Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Preliminary Value Add All-Conference Teams for All 32 Conferences

The following are the preliminary selections for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd team All-Conference teams based on the Value Add Basketball calculations featured on ESPN, Sports Illustrated, Fox Sports and many other media outlets over the years. We realize you will see certain skills that do not show up in the numbers, but we believe these ratings provide an objective valuation of players with no biases - just following the numbers.

You can search for any of the 32 conferences based on their abbreviations below to find their all-conference teams and Most Valuable Players (Note, we originally presented the All-Conference Players in an image, but were asked to change them to tables so that people could more easily cut and paste the selections into releases or other media):


The calculations measure how many additional points a player would add to an average team's scoring and take away from their opponent's scoring if he replaced the 7th best player on that average team. These calculations include offense and defense, and the level of competition faced and the ratings go back to the 2002 season at, which now shows the pre-season projections with the top 1000 players nationally listed here. See also the lists of other All-Conference teams and the updated team Net Rankings.

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America East Conference (AE) All-Conference Team

0Player - Jersey NumberTeamOffensive ValueDefensive ValueTotal Value
1Stef Smith #0Vermont4.23-0.64.83
2Makale Foreman #1Stony Brook5.040.314.73
3Elijah Olaniyi #3Stony Brook3.96-0.744.7
4Anthony Lamb #3Vermont2.4-2.274.67
5Christian Lutete #23UMass Lowell4.820.224.6
6Everett Duncan #21Vermont4.27-0.324.59
7Ryan Davis #35Vermont3.67-0.494.15
8Andrew Garcia #23Stony Brook2.28-0.883.16
9Cameron Healy #11Albany2.72-0.042.76
10Bailey Patella #12Vermont1.34-1.232.57
11Andrew Fleming #0Maine2.12-0.312.43
12Mouhamadou Gueye #5Stony Brook1.06-1.222.27
13Hunter Marks #0Hartford1.66-0.52.16
14Obadiah Noel #11UMass Lowell2.310.182.14
15Nick Guadarrama #3New Hampshire1.66-0.181.84
 ---- Ave. KenPom 2014-2020: -8.24

Vermont projects as a dangerous 13 seed if they win the American Each tournament, with Stony Point the toughest challenge they face in the American East tournament to get the NCAA bid. The two teams combine to have the four most valuable players in the conference, and in fact seven of the top eight players in the conference. The one exception on the 1st Team All-Conference squad is Christian Lutete of UMass Lowell.

American Athletic Conference (Amer) All-Conference Team

0Player - Jersey NumberTeamOffensive ValueDefensive ValueTotal Value
1Jayden Gardner #1East Carolina6.96-0.587.55
2Isiaha Mike #15SMU6-1.067.06
3Chris Vogt #33Cincinnati6.05-0.846.89
4Nate Hinton #11Houston4.67-2.136.79
5Brandon Rachal #0Tulsa4.43-2.236.67
6Christian Vital #1Connecticut3.7-2.746.44
7Erik Stevenson #10Wichita St.3.82-2.356.16
8Precious Achiuwa #55Memphis3.05-2.865.91
9Kendric Davis #3SMU5.880.015.87
10Darien Jackson #11Tulsa4.62-1.085.7
11Tyson Jolly #0SMU4.7-0.55.2
12DJ Jeffries #0Memphis4.03-0.954.98
13Feron Hunt #1SMU4.08-0.84.88
14Tyson Etienne #1Wichita St.3.78-1.064.84
15Tre Scott #13Cincinnati1.79-2.844.63
 ---- Ave. KenPom 2014-2020: 7.22

With James Wiseman gone, Memphis still boasts the top NBA 1st Round prospect in Precious Achiuwa. However, the conference is so tough this year that Value Add calculates him as second team as Houston (Nate Hinton 1st team), Wichita State (Erik Stevenson 2nd team) and Cincinnati (Chris Vogt 1st team) would all make the NCAA tournament now based on the Basketball Net Ratings. Two other teams with a shot at the NCAA include SMU, with three All-Conference Players, and Tulsa, let by 1st Team member Brandon Rachal.

While East Carolina will not be playing post season, Jayden Gardner calculates as the most valuable player in the conference to date.

Atlantic 10 Conference (A10) All-Conference Team

Conf RnkPlayer - Jersey NumberTeamOffensive ValueDefensive ValueTotal Value
1Obi Toppin #1Dayton7.53-2.6910.22
2Fatts Russell #1Rhode Island7.76-2.2710.03
3Jacob Gilyard #0Richmond7.17-1.88.98
4Marcus Santos-Silva #14VCU5.16-2.617.77
5Trey Landers #3Dayton5.74-1.627.36
6Marcus Weathers #5Duquesne5.25-2.037.28
7Michael Hughes #21Duquesne3.88-2.786.66
8Jalen Crutcher #10Dayton6.13-0.446.58
9De'Riante Jenkins #0VCU3.92-1.955.87
10Jon Axel Gudmundsson #3Davidson4.62-1.195.81
11Jordan Goodwin #0Saint Louis3-2.495.49
12Ryan Mikesell #33Dayton4.14-1.185.32
13Jeff Dowtin #11Rhode Island4.61-0.55.1
14Ibi Watson #2Dayton4.930.034.89
15Osun Osunniyi #21St. Bonaventure2.59-1.964.55
 ---- Ave. KenPom 2014-2020: 4.41

Obi Toppin will be one of the first few players drafted in the NBA draft, and according to Value Add basketball is one of the top 10 players in the country leading one of the top 10 teams in the country in Dayton. However, Rhode Island's Fatts Russell is almost even with him for Conference MVP to date. Toppin is likely the only future NBA player in the conference, but six players rank in the top 2% of all players in Value Add, with his teammate Trey Landers also calculating as 1st team All-Conference and teammates Jalen Crutcher (2nd team) and Ryan Mikesell and Ibi Watson (3rd team) giving the A10 a national contender in a wide open year. Rhode Island and VCU (with 1st team All-Conference Marcus Santos-Silva) and potentially a couple of others could also make the tournament and give the A10 a shot at another dream March Madness.

Atlantic Sun Conference (ASun) All-Conference Team

0Player - Jersey NumberTeamOffensive ValueDefensive ValueTotal Value
1David Bell #3Jacksonville4.2-1.65.8
2Scottie James #31Liberty3.7-1.875.57
3Ivan Gandia-Rosa #10North Florida5.510.335.18
4Darius McGhee #2Liberty3.59-1.014.59
5Carter Hendricksen #23North Florida3.9-0.023.91
6Rob Perry #2Stetson3.27-0.193.45
7Michael Buckland #3Lipscomb3.01-0.283.29
8Kyle Rode #22Liberty2.16-0.893.04
9Caleb Homesley #1Liberty1.17-1.742.91
10Myo Baxter-Bell #0Liberty1.53-1.332.86
11Zach Cooks #4NJIT2.90.062.84
12Georgie Pacheco-Ortiz #11Liberty2.18-0.472.64
13Ahsan Asadullah #23Lipscomb1.44-1.092.53
14Elijah Cuffee #10Liberty1.95-0.52.44
15Wajid Aminu #2North Florida1.48-0.391.88
 ---- Ave. KenPom 2014-2020: -7.91

The Atlantic Sun surprised teams in the past, and it could be argued that 19-3 Liberty should get an at-large birth this year even if they lost the A-Sun tournament. It is unlikely they would receive an at-large bid, but even bench players rank as All-Conference based on Value Add basketball with two first team, three second team, and two third team players. While not as deep, North Florida also boasts a 1st team duo that could provide their toughest challenge in the conference tournament, and David Bell of Jacksonville nudges out the Liberty and North Florida duos to not only make the 1st team but calculate as the Most Valuable Player to give Jacksonville a chance.

Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) All-Conference Team

0Player - Jersey NumberTeamOffensive ValueDefensive ValueTotal Value
1Vernon Carey #1Duke5.84-2.648.47
2Jordan Nwora #33Louisville6.35-2.078.42
3Dwayne Sutton #24Louisville5.64-2.588.23
4Devin Vassell #24Florida St.5.87-2.278.13
5Aamir Simms #25Clemson6.04-2.088.12
6Olivier Sarr #30Wake Forest5.98-1.497.47
7John Mooney #33Notre Dame4.63-2.67.23
8Elijah Hughes #33Syracuse6.69-0.517.2
9Jay Huff #30Virginia4.87-2.227.09
10Tre Jones #3Duke4.96-1.96.86
11Garrison Brooks #15North Carolina6.08-0.726.79
12DJ Funderburk #0N.C. State6.11-0.516.63
13Mamadi Diakite #25Virginia3.58-2.916.49
14Tyrece Radford #23Virginia Tech5.18-1.246.42
15Marek Dolezaj #21Syracuse5.3-1.046.33

 ---- Ave. KenPom 2014-2020: 14.57 (ranks 3rd)

While the ACC boasts multiple NBA lottery picks as usual, the fact that Carmelo Anthony's son Cole Anthony is just returning from a long injury at UNC leaves Vernon Carey of Duke as the most valuable player to date. However, Value Add calculates that another likely 1st round pick, Louisville's Jordan Nwora is virtually even with him as the ACC MVP to date. While the top 11 ACC players rank in the top 100, the conference is young and not as dominant as most years.

In fact, Duke, Louisville and Florida State are the only locks for the NCAA tournament based on the Net's ratings though certainly others will make it. Even UNC could make a late run if Anthony returns to his form against Notre Dame in the season opener, and could team up with the best Tar Heel in his absence, Garrison Brooks.

Big 12 Conference (B12) All-Conference Team

0Player - Jersey NumberTeamOffensive ValueDefensive ValueTotal Value
1Devon Dotson #1Kansas7.66-2.6610.32
2Brady Manek #35Oklahoma8.18-1.319.49
3Tyrese Haliburton #22Iowa St.7.89-1.69.49
4Freddie Gillespie #33Baylor5.96-3.419.36
5Desmond Bane #1TCU7.46-1.789.23
6Udoka Azubuike #35Kansas5.32-3.899.22
7Oscar Tshiebwe #34West Virginia5.39-2.838.22
8MaCio Teague #31Baylor6.12-1.717.84
9Jared Butler #12Baylor5.88-1.627.5
10Kevin Samuel #21TCU4.26-37.26
11Xavier Sneed #20Kansas St.5.41-1.556.96
12Miles McBride #4West Virginia4.96-1.616.57
13Marcus Garrett #0Kansas4.25-2.196.44
14Jericho Sims #20Texas4.14-1.755.89
15Jermaine Haley #10West Virginia3.94-1.895.83
 ---- Ave. KenPom 2014-2020: 17.19 (ranks 1st)

Iowa State's Tyrese Haliburton should be a lottery pick and is a 1st team all-conference player, however Kansas' Devon Dotson ranks as the Big 12 MVP based on Value Add Basketball and the MVP of the Country based on Brady Manek also ranks just ahead of Haliburton as he tries to get Oklahoma into the NCAA as a fifth Big 12 team to joining last year's National Runner-Up Texas Tech and high seeds Baylor, Kansas and West Virginia who could all compete for the National Title. The 1st team all-conference is rounded up by 1st place Baylor's

Bob Huggins brings Miles McBride off the bench, but he still makes the Value Add 3rd team all-conference as the Big 12’s sixth best 3-point shooter, 10th best 2-point shooter, 14th best free throw shooter – as well as being the 10th best drawing fouls, 8th best at steals and 18th best at avoiding turnovers according to

In the next two NBA Drafts listed for seven current Big 12 players from Iowa State (Haliburton), Kansas (Ochai Agbaji, Devon Dotson and Udoka Azubuike), Texas Tech (Terrence Shannon and Jahmius Ramsey) and finally West Virginia’s Oscar Tshiebwe.

Big East Conference (BE) All-Conference Team

0Player - Jersey NumberTeamOffensive ValueDefensive ValueTotal Value
1Paul Reed #4DePaul6.48-3.9210.4
2Markus Howard #0Marquette9.07-0.279.33
3Quincy McKnight #0Seton Hall6.38-1.648.02
4Myles Powell #13Seton Hall6.3-1.497.79
5Saddiq Bey #41Villanova7.12-0.587.69
6Tyrique Jones #4Xavier5.24-2.457.69
7Sean McDermott #22Butler6.26-1.217.47
8Mitch Ballock #24Creighton6.52-0.887.4
9Collin Gillespie #2Villanova6.48-0.857.33
10Omer Yurtseven #44Georgetown5.79-1.437.22
11Ty-Shon Alexander #5Creighton5.71-1.337.04
12Jeremiah Robinson-Earl #24Villanova3.71-2.636.34
13Bryce Nze #10Butler4.11-2.136.24
14Marcus Zegarowski #11Creighton5.8-0.446.24
15David Duke #3Providence5.15-0.96.05

 ---- Ave. KenPom 2014-2020: 13.72 (ranks 4th)

After one transition year, the Big East is stronger than ever. It is one of only two conferences with every team projected to go to the NCAA or NIT tournament if the picks were based on the Basketball Net ratings - and it beat the other such conference (the Big 12) 9-1 in a tournament challenge. In addition, 12 current Big East players are projected to be drafted by the NBA this year or next.

The season started with two potential National Players of the Year in Myles Powell, who I covered last year in this piece from the Big East tournament, and returning USA Today 1st team All-American Markus Howard (full disclosure, from my alma mater), and yet Value Add calculates that even those two greats have been topped in the early season by DePaul's Paul Reed.

The fact that he is worth more than 10 points per game to ranks as the 6th best player in the country should be no surprise to Big Ten fans. Paul Reed went into Iowa to lead DePaul to a shocking double digit win this season in which he dominated the most valuable player in the country to date. Reed hit 10 of 14 shots including making three 3-pointers and grabbing 11 defensive rebounds, to limit Luka Garza to just four offensive rebounds and 5 of 12 shooting. He then led an upset at Minnesota with seven offensive rebounds and eight blocked shots. Reed is also projected as the top NBA prospect in the conference.

Currently six of the 10 Big East teams would make the NCAA tournament based purely on the NET rankings, and Georgetown's win behind a clutch final shot by Omer Yurtseven in MSG vs. St. John's Saturday brought the Hoyas to the brink of giving the Big East a 7th NCAA team.

Even with James Akinjo no longer with Georgetown, the following 12 players are projected to be pick in one of the next two NBA drafts; Creighton’s TyShon Alexander, DePaul’s Romeo Weems and Paul Reed, Georgetown’s Omer Yurtseven and Jamorko Pickett, Marquette’s Markus Howard, Providence’s David Duke, St. John’s Mustapha Heron, Seton Hall’s Myles Powell and a trio of Villanova players in Bryan Antoine, Jeremiah Robinson and Saddiq Bey.

Big Sky Conference (BSky) All-Conference Team

0Player - Jersey NumberTeamOffensive ValueDefensive ValueTotal Value
1Jonah Radebaugh #12Northern Colorado6.05-0.866.91
2Kim Aiken #24Eastern Washington3.39-2.165.56
3Jubrile Belo #13Montana St.5.03-0.35.33
4Joshua Patton #30Sacramento St.3.68-1.254.93
5Cameron Oluyitan #23Southern Utah3.94-0.894.83
6Kai Edwards #25Northern Colorado3.8-1.024.82
7Harald Frey #5Montana St.4.12-0.534.65
8Mason Peatling #14Eastern Washington3.72-0.624.33
9Brooks DeBisschop #22Northern Arizona3.35-0.684.03
10Derrick Carter-Hollinger #35Montana2.94-0.663.61
11Sayeed Pridgett #4Montana1.99-1.483.47
12Kendal Manuel #2Montana3.36-0.043.4
13Maizen Fausett #12Southern Utah2.15-1.213.36
14Holland Woods #11Portland St.3.720.383.34
15Luke Avdalovic #21Northern Arizona3.640.363.28
 ---- Ave. KenPom 2014-2020: -6.45

Jonah Radebaugh ranks as one of the best 100 players in the country and best in the Big Sky accounting to Value Add Basketball, as he leads the top team in the conference Northern Colorado to the tournament - where Net Rankings project them as a solid 14-seed. Value Add projects Eastern Washington's Kim Aiken as the second best player as both Eastern Washington and a more balanced Montana squad (a trio ranks as the 10th, 11th and 12th best player in the conference) appear to be the two biggest threats in a pretty balanced conference.

Big South Conference (BSth) All-Conference Team

0Player - Jersey NumberTeamOffensive ValueDefensive ValueTotal Value
1Carlik Jones #1Radford7.9-0.568.46
2Ben Stanley #14Hampton5.150.24.94
3Tajion Jones #3UNC Asheville4.90.34.6
4Cedric Henderson #45Campbell4.360.084.27
5Cory Gensler #22Campbell3.21-0.693.9
6Josh Ferguson #25Winthrop3.32-0.473.8
7Chandler Vaudrin #52Winthrop1.57-1.352.92
8Travis Fields #11Radford3.10.292.8
9LJ Thorpe #2UNC Asheville2.07-0.672.74
10Micheal Anumba #3Winthrop2.56-0.132.68
11Jaheam Cornwall #1Gardner Webb2.980.372.61
12John-Michael Wright #1High Point2.790.212.57
13Phlandrous Fleming #24Charleston Southern1.36-1.192.54
14Hunter Hale #13Winthrop2.44-0.112.54
15Chase Claxton #33Winthrop2.43-0.12.53
 ---- Ave. KenPom 2014-2020: -7.27

Winthrop is the team to beat in the Big South with a trio of 2nd team all-Big South players and two more 3rd team members, while Radford appears the biggest threat with the Conference MVP  of Carlik Jones. Jones would be the MVP of many conferences, ranking in the top 1 percent of all players as the 31st most valuable player in the nation.

Hampton, Campbell and the always threatening Asheville also boast 1st team all-Big South players who could lead upsets in the conference tournament for an NCAA automatic bid.

 Big Ten Conference (B10) All-Conference Team

0Player - Jersey NumberTeamOffensive ValueDefensive ValueTotal Value
1Luka Garza #55Iowa9.45-2.3311.78
2Jalen Smith #25Maryland8-3.3511.35
3Daniel Oturu #25Minnesota7.73-2.5310.26
4Trayce Jackson-Davis #4Indiana7.5-1.999.49
5Xavier Tillman #23Michigan St.5.37-3.448.81
6Jon Teske #15Michigan5.12-2.757.87
7Anthony Cowan #1Maryland6.39-1.337.72
8Marcus Carr #5Minnesota6.85-0.647.49
9Kofi Cockburn #21Illinois5.08-2.267.34
10Joe Wieskamp #10Iowa5.98-1.17.08
11Myles Johnson #15Rutgers4.93-2.127.05
12Kaleb Wesson #34Ohio St.4.19-2.736.92
13Cassius Winston #5Michigan St.5.87-0.876.74
14Mike Watkins #24Penn St.3.29-3.166.45
15Ron Harper #24Rutgers4.16-2.086.23
 ---- Ave. KenPom 2014-2020: 14.74 (ranks 2nd)

The 2020 Big Ten might be the most dominance conference of the Century, with Indiana just a couple of spots from giving the conference 12 NCAA bids if based purely on the Net Rankings. The conference looks like the Big East in 2011 when UConn and Marquette grabbed the conferences 10th and 11th bids and Marquette went to the Sweet 16 and UConn won the title - this year's Big Ten might be even better.

The conference boasted the Value Add Basketball National Preseason Most Valuable Player Cassius Winston, who since then fought through a tragic family death, and now boasts the Most Valuable Player in the Country in Luka Garza. Both he and Maryland's Jalen Smith are legit National Player of the Year contenders, as is the 9th best player in the country and NBA lottery pick Daniel Oturu from Minnesota making this the toughest 1st team all-conference team to make. The final two who belong based on Value Add ratings are Indiana's Trayce Jackson-Davis and Michigan State's Xavier Tillman.

However, since all five are front line players, if you went by position then Maryland's Anthony Cowan and Minnesota's Marcus Carr would replaced those last two to give the 1st team two elite guards.

In total, 10 current Big Ten players should hear their names called in the NBA draft this year or next, including Illinois’ Ayo Dosunmu, Maryland’s Jalen Smith and Aaron Wiggins, Michigan State’s Gabe Brown, Aaron Henry and Cassius Winston, Minnesota’s Daniel Oturu, Nebraska’s Cam Mack, Ohio State’s DJ Carton and finally Penn State’s Lamar Stevens.

Big West Conference (BW) All-Conference Team

0Player - Jersey NumberTeamOffensive ValueDefensive ValueTotal Value
1Collin Welp #40UC Irvine5-0.685.68
2JaQuori McLaughlin #3UC Santa Barbara5.5-0.065.56
3Eddie Stansberry #3Hawaii5.05-0.25.25
4Terrell Gomez #3Cal St. Northridge4.910.334.58
5Brad Greene #55UC Irvine2.53-1.123.65
6Matt Freeman #2UC Santa Barbara3.480.093.39
7Darius Brown #10Cal St. Northridge3.710.353.36
8Joshua Morgan #24Long Beach St.2.61-0.583.19
9Stefan Gonzalez #2UC Davis3.360.183.18
10Dominick Pickett #22UC Riverside2.850.012.83
11Joe Mooney #22UC Davis2.770.012.75
12Tommy Rutherford #42UC Irvine2.730.042.69
13Eyassu Worku #24UC Irvine2.760.082.69
14Bernardo da Silva #5Hawaii1.58-0.732.31
15Amadou Sow #12UC Santa Barbara1.4-0.872.27
 ---- Ave. KenPom 2014-2020: -3.53

The Big West Player of the Year race measures the team race - UC Irvine and their star Collin Welp as the top rating team and player with Hawaii's Eddie Stansberry and UC Santa Barbara chasing them for player of the year and the conference title. UC Irvine could be a solid 14 seed if they win the conference tournament, where they would hope to build on last year's upset of K-State during March Madness. Coach Russell Turner actually brings Welp off the bench, but he plays the second most minutes on the team and rates him as the MVP in 7 of the team's last 15 appearances.

While Cal State Northridge is not quite as strong, their 5-foot-8 point guard Terrell Gomez is Value Add's 1st team choice to run an All-Conference team, while he could pass to a second UC Irvine 1st team player, 6-foot-11 Brad Greene who ranks as the top defensive player in the conference with a -1.12 (takes more than a point a game away from opponents.

Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) All-Conference Team

0Player - Jersey NumberTeamOffensive ValueDefensive ValueTotal Value
1Nathan Knight #13William & Mary6.5-1.838.33
2Jordan Roland #12Northeastern7.56-0.237.78
3Grant Riller #1Charleston6.65-0.837.47
4Desure Buie #4Hofstra5.69-0.416.1
5James Butler #51Drexel4.68-1.35.98
6Bolden Brace #20Northeastern4.2-0.264.46
7Luke Loewe #12William & Mary4.110.024.09
8Nate Darling #3Delaware3.80.163.65
9Andy Van Vliet #11William & Mary2.29-1.273.56
10Dennis Tunstall #11Towson2.44-1.13.54
11Matt Lewis #1James Madison3.26-0.273.53
12Brian Fobbs #23Towson3.640.233.4
13Nakye Sanders #20Towson2.55-0.683.23
14Isaac Kante #32Hofstra3.02-0.13.12
15Justyn Mutts #25Delaware1.91-12.91
 ---- Ave. KenPom 2014-2020: -1.72

William & Mary's Nathan Knight currently beats out two other CAA players who rank in the top 1 1/2 percent of all players for CAA MVP so far. Knight ranks 35th in the nation of more than 4000 players, while Jordan Roland (Northeastern, 48th) and Grant Riller (60th, College of Charleston) make the conference one of only nine (of 32 conferences) with three Top 60 players.

Conf Top 60 Players
B12 9
B10 8
P12 7
BE 6
A10 4
Amer 1
BSth 1
Ivy 1

Hofstra is about even with those three in a very competitive race and has the 4th most valuable player in Desure Buie, while Drexel is further further back but boasts the fifth 1st Team All Conference player in James Butler. Towson is in the mix with the top four teams for the potential conference tournament win and title - accomplishing it with a trio of players in the top 15.

Conference USA (CUSA) All-Conference Team

0Player - Jersey NumberTeamOffensive ValueDefensive ValueTotal Value
1Bryson Williams #11UTEP5.58-1.346.93
2Osasumwen Osaghae #34FIU5.03-1.46.43
3Carson Williams #22Western Kentucky5.93-0.276.19
4Jhivvan Jackson #2UTSA5.64-0.285.92
5Javion Hamlet #3North Texas6.050.175.89
6Mubarak Muhammed #23Louisiana Tech4.17-1.635.8
7Jason Wade #1Old Dominion3.84-1.65.44
8Jahmir Young #1Charlotte3.73-1.445.17
9Jared Savage #2Western Kentucky4.44-0.645.09
10Tavin Lovan #3UAB4.07-0.594.66
11Amorie Archibald #3Louisiana Tech4.13-0.254.37
12Richardson Maitre #23Florida Atlantic3.55-0.664.21
13Taevion Kinsey #1Marshall4.420.284.14
14Taveion Hollingsworth #11Western Kentucky3.890.163.73
15Keaton Wallace #22UTSA3.46-0.233.69
 ---- Ave. KenPom 2014-2020: -1.65

Charles Bassey, the top NBA prospect in Conference USA after being only the second player to win both freshman of the year and defensive player of the year, projected to be one of the best 15 players in CUSA history this year behind the likes only of Dwyane Wade and other Lousville and Memphis greats. Unfortunately while helping Western Kentucky upset Arkansas in the ninth game of the season he suffered a season ending injury.

With Bassey out, it appeared Keaton Wallace might be the leading candidate for Player of the Year, but despite six straight 20 point games UTSA has struggled on defense - allowing 79.3 points per game for the 19th worse total among 353 teams. Wallace still calculates as 3rd team All-Conference while teammate Jhivvan Jackson ranks as first team.

However, 1st teamer Javion Hamlet leads a North Texas team that seems the toughest competition for a great Louisiana Tech team which is balanced but led by Mubarak Muhammad who is a fraction of a Value Add Basketball point from jumping to the 1st team all-conference rating. UTEP and FIU are middle of the conference teams, but right now have the two most valuable players in Bryson Williams and Osasumwen Osaghae. Western Kentucky could still end up with the Player of the Year as Carson Williams is just behind those two. 

Horizon League (Horz) All-Conference Team

0Player - Jersey NumberTeamOffensive ValueDefensive ValueTotal Value
1Tanner Holden #2Wright St.4.37-0.95.27
2Cole Gentry #31Wright St.5.060.354.71
3Dantez Walton #32Northern Kentucky3.87-0.64.47
4Tyler Sharpe #15Northern Kentucky3.84-0.544.39
5Chris Brandon #21Detroit3.87-0.444.31
6Bill Wampler #1Wright St.4.250.323.92
7Xavier Hill-Mais #14Oakland2.78-0.923.7
8Trevon Faulkner #12Northern Kentucky2.48-0.543.02
9Marcus Burk #14IUPUI3.20.183.02
10Adrian Nelson #4Northern Kentucky2.53-0.483
11Michael Akuchie #31Youngstown St.2.43-0.442.87
12PJ Pipes #2Green Bay3.170.342.83
13JayQuan McCloud #11Green Bay2.910.242.67
14Loudon Love #11Wright St.1.41-12.41
15Tre Gomillion #5Cleveland St.1.93-0.412.34
 ---- Ave. KenPom 2014-2020: -2.77

Wright State is the top team in the Horizon League so far behind the two Most Valuable Players to date in Tanner Holden and Cole Gentry, while Northern Kentucky is right behind them with the third and fourth players who could challenge them for Conference Player of the Year - Dantez Walter and Tyler Sharpe. The 5th and final spot on the All-Conference team is Detroit Mercy's Chris Brandon, but both Wright State and Northern Kentucky have second team players who could pass Brandon to let the two teams combine to sweep the 1st team all-conference honors. Cleveland State, Green Bay, IUPUI, Oakland, Wright State and Youngstown State also boast players on the 2nd or 3rd All-Conference team.

Ivy League (Ivy) All-Conference Team

0Player - Jersey NumberTeamOffensive ValueDefensive ValueTotal Value
1Paul Atkinson #20Yale7.33-2.169.49
2AJ Brodeur #25Penn5.82-1.397.2
3Jordan Bruner #23Yale3.98-3.097.07
4Chris Lewis #0Harvard4.06-1.135.19
5Ryan Betley #0Penn3.48-0.914.39
6James Foye #10Dartmouth4.04-0.054.09
7Richmond Aririguzoh #34Princeton3.52-0.293.82
8Danilo Djuricic #30Harvard3.69-0.033.73
9Mike Smith #21Columbia3.42-0.123.54
10Drew Friberg #5Princeton3.26-0.153.42
11Brandon Anderson #2Brown3.30.073.23
12Noah Kirkwood #10Harvard2.44-0.362.8
13Matthue Cotton #10Yale1.93-0.792.72
14Jimmy Boeheim #3Cornell2.90.192.72
15Terrance McBride #11Cornell2.910.232.69
 ---- Ave. KenPom 2014-2020: -1.48

Yale looks like a legitimate 12-seed in the tournament behind Paul Atkinson, the Ivy League's best player according to Value Add calculation, and his teammate Jordan Bruner who joins him as a top 100 player (out of 4000). However, gone are the days that the dominant regular season team automatically went to the tournament, as the top four now playoff in a weekend tournament.

Therefore Yale could win the regular season and still be relegated to the NIT if they are upset in the semifinals by either Penn - which also boasts two first team all-Ivy League players, or Princeton, which boasts two second team players. Win that game and they could face their arch rival Harvard and another 1st team all-Ivy League player in Chris Lewis.

Harvard is in a murderous schedule in which they barely lost at Penn and Princeton last weekend and now go to Yale to try to keep their rivals from improving to 5-0, and Harvard will get them back in Cambridge for the regular season finale the weekend before the Ivy League tournament for the NCAA bid. The regular season champ still gets an NIT bid if they are upset in the tournament, though Yale would certainly get an NIT bid regardless.

Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) All-Conference Team

0Player - Jersey NumberTeamOffensive ValueDefensive ValueTotal Value
1Jalen Pickett #22Siena5.28-0.155.43
2Kevin Marfo #45Quinnipiac4.01-1.085.09
3Tyere Marshall #20Rider4.2-0.494.69
4Elijah Burns #1Siena4.37-0.084.45
5Ray Salnave #0Monmouth3.5-0.734.23
6Rich Kelly #22Quinnipiac3.690.253.44
7Frederick Scott #13Rider3.07-0.293.36
8Dimencio Vaughn #14Rider2.3-0.83.1
9Manny Camper #3Siena2.45-0.633.08
10Marcus Hammond #10Niagara3.090.152.94
11Malik Johnson #1Canisius1.46-1.312.77
12Deion Hammond #3Monmouth2.830.12.72
13Doug Edert #2Saint Peter's2.680.532.15
14Landon Taliaferro #25Fairfield2.320.192.13
15Marcus McClary #13Monmouth1.87-0.212.08
 ---- Ave. KenPom 2014-2020: -4.77

While one of the most wide open races for the conference title and Most Valuable Player, Jalen Pickett and Siena are the best player and team so far. Elijah Burns joins him to give Siena a second 1st team all-MAAC player. However, Rider boasts a 1st team player and two 2nd team players, and Monmouth and Quinipiac also have players and teams that are right in the mix.

Mid American Conference (MAC) All-Conference Team

0Player - Jersey NumberTeamOffensive ValueDefensive ValueTotal Value
1Loren Cristian Jackson #1Akron9.830.029.82
2Tahjai Teague #25Ball St.3.51-2.896.4
3Marreon Jackson #3Toledo6.3806.38
4Kevin McKay #20Central Michigan5.49-0.55.99
5Xeyrius Williams #20Akron3.64-2.195.83
6Ishmael El-Amin #5Ball St.5.04-0.525.56
7Luke Knapke #30Toledo4.87-0.555.42
8Daeqwon Plowden #25Bowling Green4.82-0.585.4
9Troy Simons #3Kent St.4.5-0.294.79
10David DiLeo #14Central Michigan4.960.294.68
11Jason Preston #0Ohio4.04-0.284.33
12Kyle Mallers #14Ball St.3.78-0.434.22
13Tyler Cheese #4Akron3.78-0.254.03
14Michael Flowers #12Western Michigan4.190.353.85
15Channel Banks #11Akron3.39-0.43.79
 ---- Ave. KenPom 2014-2020: 0.64

Loren Cristian Jackson ranks as a 3rd Team All-AMERICAN according to the Value Add Basketball calculations, which peg him as the 12th Most Valuable Player in America. His offensive dominance makes Akron the best team in the conference so far, but Kent State and Ball State and a host of other teams are strong and could challenge Akron for the title. If Akron since the conference tournament, they appear to be a solid 13-seed, and if they win the regular season but lose the tournament they would be a strong NIT team.

Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) All-Conference Team

 ---- Ave. KenPom 2014-2020: -15.36

The first time I met with an NBA official after inventing the Value Add Basketball equations was in November 2011 to watch Kyle O'Quinn, who I told him was one of the greatest MEAC players of the century and could contribute to an NBA team. A month later he almost upset Marquette, and then he did lead a shocking upset over 2-seed Missouri in the NCAA tournament before going to the Orlando Magic (where my contact still works) and the past four seasons he was still receiving around $4 million a year to play in the NBA.

This year's Player of the Year might come down to the season finale when Jibri Blount and North Carolina Central visit Ronald Jackson and North Carolina A&T.  As I write this, Norfolk State is trying to hold onto a small lead at North Carolina Central in a battle for second place after losing a close one at first place A&T - so these three could battle for the title, but the conference appears wide open. Joe Bryant of Norfolk State calculates as a 1st team All-MEAC player as well, but the all-conference players are spread out over most of the teams in the conference.

Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) All-Conference Team

 ---- Ave. KenPom 2014-2020: 1.77

Northern Iowa's 1st team all-conference duo of Austin Phyfe and Trae Berhow make them a legitimate at-large NCAA team even if they lose the Missouri Valley, but they cannot count on a bid if one of the other strong teams in the MVC - Loyola Chicago, Indiana State, Bradley, or someone else upsets them in the conference tournament.

Cameron Krutwig from the miracle Loyola March Madness run is still playing and so far Value Add Basketball calculations rank him not only as the best player in the conference, but as the 25th best player in the country who merits All-American consideration. Generally freshman rank fairly low in the Value Add rankings because even the talented ones make a lot of mistakes such as turnovers, so it is notable that Marcus Domask of Southern Illinois already ranks as the second most valuable player as a freshman. While Evansville struggles, DeAndre Williams has been incredible to round out the 1st team All-Conference picks as the 5th most valuable player in the conference.

Mountain West Conference (MWC) All-Conference Team

 ---- Ave. KenPom 2014-2020: 3.71

For San Diego State doubters, Malachi Flynn is a 1st team All-American (5th most valuable player in the country according to Value Add) and NBA prospect, and faces other NBA prospects in Mountain West games against Fresno State (Orlando Robinson) and Boise State (Derrick Alston). In addition, Utah State is one of only six teams in the country with two top 50 players – only matched by Baylor, Kansas, Louisville, Maryland and Seton Hall. New Mexico is not as strong as some past teams this year, but their altitude gives them the 6th largest home advantage in the country and San Diego State traveled from sea level and jumped ahead 20-4 in a blowout.

The four players listed above on the All-Conference teams rank in the top 256 of all players, and only Colorado, Dayton, Kansas, Villanova and West Virginia have four players ranked that high – and no one has five. While San Diego State could receive the only conference bid unless they lose the tournament or Utah State sneaks in, the Mountain West is a strong conference with a lot of talent and not many soft games, so if the Aztec's run the table against these foes it will be quite a feat.

 Northeast Conference (NEC) All-Conference Team

 ---- Ave. KenPom 2014-2020: -9.69

The NEC tournament could be wide open, and the race for NEC most valuable player is the closest of any conference with Isaiah Blackmon of St. Francis (PA) and EJ Anosike of Sacred Heart. Value Add determines that even if playing in a top conference, either player would improve a solid team five points a game. Those two teams appear to be the best so far - at 13-9 and 13-8 against a little tougher competition than Merrimack faced in starting 14-8. Robert Morris currently is the third ranked team despite their record not being quite as good, and they are led by the Value Add third best player as well with AJ Bramah. The final two 1st team all-conference calculations are Bryant Adam Grant and St. Francis' New York Deniz Celen, though he is barely ahead of Robert Morris Josh Williams for the 5th spot.

Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) All-Conference Team

 ---- Ave. KenPom 2014-2020: -5.87

The year after Ja Morant led Murray State to the title and an upset of Marquette, All-American candidate Terry Taylor of Austin Peay likely has Conference MVP wrapped up according to Value Add Calculations. The battle for the conference looks like a 3-way race with Belmont and the second best player Grayson Murphy and Murray State and the third best player in Tevin Brown. George Dixon of Eastern Illinois is a 1st team pick as the 4th Most Valuable Player in the conference and the only of the top six not from one of the top three teams.

Nick Muszynski of Belmont is currently edging KJ Williams of Murray State for the fifth and final spot as a 1st team All-Conference player.

Pac 12 Conference (P12) All-Conference Team

 ---- Ave. KenPom 2014-2020: 10.52 (ranks 6th)

Value Add calculates potential NBA lottery pick Onyeka Okongwu of USC as the Most Valuable Player in the Pac-12, but it is a fierce race in the talent loaded Conference of Champions. Okongwu ranks as the second best player in the country, but another potential lottery pick in Washington's Isaiah Stewart also ranks as a 1st team All-AMERICAN as the fourth most valuable player in the country but only second best in the Pac-12. Finally Oregon's Payton Pritchard gives the Pac-12 a chance at three 1st team All-Americans, ranking 7th to give the Pac-12 three of the seven most valuable players thus far this season.

Arizona's Zeke Nnaji, another potential NBA lottery pick and then Stanford's Oscar da Silva edges Colorado's Tyler Bey and Oregon State's Tres Tinkle for the final 1st team All-Conference spot.
That gives the Pac-12 seven of the top 42 players in the country, with the other 31 conferences dividing up the other 35 spots.

The conference boasts four strong NCAA teams in Arizona, Colorado, Oregon and Stanford, and a strong finish by USC, Washington and Arizona State could take the conference as high as seven bids which - if reached - could give them more bids than any other conference besides the Big Ten.

Pac-12 fans see projected NBA picks almost every night, with Nico Mannion, Josh Green and Zeke Nnaji of Arizona; Tyler Bey of Colorado; CJ Walker and Payton Pritchard or Oregon; Ethan Thompson and Tres Tinkle of Oregon State; Onyeka Okongwu of USC; Chris Smith of UCLA; Both Gach of Utah; Jaden McDaniels, Isaiah Stewart and Nahziah Carter of Washington and CJ Elleby of Washington State.

Patriot League (Pat) All-Conference Team

 ---- Ave. KenPom 2014-2020: -5.84

While Boston University's Max Mahoney is the Most Valuable Player in the Patriot League according to the Value Add Basketball calculations, Colgate seems to be the team to beat with the No. 3 player in Will Rayman and five of the top 13 players in the conference. Navy's Cam Davis, Lafayette's Myles Cherry and Loyola Maryland's Andrew Kostecka round out the top five as the 1st team all-conference players.

Southeastern Conference (SEC) All-Conference Team

 ---- Ave. KenPom 2014-2020: 12.41 (ranks 5th)

Mississippi State’s NBA prospect Reggie Perry is the most valuable player in the SEC according to the Value Add Basketball calculations, a tough crown to wear since nine other SEC teams also have players projected to go in the NBA draft.

Those likely future NBA players include John Petty, Kira Lewis and Isaiah Joe or Alabama; Isaac Okoro and Austin Wiley of Auburn; Scottie Lewis, Andrew Nembhard, Tre Mann and Keyontae Johnson of Florida; Anthony Edwards and Toumani Camara of Georgia; Ashton Hagans, Tyrese Maxey and Nick Richards of Kentucky; Trendon Watford of the highest ranked LSU; Reggie Perry of Mississippi State; AJ Lawson of South Carolina; and Aaron Nesmith of Vanderbilt.

Based on results before this weekend, the other four 1st team All-SEC players are Kentucky’s Nick Richards, Florida’s Kerry Blackshear, Tennessee’s John Fulkerson, and Arkansas’ Mason Jones. All five are among the 37 most valuable players in the country. The calculations were done before this weekend’s games, which included Austin Wiley and Isaac Okoro who were held down in the rankings because until then Auburn had faced only the 159th toughest defense.

While the SEC has no team ranked higher than Auburn’s Net ranking of 19th, opponents should consider last year’s March Madness.

In 2019 Auburn beat four of the top seven teams in the country the final three weeks of the season, and likely would have made it five of seven and won a national title without the injury to Chuma Okeke. But to show you how strong the SEC was – Auburn finished the season FOUR games out of THIRD PLACE behind LSU, Kentucky and Tennessee. Opponents should beware that several teams could blossom at the end as no less than 10 teams have players projected to go in the NBA draft this year or next, and even seven of these teams project to make the NCAA tournament if based purely on NET rankings.

Southern Conference (SC) All-Conference Team

 ---- Ave. KenPom 2014-2020: -3.93

Furman's Clay Mounce ranks as the clear Southern Conference Most Valuable Player and one of the best players in the country. He leads one of three excellent teams who could be dangerous in the NCAA. The other two also boast a 1st team all-conference player in James Dickey and UNC Greensboro and Bo Hodges of East Tennessee State.

East Tennessee State is a borderline at-large NCAA team and UNC Greensboro and Furman could be NIT teams, so the Southern Conference tournament should be hard fought for the automatic bid.

The other two all-conference players are Western Carolina's Mason Faulkner and Mercer's Ethan Stair.

Southland Conference (Slnd) All-Conference Team

 ---- Ave. KenPom 2014-2020: -9.99

While anything can happen in a conference tournament, Stephen F. Austin is the team in the Southland that could once again pull and upset in the NCAA tournament. By the same token Sha'markus Kennedy of McNeese is clearly the conference MVP and one of the top players in the country according to the Value Add Basketball calculations.

Stephen F. Austin is balanced with just one 1st team all-Southland player, and one 2nd team in Cameron Johnson and finally two 3rd team players in John Comeaux and Gavin Kensmil. While other teams do not match that depth, three others split up the other 1st team all-Southland players in Abilene Christian's Payten Ricks, Nicholls State's Warith Alatishe and Sam Houston State's Kai Mitchell.

Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) All-Conference Team

 ---- Ave. KenPom 2014-2020: -15.56

Gerard Andrus is the most valuable player in the SWAC, and his Prairie View A&M team appears to be about even with Texas Southern as the teams most likely to win the SWAC and go to the NCAA tournament.  Tyrik Armstrong is Texas Southern's 1st team all-SWAC player, with Jackson State's Jayveous McKinnis finish slightly ahead of him with the second highest rating. Tobi Ewuosho of Alabama State and Maurice Howard of Alcorn State round out the 1st team All-SWAC team.

Summit League (Sum) All-Conference Team

 ---- Ave. KenPom 2014-2020: -2.75

South Dakota State places two of the five All-Summit League 1st team players with Matt Dentlinger and Douglas Wilson to appear to be the team to beat so far. However, North Dakota State (with the 3rd most valuable player Tyson Ward) and Oral Roberts (with the second most valuable player Emmanuel Nzekwesi) could certainly beat them.

While South Dakota ranks a bit behind the other three in the Net Ratings they boast the League MVP in Tyler Hagedorn, who ranks in the top two percent of all players in the nation according to Value Add Basketball calculations.

Sun Belt Conference (SB) All-Conference Team

 ---- Ave. KenPom 2014-2020: -1.99

Georgia State, UT Arlington and Little Rock rank slightly ahead of the other Sun Belt teams. The main challenge for current Sun Belt Most Valuable David Azore of UT Arlington comes from South Alabama. Josh Ajayi of South Alabama joins Azore among the top 100 players in the country. Ajaya made 5 of 9 shots and both free throws while grabbing 9 rebounds in a one point loss to Auburn.

The rest of the 1st team includes Ruot Monyyong of Little Rock, Nijal Pearson of Texas State and DeVante' Jones of Coastal Carolina.

West Coast Conference (WCC) All-Conference Team

 ---- Ave. KenPom 2014-2020: 3.04

Gonzaga's Joel Ayayi is a 1st team all-West Coast Conference player and one of four Zags expected to go in the NBA draft this year or next year and one of six Zags to calculate as one of the 1st, 2nd or 3rd team all-conference players. Clearly this looks like a national contender in a wide open year.

While not as deep, the other two teams expected to be in the NCAA tournament include Saint Mary's with two 1st team players in Malik Fitts and the current conference player of the year Jordan Ford while BYU boasts 1st team all-Conference player Jake Toolson. While Pacific is expected to finish further back, they do boast the final 1st team all-conference player in Jahlil Tripp.

San Francisco and Santa Clara both could make it to the NIT with strong finishes, and both have 2nd team all-conference players.

Western Athletic Conference (WAC) All-Conference Team

 ---- Ave. KenPom 2014-2020: -5.31-2020: -5.31

New Mexico State boasts the Most Valuable player in the WAC as well as two other 1st team All-WAC players based on the Value Add Basketball calculations to appear as the clear front runner. Trevelin Queen is the MVP, with Jabari Rice and Johnny McCants.

The other two 1st team All-Conference players are Alessandro Lever of Grand Canyon and Zach Pirog of Cal Baptist.

The conference includes an interesting combination of Seattle, which returned to Division 1 to potentially capture the status that led to national prominence behind the great Elgin Baylor, and some new programs such as Grand Canyon and UT Rio Grande Valley. Seattle's new starts include a great backcourt of Terrell Brown, who calculates as 2nd team all-conference while Morgan Means just misses it to fall to third team. Rio Grande is led by 2nd team all-conference player Lesley Varner.

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