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Nick Wall

What is Hooper?

Hooper is a large project I have been working on for a while now. Sports discourse and especially NBA discourse has grown to become lazy and stale. I am a huge basketball fan, and I think that there are too few resources and places of discourse for educated hoops fans. Hooper is an AI chatbot that is trained on NBA data to enable discussion about basketball. Hooper has access to realtime stats, scores, and news. Additionally, Hooper leverages generative UI to stream in custom UI elements to make certain interactions feel smoother.

Hooper has been a good opportunity to put together my range of skills from model training, dataset curation and cleaning, backend development, frontend development, and even infrastructure. I also have gotten to explore and experiment with cool new toys and features from some of my favorite tools like SST ion and Vercel’s AI SDK.

Tech Stack

The Hooper service runs on Next.js with streaming using the AI SDK. The site is hosted on AWS, Cloudflare, and Vercel and uses SST ion to manage the infrastructure. I also host vLLM on Modal with my own hosted LLM that I have tuned for the specific NBA jargon. Also on Modal is training for the model and some background services for the realtime data. I use Turso for my database because SQLite is underrated and awesome. I also use Upstash for redis that backs my rate limiting.

Try it out

You can find Hooper as a project on my site and the code is publicly available on GitHub.