Though he grew up in Celebration, Florida, Ben’s parents—both Bulldogs—passed along a love for UGA. The Ramsey Honors Scholarship, a prestigious merit-based award, made attending UGA as financially viable as enrolling at a school in Florida.
A lifelong love of basketball led to Ben’s interest in sports analytics. Now, he is pursuing a bachelor’s in management information systems and a master’s degree in business analytics from the Terry College of Business. Through UGA’s Double Dawg program, he will earn both degrees in four years. Ben will also earn a minor in sport management from the College of Education.
Adding to his rigorous academic schedule, Ben tracks the men’s basketball team’s practice stats. His scrupulous spreadsheet—detailing shots, turnovers and more—provides hard data and the motivation a player might need to improve. Ben also researches statistics on opponents, giving pre-game reports that go beyond video.
“I enjoy looking at graphs and numbers and am always trying to figure out trends,” said Ben. “This is the perfect way for me to pursue sports but play on a different side of the game.”