Value Add spots an unheralded North Carolina Central player Pablo Rivas as the most valuable, even though he played less than half of the time. He is a strong shot blocker and defensive rebounder, and made 27 of his last 33 two-point shots to help North Carolina Central win the conference championship to cap a 25-9 season. However, Morgan State's Tiwian Kendley should be the actual leading candidate for Player of the Year.
Here is where Value Add ranks each Mid-Eastern Athletic 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.
|MEAC / 2017 Seed||Hoops 2017-18||Football|
|North Carolina A&T||198||153|
|South Carolina St.||279||228|
|North Carolina Central 16||333||200|
|Maryland Eastern Shore||350|
Here are the top 15 projected players in the conference in order.
|Top 15 MEAC Players||Value Add||School||Ht|
|Pablo Rivas 13||4.39||North Carolina Central||`6-06|
|Tiwian Kendley 5||4.00||Morgan St.||`6-05|
|Zaynah Robinson 2||2.93||Norfolk St.||`5-11|
|Phillip Carr 22||2.89||Morgan St.||`6-07|
|Trevond Barnes 22||2.67||Hampton||`6-09|
|Tashombe Riley 2||2.56||South Carolina St.||`6-07|
|Brandon Tabb 3||2.51||Bethune Cookman||`6-05|
|Justin Ravenel 21||2.41||Florida A&M||`6-01|
|Dexter McClanahan 22||2.40||Savannah St.||`6-05|
|Ryan Andino 0||2.25||Maryland Eastern Shore||`6-02|
|Desmond Williams 0||2.20||Florida A&M||`6-06|
|Dejuan Clayton 13||1.97||Coppin St.||`6-02|
|Edward Stephens 1||1.95||South Carolina St.||`6-02|
|Davaris McGowens 0||1.71||North Carolina A&T||`6-07|
|Charles Williams 13||1.69||Howard||`6-04|
Ken Pomeroy ranked the Mid-American 31st 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.