Value Add indicates the superstars are uniquely spread out in this conference, with the top nine players hailing from nine different schools. The much traveled and potentially dominant James Thompson of Eastern Michigan seems Wilder's top challenge for Player of the Year.
Here is where Value Add ranks each Mid-American team for the season, and the Massey Rankings rank the football teams against all other schools. Updates will be provided here.
|Mid-American / 2017 seed||Hoops 2017-18||Football|
|Kent St. 14||203||163|
Here are the top 15 projected players in the conference in order.
|Top 15 MAC Players||Value Add||School||Ht|
|Thomas Wilder 10||7.78||Western Michigan||`6-03|
|James Thompson 2||6.84||Eastern Michigan||`6-10|
|Jordan Dartis 35||6.52||Ohio||`6-03|
|Jimond Ivey 0||5.73||Akron||`6-04|
|Jason Carter 1||5.60||Ohio||`6-08|
|Jaylin Walker 23||5.10||Kent St.||`6-01|
|Marin Maric 34||5.01||Northern Illinois||`6-11|
|Demajeo Wiggins 1||4.80||Bowling Green||`6-10|
|CJ Massinburg 5||4.21||Buffalo||`6-03|
|Jaelan Sanford 13||4.21||Toledo||`6-04|
|Tayler Persons 2||4.21||Ball St.||`6-03|
|Reggie Jones 23||3.90||Western Michigan||`6-05|
|Nate Navigato 35||3.59||Toledo||`6-08|
|Logan McLane 11||3.48||Miami OH||`6-09|
Ken Pomeroy ranked the Mid-American 13th 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.