The following are the top three returning sophomores, juniors and seniors based on projected Value Add:
Top 3 Sophomores; 1, Shamorie Ponds, St. John's 8.13 points per game; 2, Bruce Brown, Miami FL 8.02; 3, Mike Watkins, Penn St. 7.78.
Top 3 Juniors; 1. Ethan Happ, Wisconsin 10.65; 2, Mike Daum, South Dakota St. 9.36; 3, Jalen Brunson, Villanova 9.16.
Top 3 Seniors; 1, Bonzie Colson, Notre Dame 11.33; 2, Jock Landale, St. Mary's 10.38; 3, Ben Lammers, Georgia Tech 10.3.
The values of 313 players who will sit out the coming season after transferring but can take the court again will also be listed at www.valueaddbasketball.com, but you can type "2018" to narrow and only look at the players on the court next season.
A new study of the 61,000+ Value Add rankings from the 2001-02 to present season yielded the following year-by-year averages among all players who played four seasons at the same college:
|Freshman Value Add Range||Freshman||Sophomore||Junior||Senior|
|up to 1.00||0.59||1.18||1.57||1.90|
|up to 2.00||1.31||2.24||2.78||3.31|
|up to 3.00||2.22||2.84||3.48||3.94|
|3.01 or higher||3.99||4.05||4.55||5.23|
|4 year players, same school||0.98||1.66||2.09||2.48|
All such players with a 0.01 to 1.00 Value Add their freshman year averaged improving to 1.18 their sophomore season, 1.57 their junior season and 1.90 their senor season. Based purely on this table it would appear that players with a strong freshman year actually do not improve as much as freshman who do not do as well. However, this is actually because players who already have freshman Value Add ratings of around 3.00 or higher and improve often go directly to the NBA, meaning their jumps each year are not reflected in the table.
In comparing result of NBA-bound players with these four-year players, we find that a standard improvement from season to season is actually better after any season in which the player tops 1.00. The standard projection is calculated for each player based on the following:
- A freshman with a rating of 1.01 or higher projects to improve by 1.00 his sophomore year, while others project to improve by 0.7.
- A sophomore with a rating of 1.01 or higher projects to improve 0.8 his junior year, while others improve 0.4.
- A junior with a rating of 1.01 or higher projects to improve 06 his senior year, while others improve 0.3.
Alternated minimum projects replace these projections for some select players:
- A player ranked as one of the top 50 or so NBA prospects in their place have a minimum Value Add ranking based on exactly where they rank that will take the place of a lower projected Value Add using the system above.
- A player who was highly rated as a recruit who has a bad year (often the result of injury or a lack of playing time) gets at least a rating equal to one point below the average number of stars he received as a recruit (e.g. a 5-star recruit who has a bad first year, still gets at least a 4.0 Value Add based on a history of such players improvement much more dramatically than others).
Based on running this math, and spending a couple of weeks trying to get players sorted and onto their correct teams, the following are the players projected to have the top Value Add impact on their teams next season.
|1||Bonzie Colson 35||Notre Dame||ACC||11.33|
|2||Ethan Happ 22||Wisconsin||B10||10.65|
|3||Jock Landale 34||St. Mary's||WCC||10.38|
|4||Ben Lammers 44||Georgia Tech||ACC||10.3|
|5||Jevon Carter 2||West Virginia||B12||9.96|
|6||Kenrich Williams 34||Texas Christian||B12||9.93|
|7||Peyton Aldridge 23||Davidson||A10||9.73|
|8||Jeffrey Carroll 30||Oklahoma St.||B12||9.61|
|9||Mike Daum 24||South Dakota St.||Sum||9.36|
|10||Joe Chealey 13||College of Charleston||CAA||9.29|
|11||Jalen Brunson 1||Villanova||BE||9.16|
|12||Dedric Lawson 1||Memphis||Amer||9.12|
|14||Vladimir Brodziansky 10||Texas Christian||B12||8.82|
|15||Mikal Bridges 25||Villanova||BE||8.78|
|16||Devontae Cacok 15||UNC Wilmington||CAA||8.75|
|17||Jacob Evans 1||Cincinnati||Amer||8.72|
|18||Brandon Clarke 15||San Jose St.||MWC||8.71|
|19||Gary Clark 11||Cincinnati||Amer||8.68|
|20||Jaylen Adams 10||St. Bonaventure||A10||8.55|
|21||Rob Gray 32||Houston||Amer||8.54|
|23||Yante Maten 1||Georgia||SEC||8.4|
|24||Shake Milton 1||Southern Methodist||Amer||8.38|
|25||Khyri Thomas 2||Creighton||BE||8.21|
When we tally all players we find in the system, and add the team cumulative team ratings, the follow would be the "way too early" field of 68 teams - including all conference winners and the top at-large:
I wouldn't put any credibility on the team totals, I finally got to a point I could at least run it but would be pretty shocked to see the Alabama-Auburn basketball game be this big, haha. I do have a starting point now though with the data in the system and calculated.
Teams like defending national champion North Carolina lost most of their big Value Add players, but will restock and move up this list, though they did drop from 1st to 61st at www.kenpom.com after the 2009 title.
|College of Charleston||CAA||28.26|
|North Carolina A&T||MEAC||17.03|
Please advice us of any and all corrections to who is on which team.