After a terrible 11-22 opening campaign, Value Add projects that former VCU coach has the talent lined up to let the Texas Longhorns take a major step and potentially give the conference a fifth ranked team in a group led by Kansas.
Here is where Value Add ranks each Big 12 team for the season, and the Massey Rankings rank the football teams against all other schools. TCU will jump substantially from their football ranking of 24th and Oklahoma State will drop from No. 7 after TCU's big upset. Updates will be provided here.
|Big 12 / 2017 Seed||Hoops 2017-18||Football|
|West Virginia 4||15||35|
|Oklahoma St. 10||61||7|
|Kansas St. 11||108||38|
|Iowa St. 5||157||57|
Here are the top 15 projected players in the conference in order. Jevon Carter projects as the 5th best player in the country, while Kenrich Williams is one spot behind him as the 6th best returning player.
|Top 15 Big 12 Players||Value Add||School||Ht|
|Jevon Carter 2||9.96||West Virginia||`6-02|
|Kenrich Williams 34||9.93||Texas Christian||`6-07|
|Jeffrey Carroll 30||9.61||Oklahoma St.||`6-06|
|Devonte' Graham 4||9.20||Kansas||`6-02|
|Vladimir Brodziansky 10||8.82||Texas Christian||`6-11|
|Malik Newman 14||8.20||Kansas||`6-03|
|Manu Lecomte 20||7.70||Baylor||`5-11|
|Keenan Evans 12||7.20||Texas Tech||`6-03|
|Dean Wade 32||6.84||Kansas St.||`6-10|
|Zach Smith 11||6.70||Texas Tech||`6-08|
|Jo Lual-Acuil 0||6.64||Baylor||`7-00|
Ken Pomeroy ranked the Big 12 the 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.