Value Add a great duo from Denver gives them a chance to challenge the Dakota schools for the title, though that would entail quite a jump from a 16-14 last season. South Dakota went 22-12 last season and Fort Wayne 20-13 before South Dakota State won the conference tournament despite failing to have a winning regular season.
Here is where Value Add ranks each Summit League team for the season, and the Massey Rankings rank the football teams, showing the four schools that play football rank ahead of many FBS schools. Updates will be provided here.
|Team - 2017 Seed||Hoops||Football|
|South Dakota St. 16||134||82|
|North Dakota St.||253||44|
Here are the top 15 projected players in the conference in order.
|Top 15 Summit Players||Value Add||School||Ht|
|Mike Daum 24||9.36||South Dakota St.||`6-09|
|John Konchar 55||7.68||IUPU Fort Wayne||`6-05|
|Matt Mooney 13||5.46||South Dakota||`6-03|
|Joe Rosga 2||5.23||Denver||`6-03|
|Daniel Amigo 44||5.00||Denver||`6-10|
|Paul Miller 2||4.67||North Dakota St.||`6-06|
|Mitch Hahn 44||4.65||Nebraska Omaha||`6-08|
|Carlton Hurst 2||4.50||South Dakota||`6-03|
|Albert Owens 44||4.10||Oral Roberts||`6-09|
|Emmanuel Nzekwesi 23||3.90||Oral Roberts||`6-08|
|AJ Jacobson 21||3.76||North Dakota St.||`6-06|
|Bryson Scott 1||3.70||IUPU Fort Wayne||`6-01|
|Zach Jackson 21||3.69||Nebraska Omaha||`6-05|
|Kason Harrell 32||3.66||IUPU Fort Wayne||`6-02|
|Thomas Neff 15||3.48||Denver||`6-05|
Ken Pomeroy ranked the Summit League 16th 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.