DURHAM, N.C. -- Earlier this fall, the Duke men's basketball team announced it would use tablet technology to automate scouting reports, day-to-day operations and video footage during the 2012-13 season. The Blue Devils are now taking it one step further by becoming the first college basketball program to use an iPad app to collect and calculate Player Efficiency Ratings (PER) during practices and games.
Until recently, Duke managers would tally player statistics on paper and enter them into a spreadsheet, a tedious and time-consuming process that required extensive review in order to ensure accuracy. After switching to SportsBoard Basketball Scout (www.sportsboard-win.com), managers tally stats on an iPad screen and generate PER reports within minutes of practices ending.
"SportsBoard has been a nice addition to our program, " said assistant head coach Steve Wojciechowski. "Distributing PER reports to each player's iPad at the end of practice provides immediate feedback, allowing them to identify their strengths and weaknesses from that practice and cumulatively for the season. The timeliness and efficiency of this feedback will be an excellent tool to help our guys grow and develop."
A PER consists of a point system that rewards positive results like made shots, assists, rebounds, blocks, loose balls, deflections, and steals with positive points and penalizes results like missed shots, turnovers and personal fouls with negative points.
Duke Basketball manager Scott Lamson got introduced to Basketball Scout this past summer when he worked as an intern for West Shore Technologies, the developer of Basketball Scout. Lamson approached Duke Basketball's video coordinator Kevin Cullen in July about processes that Duke could address with Basketball Scout, and the PER reports immediately came to mind.
"There weren't many processes left for us to automate, but the PER reporting process was definitely an opportunity," said Cullen. "Reducing that process from one hour to a few minutes makes us smarter and faster, and loosens our staff up to do other more important tasks essential to our success."
The Blue Devils turned to tablets this fall so players and coaches could have easier access to opponent scouting reports, practice schedules, weekly itineraries and practice and game film. Basketball Scout has given Duke yet another justification for adopting tablet technology.
"We're flattered and honored to have Duke Basketball as our partner," said Gregg Jacobs, CEO and founder of West Shore. "So many college and high school programs want to mimic Duke but don't have the same staff resources; and now they can for PER reporting by letting SportsBoard automate tasks that staff would previously have to do."