December 3, 2012 in Division I
Over the summer, I did a ‘stat week’ series, looking at some of Michigan’s connections to advanced stats work going on in basketball. One of the interviews was with Marc Andreas, founder of NetValue, a startup based in Western Michigan focused on in-depth analysis of defense.
NetValue just recently announced that it will be working with the Baylor basketball team this season. From the news release:
I’m excited to share that NetValue has landed its first full-season contract with a major division 1 Men’s Basketball Team, Baylor University. The Baylor coaching staff have seen great value in the new and better NetValue box scores (stats) enabling them to see the full impact each player is having during the game. Being able to show how many points and rebounds each player is giving up will give them a unique competitive advantage this season. As they show game tape to players following games, Baylor coaches are using the NetValue numbers to teach and motivate players to play better defense and get more rebounds. Baylor began this year as a top 20 ranked team and has had a great run the last few years including making it to the Elite Eight in last year’s NCAA tournament.
During this holiday season, I want to say a huge thanks to Tommy Kyle, the executive director of Nations of Coaches for introducing us to Baylor. If you are looking for a place to give a charitable donation before the end of the year, join me in giving a gift to Nations of Coaches, a great organization placing chaplains in dozens of major university basketball programs around the country. Check out www.nationsofcoaches.com
to learn more and give online.