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
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."
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
"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
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."
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