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Whether on a school team or the NBA, shooting accuracy is a key factor of success in basketball. Players are always practicing to perfect their 3-point shot, for example. Atlanta Hawks' point guard Jeremy Lin wants to use technology to help players get more accurate.

Lin and NEX Team, a California-based startup, designed the Homecourt app (iOS). The app tracks and analyzes how a player makes shots during practice or a game.

"You can't improve what you can't measure," said David Lee, who serves as NEX chief executive.

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The app uses AI and your phone's camera to track shots made, missed, and the location. Homecourt gives you unlimited shots for 30 days. Monthly subscriptions run at $7.99, or 300 shots. Unlimited shots are also available in subscriptions.

Homecourt released version 2.0 on October 16, offering Pro users the Shot Science feature.

With the Pro subscription, players can get real-time analytics on ball release time, release angle, leg angle, speed and vertical.

The new feature was developed with the help of Hall of Fame point guard Steven Nash.

"We wanted to bring the same types of statistics that have been popularized by shows like ESPN's Sports Science to every athlete in an incredibly, user-friendly format ," Lee said in a press release. "Shot Science is made by possible by advancements in computer vision, artificial intelligence technologies as well as improved mobile device hardware."

With Homecourt, users can review captured videos in shot-by-shot slow motion to better analyze a player's posture.

The profile page can be set up to keep track of improvements, statistics, and personal bests. All your shooting sessions will be logged on the app, and the percentages totaled. You can even compete with friends or other Homecourt users worldwide with the challenges and leaderboards.

NBA teams like the Boston Celtics, the Philadelphia 76ers, and some college teams like Duke and Stanford are using Homecourt during training. Lin hopes the app will make it easier to play basketball and improve your game.

"I visit young players all over the world and I often get questions about how to improve their game, especially in places where the basketball development infrastructure is less mature," Lin said. "One common misconception is about practicing harder or longer, but it's not that simple. It's also about working smart."

Homecourt does have a few conditions to make the most of your recording experience. The app's website explained that the most accurate information is generated if:

  • The court has clearly drawn lines
  • You're using a standard 10 foot-tall hoop
  • The less background movement the better (i.e. traffic, trees, other players)
  • Our environment is well lit
  • A standard color ball is used
  • iPhone/iPad set up at 5 feet above ground with a clear view of the hoop, player, and 3-point line simultaneously.
  • iPhone/iPad stays still while recording

Homecourt works with iPhone 6s or newer, iPad Pro 2016 or newer, and iPad 6th generation or newer. You can still watch video footage on the iPhone 5s or older devices.

"We don't call ourselves a basketball company, we think of ourselves as a mobile AI company," Lee told TechCrunch. "It happens that basketball is the first sport where we're applying our tech."

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Updated on October 17, 2018, 4:16 p.m.

Takeaways

  1. The Homecourt app is an app for basketball teams, professional or amateur, to help them improve their shooting accuracy.
  2. The app uses AI to let players see their posture when shooting, and analyze the number of makes, misses, and location of shots.

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Shelby is an Associate Writer for CNET's Download.com. She served as Editor in Chief for the Louisville Cardinal newspaper at the University of Louisville. She interned as Creative Non-Fiction Editor for Miracle Monocle literary magazine. Her work appears in Glass Mountain Magazine, Bookends Review, Soundings East, and on Louisville.com. Her cat, Puck, is the best cat ever.