Value Add projects Fairfield's Tyler Nelson as the preseason Player of the Year, ranking in the top three percent of all layers (117th out of more than 4,000).
Here is where Value Add ranks each MAAC team for the season, and the Massey Rankings rank the football teams against all other schools (including behind the 129 FBS schools). Updates will be provided here.
|MAAC / 2017 seed||Hoops 2017-18||Football|
Here are the top 15 projected players in the conference in order.
|Top 15 MAAC Players||Value Add||School||Ht|
|Tyler Nelson 3||6.65||Fairfield||`6-03|
|Rickey McGill 0||5.07||Iona||`6-01|
|Zane Waterman 4||4.60||Manhattan||`6-09|
|Matt Scott 13||4.18||Niagara||`6-04|
|Nick Griffin 0||4.11||St. Peter's||`6-02|
|Jermaine Crumpton 2||4.02||Canisius||`6-06|
|TK Edogi 14||3.86||Iona||`6-08|
|Kahlil Dukes 10||3.66||Niagara||`6-00|
|Austin Tilghman 23||3.63||Monmouth||`6-01|
|Zavier Turner 3||3.60||Manhattan||`5-09|
|Sam Idowu 23||3.59||St. Peter's||`6-07|
|Devine Eke 5||3.52||Rider||`6-07|
|EJ Crawford 2||3.12||Iona||`6-06|
|Jonathan Kasibabu 13||3.11||Fairfield||`6-08|
|Micah Seaborn 10||3.10||Monmouth||`6-05|
Ken Pomeroy ranked the MAAC 19th 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.