Owning the Paint with Data and Shot Charts

Kevin Furtado has improved an upstart var­si­ty girls bas­ket­ball pro­gram by near­ly 20 wins in a sea­son. He shows us how he mea­sures his suc­cess by tying met­rics and video together.

Owning the Paint with Data and Shot Charts

Kevin Furtado has improved an upstart var­si­ty girls bas­ket­ball pro­gram by near­ly 20 wins in a sea­son. He shows us how he mea­sures his suc­cess by tying met­rics and video together.

0:35 — Reflecting on a his­toric sea­son.

2019 – 20 was Lake Oconee girls basketball’s best sea­son ever. Furtado talks about the suc­cess­ful campaign.

1:55 — Effects on the col­lege recruit­ing circuit.

COVID restric­tions present an inter­est­ing dilem­ma for both col­lege recruiters and high school ath­letes look­ing to play at the next lev­el. Furtado talks about how his pro­gram is han­dling it.

3:20 — How do you set the table in uncer­tain times?

Furtado talks about how he’s keep­ing his play­ers con­nect­ed and engaged with work­out plans and challenges. 

5:05 — How the Titans tie data to their strategy

Furtado takes us into his Hudl account to show us how he mea­sures their suc­cess and sets goals, including:

  • Turnover per­cent­age — 15 per­cent or low­er (8:00)
  • Shot charts — The Titans own the right block, and use these num­bers to shape their strat­e­gy (8:50)
  • Three-point range — If you’re above 30 per­cent from each of the five areas on Hudl’s shot chart, Furtado says, you’re in good shape (10:55)

11:15 — Film study with Furtado

Furtado breaks down film of the Titans’ best per­for­mance of the play­offs, and some of the key strate­gies that led to the win: 

  • Short cor­ner to high post dives (12:50)
  • Cross action to the low blocks (13:20)
  • Coming down­hill with pur­pose (13:50)
  • Why so many cuts? (14:50)
  • Opportunities from the top of the key (16:15)

18:35 — Examining the three-pointer’s true value

Effective field goal per­cent­age has been a dri­ving force in the Titans’ year-over-year improve­ment. Furtado talks about how he lever­ages the stat in play­er development.

20:30 — Incorporating med­i­cine balls in play­er development

Ball tough­ness” is Furtado’s top pri­or­i­ty. He explains the meth­ods he uses to build strength in play­ers’ hands, wrists, shoul­ders and legs, with the help of pads and med balls.

22:50 — Lessons from a high school coach­ing legend

Jill Nagel, Missouri’s all-time leader in state titles won by a female bas­ket­ball coach, empha­sizes points per pos­ses­sion. The key to that, she told Furtado, is tak­ing care of the ball. 

24:00 — The impor­tance of free throw factor

This is anoth­er stat Furtado pays a lot of atten­tion to on game reports. The Titans shot excep­tion­al­ly well from the line, but didn’t get there enough, which is why he’s look­ing to get his team’s FTF above a 0.4.

27:00 — Why tying data and video togeth­er mat­ters — and where to start

Furtado talks about the strong sell­ing point” of see­ing your per­for­mance on film tied to met­rics, and the most impor­tant first steps coach­es look­ing to embrace ana­lyt­ics should take.

30:50 — Furtado’s Championship Vision” podcast

Furtado inter­views some of the best coach­es in the coun­try on his pod­cast, Championship Vision”. He shares how you can keep the con­ver­sa­tion going with him.