Despite TJ Holyfield's status as a Value Add preseason All-Conference player, Stephen F. Austin could fail to win the title for a second straight year after finally being dethroned by New Orleans last year. We doubt New Orleans will actually fall this far, but with only five players in the system with projections, here is where Value Add ranks each Southland team for the season, and the Massey Rankings rank the football teams against all other schools. Updates will be provided here.
|Team - 2017 Seed||Hoops||Football|
|Stephen F. Austin||161||240|
|Texas A&M Corpus Chris||225|
|Sam Houston St.||303||109|
|New Orleans 16||335|
Here are the top 15 projected players in the conference in order.
|Top 15 Southland Players||Value Add||School||Ht|
|Jalan West 12||8.13||Northwestern St.||`5-10|
|Ehab Amin 4||6.40||Texas A&M Corpus Christi||`6-04|
|Nick Garth 3||5.17||Lamar||`6-00|
|Jordan Howard 1||5.14||Central Arkansas||`5-11|
|TJ Holyfield 22||4.70||Stephen F. Austin||`6-08|
|Colton Weisbrod 21||4.50||Lamar||`6-05|
|Josh Ibarra 44||4.17||Houston Baptist||`6-11|
|Jalin Hart 1||3.62||Incarnate Word||`5-11|
|Jalone Friday 21||3.60||Abilene Christian||`6-09|
|Marlain Veal 0||3.54||Southeastern Louisiana||`5-09|
|Shawn Johnson 41||3.50||Incarnate Word||`6-05|
|Moses Greenwood 13||3.14||Southeastern Louisiana||`6-07|
|Zjori Bosha 12||3.04||Lamar||`6-05|
|James Currington 23||3.01||Southeastern Louisiana||`6-07|
|John Dewey 11||3.00||Sam Houston St.||`6-00|
Ken Pomeroy ranked the Southland as the 27th 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.