The addition of Wichita State's Landry Shamet gives the conference six of the top 34 players in the country, according to Value Add, which projects Wichita State could battle Cincinnati for the title. Central Florida seems the most likely to make the tournament, which last year included on Cincinnati and SMU from the conference.
Here is where Value Add ranks each American Athletic Conference team for the season, and the Massey Rankings rank the football teams. Updates will be provided here.
|American Athletic / 2017 Seed||Hoops 2017-18||Football|
|Wichita St. 10||6|
Here are the top 15 projected players in the conference in order.
|Top 15 American Athletic Players||Value Add||School||Ht|
|Dedric Lawson 1||9.12||Memphis||`6-09|
|Landry Shamet 11||8.80||Wichita St.||`6-04|
|Jacob Evans 1||8.72||Cincinnati||`6-06|
|Gary Clark 11||8.68||Cincinnati||`6-08|
|Rob Gray 32||8.54||Houston||`6-02|
|Shake Milton 1||8.38||Southern Methodist||`6-06|
|Tacko Fall 24||7.12||Central Florida||`7-06|
|Markis McDuffie 32||7.07||Wichita St.||`6-08|
|Kyle Washington 24||6.70||Cincinnati||`6-09|
|Shizz Alston 3||6.70||Temple||`6-04|
|Jarrey Foster 10||6.54||Southern Methodist||`6-06|
|Jalen Adams 2||6.20||Connecticut||`6-03|
|BJ Taylor 1||6.00||Central Florida||`6-02|
|Cameron Reynolds 5||5.82||Tulane||`6-07|
|Junior Etou 0||5.78||Tulsa||`6-08|
Ken Pomeroy ranked the American Athletic 7th best of 32 Division 1 basketball conferences, which will all be previewed here with notes on which schools are now "basketball" or "football" schools based on which program is stronger this season. Football revenue is much higher, but programs are much more expensive between equipment and the requirement of matching enough women's scholarships in other sports. Therefore some programs forgo FBS football programs to focus on low cost basketball programs as their biggest revenue sport.
Sports Illustrated, Fox Sports and ESPN have lauded Value Add Basketball for estimating the number of points each college basketball players is worth to his team above a replacement player - similar to baseball WAR (Wins Above Replacement). Massey Ratings is used for the football rankings above.