Student Spotlight: Senior Thesis and Colloquium-Ian '20

Senior Thesis and Colloquium is the culmination of a seven-year journey. Bosque seniors undertake a yearlong independent research project and deliver their findings in a twenty-page research essay, as well as in a public presentation at Colloquium. Over the course of the year, students will submit a formal prospectus, conduct text-based research and fieldwork, and test their arguments at a defense.

In the weeks leading up to Colloquium on May 13 and 14, the BUZZ will feature the thesis topics of Bosque’s seniors and provide insight into these student-researchers as they work toward the completion and presentation of their finished work.

Ian ‘20
Does the use of a technologically advanced data-based CPU simulation in the basketball video game NBA 2k make it so lifelike that the game can simulate the outcomes of actual NBA games to a meaningful degree?

About Ian’s Thesis:
Ian is investigating whether or not the video game, NBA 2K, has a high enough degree of accuracy that it can be used to simulate the outcomes of real-life NBA games. NBA 2K is created to be as accurate as possible by including all aspects of the NBA into the game and updated daily. Ian hopes with this thesis that he will be able to disprove the common methods of judging basketball performance by analyzing other aspects of the game.

Ian chose this topic because he has a passion for basketball, technology, and coding. He also loves the NBA 2K video games. He believes that this project could have significant sports implications.

Researcher Bio:
Ian has played basketball since the 6th grade and has been on the high school basketball team since the 8th grade. He is currently a starter and co-team captain on our varsity basketball team. In his spare time, Ian enjoys making beats and music on FL Studio. He plans on pursuing a degree that is technically oriented like computer science or computer engineering.