Value Add projects Harvard and Yale nudging ahead of a very strong defending champion and 12-seed in Princeton, but the three are all well ahead of the rest of the League. Princeton's duo of Devin Cannady and Myles Stephens are the two most valuable returning players in the league, according to Value Add.
Here is where Value Add ranks each Ivy League team for the season, and the Massey Rankings rank the football teams against all other schools (including behind the 129 FBS schools). Princeton's passing game gives them the top football squad so far. Updates will be provided here.
|Ivy / 2017 seed||Hoops 2017-18||Football|
Here are the top 15 projected players in the conference in order.
|Top 15 Ivy League Players||Value Add||School||Ht|
|Devin Cannady 3||6.27||Princeton||`6-01|
|Myles Stephens 12||5.40||Princeton||`6-05|
|Chris Lewis 0||4.75||Harvard||`6-09|
|AJ Brodeur 25||4.71||Pennsylvania||`6-08|
|Makai Mason 11||4.70||Yale||`6-01|
|Matt Morgan 10||4.50||Cornell||`6-02|
|Bryce Aiken 11||4.30||Harvard||`6-00|
|Seth Towns 31||4.10||Harvard||`6-07|
|Miye Oni 24||4.05||Yale||`6-06|
|Mike Smith 12||3.70||Columbia||`5-11|
|Justin Bassey 20||3.61||Harvard||`6-05|
|Evan Boudreaux 12||3.50||Dartmouth||`6-08|
|Alex Copeland 3||3.46||Yale||`6-03|
Ken Pomeroy ranked the Ivy League the 18th best 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.