My dad just forwarded me this Slate story on Kirk Goldsberry’s basketball study. Kirk is a fellow GIS-in-higher-ed enthusiast, currently at Harvard’s GIS Center. He presented his study at the Sloan Sports Analytics Conference; you can get a pdf of it from there too. I love it when the popular press picks up on stories like these, as it makes the ongoing GIS awareness campaign all the more fun! Nice work, Kirk!
Kirk’s study reminded me immediately of one done by an undergrad student at St. Lawrence University several years ago. Travis Gingras, a hockey goalie and GIS intern, similarly mapped the patterns of successful hockey shots. He won the (now defunct) Churchill Prize from NITLE for his mapping efforts.