Instead coronavirus intervened to change American life. I came up in two Google Alerts the same day with my CBS247 story on realizing I was reporting on the last game of the season in Madison Square Garden Wednesday night, and the other of this explanation to the Washington Post on why Congress should vote from home instead of DC.
The cancellation of much of American life occurred just a couple of days after we passed 169,000 visitors to our sports blog with a photo of me and Bobby Knight and recounting my simulated March Madness tournament of 96 of the greatest teams ever with Bill Walton's UCLA defeating Michael Jordan's in the final of this free Value Add Basketball Game. While the work load is pretty heavy, I hope to soon add player cards for the 2020 season so everyone can play out the tournament that never happened.
The final ratings for all 4000+ players will be updated at www.valueaddbasketball.com shortly, and the top 100 are listed below. We list how many points each player would improve an average team (San Diego State's Malachi Flynn would improve a team 11.42 points per game), their conference, the number of games the player started, came off the bench, or missed, and finally the chance that they will make it to the NBA. Ironically I ran into the parent's of Creighton's Mitch Ballock this morning and was able to tell them in person their son was moving up from 60th to 40th in the final rankings. It is great that the NCAA is letting all the seniors as well as Spring Athletes like my two children who run D1 track have an extra season of eligibility after we get through the coming months of uncertainty. Stay safe. - John Pudner 404.606.3163