THAT’S WHAT STAR TREK HAS FOR US. AND THE BLU RAY PLAYERS HAVE BOUGHT TO THE SCIENCE BEHIND THEIR SHOOTING. IT SHOWS YOU WHERE YOU’RE SHOOTING. WELL, WHAT YOU’RE NOT DOING SO WELL IN THIS AREA. SO I’M PROVEN SO THAT TECHNOLOGY JUST HELPS US IMPROVE AS PLAYERS. TECHNOLOGY, THE JAYS HOPE, LEADS THEM TO A BIG EAST TROPHY AND A NATION
Science of Shooting: Creighton basketball breaking in new technology
ShotTracker records types of shots, zones of shooting, makes, misses and so much more.
Creighton men’s basketball didn’t quite live up to its “Let It Fly” standards last season.Shooting numbers were below their norm, so this season, there’s a new focus on fixing those shooting woes.That’s where ShotTracker technology comes in, and so far, players and coaches alike are reaping the rewards of this system that breaks down the science behind their shooting.Matt Foster reports from the Championship Center on Creighton’s campus.
OMAHA, Neb. —
Creighton men’s basketball didn’t quite live up to its “Let It Fly” standards last season.
Shooting numbers were below their norm, so this season, there’s a new focus on fixing those shooting woes.
That’s where ShotTracker technology comes in, and so far, players and coaches alike are reaping the rewards of this system that breaks down the science behind their shooting.
Matt Foster reports from the Championship Center on Creighton’s campus.