Value Add projects the Asheville duo will be edged out by Liberty, the school that takes their charge to find converts to the Christian faith seriously. Longwood struggles on the court, but landed a coup when they hosted the Vice Presidential debate this year.
Here is where Value Add ranks each Big South 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.
|Big South / 2017 Seed||Hoops 2017-18||Football|
|North Carolina Asheville||120|
Here are the top 15 projected players in the conference in order.
|Top 15 Big South Players||Value Add||School||Ht|
|MaCio Teague 31||7.68||North Carolina Asheville||`6-03|
|Ahmad Thomas 14||6.88||North Carolina Asheville||`6-03|
|Ryan Kemrite 5||6.09||Liberty||`6-04|
|Xavier Cooks 12||5.90||Winthrop||`6-08|
|Ed Polite 24||5.60||Radford||`6-05|
|Christian Keeling 11||4.70||Charleston Southern||`6-03|
|Georgie Pacheco-Ortiz 11||4.40||Liberty||`6-01|
|David Efianayi 11||4.20||Gardner Webb||`6-02|
|Jo'Vontae Millner 21||4.00||Presbyterian||`6-06|
|Anders Broman 10||3.42||Winthrop||`6-02|
|Isaiah Williams 11||3.19||Liberty||`6-01|
|Jamaal Robateau 0||3.14||Gardner Webb||`6-05|
|Kevin Vannatta 10||2.96||North Carolina Asheville||`6-02|
|Andrew Eudy 25||2.82||Campbell||`6-07|
Ken Pomeroy ranked the Big South 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.