Stat Breakdowns Are Evolving the Approach to Basketball Analysis

Hudl’s advanced reports are expand­ing the way Mahomet-Seymour coach Chad Benedict sees the game.

Stat Breakdowns Are Evolving the Approach to Basketball Analysis

Hudl’s advanced reports are expand­ing the way Mahomet-Seymour coach Chad Benedict sees the game.

Chad Benedict has been using Hudl for the past five sea­sons, and it’s helped his Mahomet-Seymour (Illinois) squad secure region­al titles in two of the last four.

But it wasn’t until last sea­son that Benedict tru­ly unlocked the ben­e­fits of Hudl’s advanced reports. Previously, Mahomet-Seymour had used a cou­ple of stu­dents to tag their games, but the school turned to Hudl Assist last year. 

No offense to his pre­vi­ous tag­gers, but Benedict found him­self trust­ing the infor­ma­tion more, and it led to bet­ter in-game results as the Bulldogs cap­tured their sec­tion­al title.

It’s cer­tain­ly evolved. We use it for scout­ing, teach­ing and stats,” Benedict said. In a lot of the phas­es of the game, we find it to be a very use­ful tool. I think the ease of it and the reli­a­bil­i­ty of it has been extreme­ly high.”

Benedict sets goals for the Bulldogs before every game, and with a few clicks he can eas­i­ly access how they did in those areas. For exam­ple, if Mahomet-Seymour allows 10 offen­sive rebounds, Benedict can iso­late those plays and uncov­er why the oppo­nent was so effec­tive in cre­at­ing sec­ond chances. 

We can address it a lot more effi­cient­ly,” Benedict said. You’re not going through and watch­ing the whole film. I can get a stat on a play in a game, and go back and tag it and make my indi­vid­ual high­lights for each one of the kids and it takes me 20 minutes.

The kids can watch it on their own or I can grab them with an iPad and say, This is what I want you to think about.’ From that stand­point, there is no doubt that it has total­ly stream­lined the process.”

Benedict also uses advanced reports on his oppo­nents, par­tic­u­lar­ly the best play­ers. The shot charts show where the oppo­si­tion is get­ting its most effi­cient attempts from, allow­ing Benedict to mold his game plan in an attempt to lim­it those looks.

The shot charts have also proven from a psy­cho­log­i­cal stand­point. Benedict uses them to show play­ers that they’re light­ing it up from cer­tain areas of the floor, inject­ing con­fi­dence into their psyches.

If they see that they’re shoot­ing it well from one area over anoth­er, you try to stress to them to get to those cer­tain areas,” Benedict said. If we played a team the first time in con­fer­ence, you can kind of see where you can get your shots from, and then in prac­tice you’re design­ing your shoot­ing drills to get to cer­tain areas of the floor, espe­cial­ly (against) teams that use zone. 

If you can break them down in cer­tain areas of the floor, we’ll grind more shots out in prac­tice prepar­ing for that team if we can see where we got those shots last time and had success.”

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