Today’s sports fan craves deep insight and analysis presented in an easy-to-digest, visual format. We’ve compiled some of the top players for teams headed to the March Madness tournament to showcase how the X-Y coordinates of shot location can be used to tell better stories. Shot location is charted and made available in our NCAA Men’s Basketball API. The charts featured below represent the players’ average points-per-shot in a given court location as compared to the NCAA average from that location. Drop us a message if you are interested in learning more about how you can utilize our feed to create compelling visuals.
The Bruins have two of college basketball’s most efficient shooters in Lonzo Ball and Bryce Alford. Alford currently leads the nation in 3-point shooting percentage among players with at least 200 attempts at 44.9 percent. Ball is similarly efficient making 41.9 percent of his 3-point attempts.
A highly-rated NBA prospect, Ball also excels at passing. No player in college basketball has assisted on as many 3-point buckets (96). Moreover, the Ball-to-Alford connection has produced 39 made 3-pointers, the most productive combination in the nation.
Whereas Alford scores primarily through perimeter jumpers, Ball can work inside as well as anyone in college basketball. He makes 75.7 percent of his attempts within seven feet of the rim, the fourth-best rate among players with at least 100 shots within the Power 5 conferences.
University of Kentucky
The Kentucky Wildcats have a pair of dynamic freshman guards who complement each other’s game perfectly. De’Aaron Fox leads the SEC with 5.0 assists per game, but he has shot poorly from beyond the arc, making just 21 percent of his attempts. Malik Monk, on the other hand, makes up for Fox’s poor outside shooting by knocking down 40.9 percent from 3-point landand is especially lethal from the corners. Monk’s 21.2 points per game lead all freshmen this season.
Oregon finished atop the Pac-12 with the help of a much-improved Dillon Brooks. The shot charts above illustrate the difference between Brooks’ 2015 season with his 2016 season. Even though he is scoring close to the same amount of points, 16.0 vs. 16.7, his efficiency has improved dramatically. Brooks’ 3-point percentage has jumped from 33.8 percent to 42.1 percent this season and his overall field-goal percentage has improved from 47.0 percent to 52.7 percent.