New BYU basketball hire, an analytics specialist, is a ‘game-changer’ for the program, Mark Pope says

(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) Mark Pope takes questions from the media after being announced as BYU's new head basketball coach during a press event at the BYU broadcasting building on Wed. April 10, 2019.

New BYU basketball coach Mark Pope said when he was hired in April that he is a big believer in analytics and uses that data a lot in his coaching.

He followed through with that promise on Friday by announcing he has hired Nathan Bubes as the program’s coordinator of strategy and analytics. Bubes worked for the Los Angeles Lakers as a coaching associate last season and was with Boston College for two years prior to that as head coach Jim Christian’s graduate assistant.

“Nate Bubes is 100 percent, unequivocally, without hyperbole, a total game-changer for our program,” Pope said in a school news release. “As the new coordinator of strategy and analytics, he has already changed the way that we are capable of teaching, training and developing our players. Simply put, Nate is making BYU basketball one of the top technological programs in the country, giving our team an incredible advantage.”

Bubes’ primary tasks will include video operations, analytics, and integrating the latest technology, performance science and innovation into the program, Pope said.

He assisted coaches with film breakdown, player development and analytics focusing on self and opponent scouting while with the Lakers.

Bubes was as student manager at Boston College from 2012-16 and earned a bachelor of science degree in operations management and English in 2016 and his MBA in 2018.