I'm James Kerti.
I've done a bunch of different things.
Maybe most notably, I've been working in basketball as a scout and consultant since 2012.
I attended many high school and grassroots games to evaluate players in support of our clients, who were college basketball programs.
Most of my basketball projects are now NBA-related consulting work, which includes activities and projects such as:
- Video scouting and analysis focused on draft prospects of interest
- Regional live scouting of college games plus background research
- Video analysis of NBA games to identify the frequency of specific events
- Research analysis and strategic recommendations related to optimal strategy in the NBA Draft and free agency, player contract option decisions, and more
I write about basketball scouting and analysis at HoopsThink.com, a website I started in 2013. You can visit there to download my free ebook The Basketball Scout's Cheat Sheet: The 4 Pillars of Effective Scouting. Sign up for the email list at HoopsThink to get updates and exclusive content. It's the best place to see my public work in the industry.
I graduated from Villanova University with a computer science degree and briefly worked at Oracle. I also completed Master's coursework in computer science at both Villanova and Georgia Tech.
For several years after graduating, I did freelance web design and development projects, mostly on WordPress-based premium websites in the sports industry and the new age community.
Recently — and partly from being around sports analysis — I started developing a greater interest in data science. I've been studying it in both formal (university) and informal (books and online classes) settings. I'm focused mostly on learning R at the moment. I dabble with Python, which I've also used for some light web development. I intend to use this blog to share what I'm learning and working on.
I use Debian on my desktop and a MacBook. I have an old Windows laptop in my closet, too. It still works last time I checked.
I enjoy reading biographies and books about sports, psychology, and marketing. I read paper books and listen to audiobooks with Audible. I own a Kindle I don't use.
I appreciate the Grateful Dead.
I previously lived in the suburbs of Philadelphia, Las Vegas, and Portland.
I now live in a small town on the Oregon Coast with my wife Erin-Ashley and our five cats.