Featured Alumnus: Jason Rosenfeld, AB in Statistics, 2012
Jason loved math from an early age. In high school, he read Moneyball and thought, “why not basketball, and why not me?” His decision to study statistics was thus an easy one. When he joined our program, there were only a handful of concentrators, which gave the department a small family feeling. He was thoroughly challenged and learned how to think critically – a major skill developed in the program. He found opportunities to build relationships with everyone here, which became vital as he worked closely with Professor Emeritus Carl Morris (prominently featured in Moneyball!), who became a mentor and friend. Professor Morris advised Jason on his senior thesis, 'An In-Game Win Probability Model for the NBA', and they co-published a paper, 'Predicting Overtime with the Pythagorean Formula.’
Jason served as co-president of the Harvard Sports Analytics Collective (HSAC), and got his start in sports analytics interning for the Houston Rockets. Since then, he’s led multiple basketball analytics teams, including at the Charlotte Hornets, LA Lakers, and the NBA League Office. He's built proprietary tools to improve player evaluation and in-game strategy, and led the development of ‘hustle stats,’ a new set of statistics that is used by NBA teams, fans, and media. Fluent in Mandarin, Jason also applied his sports analytics knowledge internationally, serving as the Assistant GM of the Shanghai Sharks.
Jason is currently an adjunct instructor at NYU, where he created the first-ever course on basketball analytics. He has the unique distinction of having worked for NBA legends Michael Jordan, Yao Ming, and Magic Johnson, and will forever be grateful to the Harvard Statistics Department for preparing him for such amazing experiences.