Value Add ranks Wisconsin's Ethan Happ as a potential National Player of the Year candidate as the No. 2 returning player in the country, and many believe Michigan State's Miles Bridges can take both Player of the Year and bring home another National Championship for Tom Izzo.
Here is where Value Add ranks each Big Tean team for the season, and the Massey Rankings rank the football teams against all other schools. Updates will be provided here.
|Big Ten / 2017 Seed||Hoops 2017-18||Football|
|Michigan St. 9||13||33|
Here are the top 15 projected players in the conference in order.
|Top 15 Big Ten Players||Value Add||School||Ht|
|Ethan Happ 22||10.65||Wisconsin||`6-10|
|Miles Bridges 22||9.90||Michigan St.||`6-07|
|Vincent Edwards 12||8.90||Purdue||`6-08|
|Moritz Wagner 13||8.70||Michigan||`6-11|
|Jaren Jackson||8.20||Michigan St.||`6-10|
|Bryant McIntosh 30||8.00||NorthWestern||`6-03|
|Mike Watkins 24||7.78||Penn St.||`6-09|
|Nick Ward 44||7.27||Michigan St.||`6-08|
|Nate Mason 2||6.95||Minnesota||`6-02|
|Dakota Mathias 31||6.56||Purdue||`6-04|
|Justin Jackson 21||6.55||Maryland||`6-07|
|Vince Edwards 12||6.44||Purdue||`6-08|
|Glynn Watson 5||6.30||Nebraska||`6-00|
|Nicholas Baer 51||6.26||Iowa||`6-07|
|Jae'Sean Tate 1||6.25||Ohio St.||`6-04|
Ken Pomeroy ranked the Big Ten 4th 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.