A Critical Slam Dunk for Basketball-Loving Duke Alum
Partner at Arnall Golden has a nationwide audience for his ACC analyses
Basketball is king in Durham, N.C., where people regularly camp out for days to get into a big game and become one of the "Cameron Crazies" for a night.
Sleeping in the snow outside a basketball arena is one thing. Writing detailed, statistic-heavy, 2,500-word previews on every Atlantic Coast Conference team is another.
James Gober, a partner at Arnall Golden Gregory who leads the firm's real estate litigation practice, has been doing the latter for years. He sends his work to friends and then updates his analysis of players and teams throughout the season.
Gober (Duke '72) has an ACC Basketball jones.
This year his work has been picked up by newspapers and sports Internet sites around the country. That has significantly increased his audience. He talked to the Daily Report about his love of hoops.
Can you remember when you started doing these reports?
Not really, but I would guess about 15 or 20 years ago was when they first were circulated.
How many people did you include on your first emails?
There were about 30 people on my list when I made the switch from regular mail to email.
You went to Duke, which almost automatically makes you a fan, but how did you come to this huge interest in college basketball?
Sadly, every Duke football fan knows the answer to that question. Duke basketball unites Duke students, graduates and fans of all ages and makes going to Duke a lot of fun. Since I like to keep sports stats, analyze teams and make predictions each year, following ACC basketball closely is a perfect fit for my college sports interests.
Why did you start doing the detailed analysis?
My analysis became more detailed when Boston College, Virginia Tech and Miami left the former Big East Conference to join the ACC. I wanted to know the competition, so that caused my ACC analysis to become even more detailed.
Where do you get your stats?
My stats come from many places. Mostly, they come from the official team sites, but I get recruiting news from ESPN, Prep Stars, JUCORecruiting.com, the Recruiting Services Consensus Index, Scout, Rivals and numerous other places. My main source of basketball news may be The Duke Basketball Report, and, of course, I read the bible of College Basketball, the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook.