Value Add projects Hayes in the top three percent of all players (105th of 4000), but more impressively four of the six Horizon League players in the top 10 percent of all players are on the Oakland squad. While Northern Kentucky pulled the upset to take the title and March Madness bid this year and can still be tough, Oakland has put more distance between themselves and the rest of the League and second place Valparaiso left for the Missouri Valley Conference.
Here is where Value Add ranks each Summit League team for the season, and the Massey Rankings ranking for Youngstown is 86th - ahead of many FBS schools and almost all FCS schools. Updates will be provided here.
|Horizon / 2017 seed||Hoops 2017-18||Football|
|Northern Kentucky 15||128|
Here are the top 15 projected players in the conference in order.
|Top 15 Horizon Players||Value Add||School||Ht|
|Jalen Hayes 4||6.76||Oakland||`6-07|
|Grant Benzinger 13||5.05||Wright St.||`6-03|
|Kendrick Nunn 25||4.99||Oakland||`6-03|
|Martez Walker 35||4.89||Oakland||`6-06|
|Drew McDonald 34||4.88||Northern Kentucky||`6-07|
|Isaiah Brock 10||4.77||Oakland||`6-08|
|Carson Williams 23||4.49||Northern Kentucky||`6-05|
|Cameron Morse 24||4.40||Youngstown St.||`6-02|
|Dikembe Dixson 10||4.20||Illinois Chicago||`6-07|
|Tai Odiase 21||4.11||Illinois Chicago||`6-09|
|Justin Mitchell 1||3.73||Wright St.||`6-04|
|Corey Allen 1||3.60||Detroit||`6-03|
|Brock Stull 3||3.48||Wisconsin Milwaukee||`6-04|
|Brett Prahl 50||3.45||Wisconsin Milwaukee||`6-09|
|Lavone Holland 30||3.40||Northern Kentucky||`6-01|
Ken Pomeroy ranked the Summit League with Valpo 16th 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.