DURHAM, N.C. -- The Duke men's basketball team is trading in the traditional notebook and hard copy scouting reports for the latest in technology in 2012-13. The Blue Devils will use the Apple iPad 3 64 GB with retina display for everything from scouting reports to practice and game videos next season, becoming the first college basketball program in the country to announce that move.
"The Duke basketball program is always trying to equip our players and staff with the very best resources, and the introduction of the iPads is another step in that direction," said associate head coach Steve Wojciechowski. "This new technology will help all of us work more efficiently and productively, while communicating at a higher level. We are very excited to involve the iPads in our day-to-day operations, evaluating our scouting, video analysis, schedule and game preparation."
Each iPad will include practice schedules, weekly itineraries, scouting reports, game and practice statistics as well as an extensive library of videos (practices, games, opponents and player specific video edits). The Duke players and coaches will also have the ability to take notes on the devices during film breakdown and on scouting reports.
"We are all excited to have these new tablets, and it's going to be great for our team," said senior captain Ryan Kelly. "Individually, I love to break down game footage, and that's something that's going to be easier now. I'll be able to watch game film, practice film and even opponent film on my own time at home and also on the road."
Duke will not place any restrictions on the iPads, allowing the Blue Devils to use them to enhance their educational experience as well as provide some occasional entertainment with music and movie libraries, internet and social media site access and yes, the occasional game of Angry Birds or Words with Friends. The iPads will also be equipped with tracking software and can easily be erased or wiped clean if stolen or lost.
"We are traveling so much that the tablets will also be great to help with school work and to take a break to watch a movie or listen to some music," Kelly added. "I am really excited about it, and I know my teammates are as well."
The iPads will remain the property of Duke University, but each player will have the opportunity to purchase the device at market price upon their graduation.
Duke will handle the entire project in-house unlike many of the professional and college football programs that have begun using iPad technology. Video coordinator Kevin Cullen and operations intern Casey Stevenson will take an active role in keeping each player's iPad updated.