Alumna Katherine Evans Becomes First Woman to Head a Research or Analytics Department of an NBA Franchise

Katherine EvansCongratulations to alumna Katherine Evans, PhD ’17, who has been named Vice President of Research & Information Systems by Monumental Basketball, becoming the first woman to head the research or analytics department of an NBA franchise. In this newly-created role, Dr. Evans will oversee their research department supporting the Wizards, Mystics, Go-Go and Wizards District Gaming.


“Dr. Evans is an exceptional talent with a true passion for the game of basketball and is widely-respected within the league and academic circles,” said Monumental Basketball Chief Planning & Operations Officer Sashi Brown. “She brings innovative approaches and perspectives and will be a great leader of our research department, which is charged with identifying competitive advantages for all of our athletes and our athlete care and performance team.”

Prior to joining the Wizards, Dr. Evans served as the director of strategic research for the Toronto Raptors. In that role, she advised various departments including the front office, coaching and medical departments. She oversaw the data sources to build a draft prospects database as well as build models for player projections of draft prospects. Dr. Evans was also instrumental in helping analyze methods and build models for player evaluation and on-court strategy.

“I am very excited to join Monumental Sports & Entertainment,” said Evans. “I am looking forward to contributing to all the Monumental Basketball teams and to helping expand their analytics capabilities.”