Originally Posted by Hillsdale87
BRM, I assume you're referring to Wayne Winston
. I'll be taking his class 2 weeks from now and am really looking forward to it
. He is now the stats guy for the Knicks and for IU. Here's a pretty cool article about the work he's doing in the NBA, trying to bring more analytics to basketball.
This conference looks awesome. I'd love to go some day.
Indeed I am! He is one of the most delightfully eccentric guys you'll ever meet. Very smart, very serious in an academic way, and very approachable. If you are interested in the same things he is he will talk to you for hours. I've always had a great time talking with him.
The last time I saw him I was kidding him about helping turn around IU basketball (right before last season started) and he took it very seriously. He got very defensive and insisted that he talks to Tom Crean all the time, even showed me his contact info in his cell phone. Hilarious.
If you want to get him going, ask him about his infamous evaluation of Kevin Durant. It all sounds pretty reasonable when he explains it, but still...
If you are about take his class, you must be in Bloomington. I really enjoyed my time there!