Football excitement returned in last year's Bayou Classic, as Grambling and Southern both returned to some past glory when they clashed after eight game winning streaks and Grambling coming close to stunning Arizona for a 9-0 start. Value Add projects Alcorn State and Southern as virtually event and an edge over defending champion Texas Southern.
Alcorn State boasts the Value Add preseason Player of the Year in Reginal Johnson.
Here is where Value Add ranks each Southwestern Athletic (SWAC) 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.
|Team - 2017 Seed||Hoops||Football|
|Arkansas Pine Bluff||263||406|
|Prairie View A&M||269||255|
|Texas Southern 16||300||357|
|Mississippi Valley St.||346|
Here are the top 15 projected players in the conference in order.
|Top 15 SWAC Players||Value Add||School||Ht|
|Reginal Johnson 24||4.72||Alcorn St.||`6-05|
|Jared Sam 12||4.60||Southern||`6-09|
|Zachary Hamilton 14||3.36||Prairie View A&M||`6-04|
|Jalan McCloud 1||3.12||Texas Southern||`5-10|
|Demontrae Jefferson 3||3.00||Texas Southern||`5-07|
|Paris Collins 5||3.00||Jackson St.||`6-04|
|Trent Steen 15||2.80||Arkansas Pine Bluff||`6-08|
|AJ Mosby 2||2.60||Alcorn St.||`6-03|
|Rodney Simeon 1||2.50||Alabama St.||`6-05|
|Shay'rone Jett 21||2.35||Prairie View A&M||`6-08|
|De'Edrick Petty 3||2.30||Alabama A&M||`5-10|
|Kevin Scott 4||2.17||Texas Southern||`6-04|
|Maurice Rivers 12||1.86||Jackson St.||`6-07|
|Emanual Shepherd 2||1.83||Southern||`6-08|
Ken Pomeroy ranked the SWAC last 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.