Value Add projects Middle Tennessee's Giddy Potts as a top 50 player in the country and the preseason Player of the Year, and Louisiana Tech's Jacobi Boykins and Western Kentucky's Mitchell Robinson, a potential early NBA pick, in the top three percent of all players in the country.
Here is where Value Add ranks each Conference USA team for the season, and the Massey Rankings rank the football teams against all other schools. Updates will be provided here.
|CUSA / 2017 Seed||Hoops 2017-18||Football|
|Middle Tennessee 12||94||104|
Here are the top 15 projected players in the conference in order.
|Top 15 CUSA Players||Value Add||School||Ht|
|Giddy Potts 20||7.90||Middle Tennessee||`6-02|
|Jacobi Boykins||7.19||Louisiana Tech||`6-06|
|Mitchell Robinson||6.71||Western Kentucky||`6-11|
|William Lee 34||6.20||UAB||`6-09|
|Justin Johnson 23||6.07||Western Kentucky||`6-07|
|Jon Elmore 33||5.70||Marshall||`6-03|
|Darius Thompson 51||5.49||Western Kentucky||`6-04|
|Jon Davis 3||5.30||Charlotte||`6-03|
|Brandan Stith 25||5.15||Old Dominion||`6-07|
|Chris Cokley 3||4.92||UAB||`6-08|
|DaQuan Bracey 4||4.90||Louisiana Tech||`5-11|
|Ahmad Caver 4||4.80||Old Dominion||`6-02|
|Payton Hulsey 3||4.54||Florida International||`6-05|
|Tyrik Dixon 0||4.50||Middle Tennessee||`6-01|
|Omega Harris 2||4.20||Texas El Paso||`6-03|
Ken Pomeroy ranked the Sun Belt 15th 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.