Value Add projects the top seven players below are all in the top 10% of all players in the country.
Here is where Value Add ranks each American East team for the season, and the Massey Rankings rank the football teams against all other schools (including behind the 129 FBS schools. Updates will be provided here.
|American East / 2017 Seed||Hoops 2017-18||Football|
Here are the top 15 projected players in the conference in order.
|Top 15 AE Players||Value Add||School||Ht|
|Tanner Leissner 21||6.48||New Hampshire||`6-06|
|Joe Cremo 3||5.84||Albany||`6-04|
|Anthony Lamb 3||5.60||Vermont||`6-06|
|Jahad Thomas 10||5.30||UMass Lowell||`6-02|
|Trae Bell-Haynes 2||5.30||Vermont||`6-02|
|Payton Henson 35||4.77||Vermont||`6-08|
|David Nichols 13||4.70||Albany||`6-00|
|Ernie Duncan 20||4.28||Vermont||`6-03|
|Greig Stire 43||3.76||Albany||`6-07|
|Joe Sherburne 13||3.62||Maryland Baltimore Co||`6-06|
|Jairus Lyles 10||3.50||Maryland Baltimore Co||`6-02|
|KJ Maura 11||3.40||Maryland Baltimore Co||`5-08|
|Devonte Campbell 12||3.26||Albany||`6-06|
|Tyrell Sturdivant 12||3.20||Stony Brook||`6-07|
|Travis Charles 30||3.08||Albany||`6-06|
Ken Pomeroy ranked the American East 24th 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.