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How UConn men’s basketball team uses analytics company in recruiting, player analysis: ‘It’s a tool’

when tristen newton Announced he was leaving East Carolina and entering the NCAA transfer portal a little over a month ago, the UConn men’s basketball coaching staff immediately shot him up to the top of their wish list.

A 6-foot-5, scoring point guard who dropped 25 points on the Huskies as a freshman, Newton seemed to be exactly what UConn was looking for. Head coach Dan Hurley and assistants Kimani Young and Luke Murray made calls to former ECU coach Joe Dooley and others to do their due diligence on Newton.

They also sought information from HD Intelligence.

From whom, do you ask? HD Intelligence (HDI) is an analytics company founded in 2019 by Harvard graduates Matt Dover and Colton Houston. Taking its cue from NBA analytics departments, HDI looks to help college programs in two primary ways: performance analysis of players and scheduling opponents.

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