San Diego State came from behind in a monsoon at Air Force Saturday to build on an upset of Stanford and improve to 4-0.
Value Add projects five teams in the top 100, Wyoming just outside at 104th, and the preseason Player of the Year hails form yet another school in Brandon Clarke of San Jose State.
Here is where Value Add ranks each Mountain West 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.
|Mountain West / 2017 Seed||Hoops 2017-18||Football|
|San Diego St.||69||34|
|San Jose St.||138||118|
Here are the top 15 projected players in the conference in order.
|Top 15 MWC Players||Value Add||School||Ht|
|Brandon Clarke 15||8.71||San Jose St.||`6-08|
|Chandler Hutchison||7.00||Boise St.||`6-07|
|Brandon McCoy||6.99||Nevada Las Vegas||`6-11|
|Jordan Johnson 1||6.91||Nevada Las Vegas||`5-09|
|Deshon Taylor 21||6.73||Fresno St.||`6-01|
|Shakur Juiston||6.50||Nevada Las Vegas||`6-07|
|Jordan Caroline 24||6.22||Nevada||`6-07|
|Devin Watson 1||6.11||San Diego St.||`6-01|
|Jahmel Taylor 5||5.82||Fresno St.||`6-00|
|Caleb Martin 14||5.75||Nevada||`6-07|
|Trey Kell 3||5.50||San Diego St.||`6-04|
|Justin James 1||5.30||Wyoming||`6-07|
|Jeremy Hemsley 42||5.26||San Diego St.||`6-03|
|Sam Merrill 3||5.20||Utah St.||`6-04|
|Kendall Stephens 21||5.20||Nevada||`6-07|
Ken Pomeroy ranked the Mountain West 9th 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.