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Kirk Goldsberry’s Going Pro

For years, Kirk Goldsberry ’99 has been one of the most widely respected analytical minds in all of basketball. His work was prominently featured on ESPN websites, most notably the now-defunct Grantland (you might also remember that we featured him in our May/June 2015 issue). Goldsberry became famous for making maps that charted how NBA players shot from various areas of the floor. Here’s an example:

When he wasn’t writing about basketball, Goldsberry was a visiting scholar at Harvard; his projects included geographic education, space-time graphics, and mapping food environments and healthcare environments.

Now, Goldsberry has decided to commit full-time to hoops. He’s joining the San Antonio Spurs, long revered for being one of the more forward-thinking teams in the NBA when it comes to advanced statistical analysis. Goldsberry hasn’t said exactly what he’ll be doing for the five-time champions, but don’t be surprised if his expertise helps keep them near the top of the league.

Bill DiFilippo, online editor

March 1, 2016 at 1:54 pm Leave a comment

Penn State Will Return To Rec Hall (Again)

(c) Annemarie Mountz

(c) Annemarie Mountz

The Nittany Lion basketball team’s 2015-16 non-conference schedule was released today, and it includes a pair of games in Rec Hall. The games will be on Dec. 10 and 12 against Canisius and Louisiana-Monroe, respectively. Penn State most recently played in its old home in 2013.

We’ve written pretty extensively about how spectacular of a venue Rec Hall was during its halcyon days—ESPN’s Jalen Rose has even gone as far as saying it was “easily the hardest place to play in the Big Ten,” according to Grantland’s Kirk Goldsberry ’99. The venue was at its best when the Bruce Parkhill-led Lions took on top-ranked Indiana in 1993, which you can read about right here. Hopefully we see this electric environment again soon.

Bill DiFilippo, online editor

August 4, 2015 at 2:16 pm Leave a comment


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