SportVU analytics taking hold in college hoops

This summer while at Northwestern’s Medill Cherubs program, I worked for weeks on what was our main assignment—to write a story on any trend that was happening anywhere in the world.

For my story, I chose to write about SportVU, a system of cameras in the rafters of every NBA arena and 3 college ones (Duke, Marquette, Louisville) that tracks player movement to spit out crazy advanced performance data. For the story, I made more phone calls than I thought would be humanly possible, once even making 41 calls in an hour. In the end, I interviewed people like J.A. Adande, Mike Trudell, Kirk Goldsberry and officials with NBA and NCAA teams.

Today, my nearly 2,000-word story was published on SB Nation’s Bucky’s 5th Quarter site. Check it out by clicking here.

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HP Sports Brief: Boys basketball advances to regional title game with thrilling win over New Trier

The Highland Park (IL) boys basketball team eked out a 44-41 win over New Trier on Wednesday night after David Hammes’ three-point attempt rimmed out at the buzzer for New Trier. With the victory, the team clinched its second back-to-back 20-win seasons in school history and advanced to the regional final against Lake Forest, who they beat in the same game last year and have played twice already this season.

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Abby George steals the show as Niles North upends Highland Park

In Friday night’s pivotal CSL North boys basketball contest, Niles North senior Abby George scored 27 points on 7-of-9 shooting to lift the Vikings over Highland Park, 51-50. You can find my game coverage for the Pioneer Press/Chicago Tribune Media by clicking here.

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HP Sports Brief: 5 wrestlers advance to sectionals, boys basketball on 5-game win streak

5 was the magic number yesterday. The HP wrestling squad advanced 5 wrestlers to this week’s sectional meet and the boys basketball team had won 5 in a row, including a 64-31 rout on Friday night. Sam Brief reports in this HP Sports Brief.

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HP Sports Brief Update: David Sachs beats the buzzer, Grace Quirk signs letter of intent

With Highland Park trailing 52-51 against No. 8 St. Joe’s with 3.3 seconds left, senior guard David Sachs dribbled down the length of the court and nailed a buzzer-beating layup to give the Giants a 53-52 upset win. Also, senior basketball and soccer star Grace Quirk signed her letter of intent to play goalie at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on Wednesday. Sam Brief reports in this HP Sports Brief.

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HP Sports Brief: Boys basketball team falls to Deerfield, rebounds less than 24 hours later

The Highland Park boys basketball team led Deerfield, 12-10, after a quarter but scored just 16 points in the final 3 quarters and fell to their conference rivals, 42-28. But the Giants rebounded the next morning against Julian, 52-36, and maintain a positive outlook for the rest of their season. Sam Brief reports for HPTV in this episode of the HP Sports Brief.

And here’s the link for my coverage for Chicago Tribune Media/Pioneer Press.

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HP Sports Brief: Late heroics from David Sachs cap comeback win over Niles North

Highland Park boys basketball trailed by as much as 10 to Niles North but David Sachs, who was held scoreless in the first half, tallied 11 fourth-quarter points (nine in the final 3:34) and the Giants took down Niles North to force a three-way tie atop the CSL North. For Sachs, his domination down the stretch was a breakthrough moment for him and his team. Sam Brief reports from Skokie in this HP Sports Brief.

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HP Sports Brief: Boys basketball bounces back with second-half drubbing of Maine West

The Giants trailed, 20-19, at halftime but won, 62-37, against CSL North rival Maine West. The Giants (5-2, 1-1 CSL North) bounced back from their emotional home loss to Deerfield last week. Sam Brief reports from Highland Park in this week’s HP Sports Brief. Feel free to send any feedback using the “Contact Me” page on the lefthand column. You can also find me on Twitter and on Facebook. Also be sure to check out my YouTube channel.

HP Sports Brief: Quirk shines but Highland Park girls basketball falls to Deerfield

Grace Quirk scored 20 points in her return from a 6-game absence but a 10-0 Deerfield run in the fourth quarter shut down the Giants’ attempt to grab their first win of the season. Sam Brief reports from Deerfield in this edition of the HP Sports Brief. Feel free to send any feedback using the “Contact Me” page on the lefthand column. You can also find me on Twitter and on Facebook. Also be sure to check out my YouTube channel.

HP Sports Brief: Deerfield upsets Highland Park in boys basketball rivalry matchup

A 12-0 Deerfield run to start the second half sparked by junior Jordan Baum catapulted the Warriors to victory over the Giants in the first CSL North game for both teams. The Giants drop to 4-2 overall with the loss. Sam Brief reports from Highland Park. Feel free to send any feedback using the “Contact Me” page on the lefthand column. You can also find me on Twitter and on Facebook. Also be sure to check out my YouTube channel.

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