Value Add projects two conference players among the 25 best in the country in Joe Chealey of the conference favorite College of Charleston and Devontae Cacok of UNC Wilmington. Elon looks like the toughest challenger for the title after Wilmington's incredible 29-6 team that was a 12-seed may fall off due to graduating players.
Here is where Value Add ranks each Colonial Athletic team for the season, and the Massey Rankings rank the football teams against all other schools (including behind the 129 FBS schools). James Madison is better than MOST of the FBS schools in football. Updates will be provided here.
|CAA / 2017 Seed||Hoops 2017-18||Football|
|College of Charleston||77|
|William & Mary||146||149|
|North Carolina Wilmington 12||189|
Here are the top 15 projected players in the conference in order.
|Top 15 CAA Players||Value Add||School||Ht|
|Joe Chealey 13||9.29||College of Charleston||`6-04|
|Devontae Cacok 15||8.75||UNC Wilmington||`6-07|
|Justin Wright-Foreman 3||5.59||Hofstra||`6-01|
|Tyler Seibring 41||5.27||Elon||`6-08|
|Grant Riller 1||5.16||College of Charleston||`6-03|
|Jarrell Brantley 5||4.92||College of Charleston||`6-07|
|Eli Pemberton 5||4.79||Hofstra||`6-04|
|Ryan Daly 0||4.64||Delaware||`6-04|
|Mike Morsell 23||4.56||Towson||`6-05|
|Brian Dawkins 0||4.51||Elon||`6-08|
|Nick Harris 23||4.33||College of Charleston||`6-10|
|Rokas Gustys 11||4.20||Hofstra||`6-09|
|Jack Whitman 41||4.16||William & Mary||`6-09|
|Dainan Swoope 13||3.78||Elon||`6-00|
|Kari Jonsson 12||3.66||Drexel||`6-03|
Ken Pomeroy ranked the Colonial Athletic a very strong 12th 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.