Monday, January 15, 2018

Oklahoma Surges to #4 Behind Trae Young; Ohio State Star Deserves 1st Team All-American Status So Far

On this MLK Day, Villanova receives 63 of 65 votes in the new AP Top 25 on the strength of the two best players in the Big East listed in the post above. However, Oklahoma surges to No. 4 behind two more dominant performances against ranked teams (TCU and Texas Tech) by Trae Young. While the No. 1 spot in the AP poll has rotated between teams, Value Add Basketball calculates the Player of the Year race so far is a blowout - with Young ahead of where Seth Curry was at Davidson and rivaling Anthony Davis as the best college player of the century in all-time ratings that go back to the year before Carmelo Anthony and Dwyane Wade took Syracuse and Marquette to the Final Four.

Here are the Top 25 players, ranked by how many points per game they improve their team over what a replacement player would do. The fastest riser in this ranking is Keita Bates-Diop, who has been the most valuable player on the court in 11 straight games according to and as of today should give the Ohio State Buckeyes a 1st Team All-American. You can click here to sort all 4,090 players this season by conference or the two teams you are watching in a game, or simply look up names to see where your favorite players rank. Email or call 404.606.3163 with any questions.

Rank Player Ht Team VA5D Class
1Trae Young6'2"Oklahoma12.93Fr
2Deandre Ayton7'1"Arizona10.98Fr
3Jevon Carter6'2"West Virginia10.84Sr
4Keita Bates-Diop6'7"Ohio St.10.78Jr
5Jock Landale6'11"Saint Mary's10.55Sr
6Jalen Brunson6'2"Villanova10.43Jr
7Yante Maten6'8"Georgia10.27Sr
8Marvin Bagley6'11"Duke10.12Fr
9Gary Clark6'8"Cincinnati9.9Sr
10Luke Maye6'8"North Carolina9.79Jr
11Devonte' Graham6'2"Kansas9.57Sr
12Dean Wade6'10"Kansas St.9.52Jr
13Mikal Bridges6'7"Villanova9.51Jr
14Keenan Evans6'3"Texas Tech9.21Sr
15Dewan Huell6'11"Miami FL9.19So
16Tookie Brown5'11"Georgia Southern9.07Jr
17Devon Hall6'5"Virginia9.05Sr
18Donte Grantham6'8"Clemson9.02Sr
19Garrison Mathews6'5"Lipscomb8.96Jr
20CJ Massinburg6'3"Buffalo8.65Jr
21Bonzie Colson6'6"Notre Dame8.48Sr
22Kenrich Williams6'7"TCU8.43Sr
23Nick King6'7"Middle Tennessee8.41Sr
24Dakota Mathias6'4"Purdue8.39Sr
25Juwan Morgan6'7"Indiana8.29Jr

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