Sunday, December 26, 2021

America East Conference Top 15 Men’s Basketball Players To Date

For Immediate Release

John Pudner, 404.606.3163,

America East Conference Top 15 Men’s Basketball Players To Date

“Value Add Basketball is happy to provide the early list of the conference’s top 15 men’s  basketball players based on proven analytics used by NBA teams for draft prep,as well as writers at Sports Illustrated, ESPN, NBC Sports, Fox Sports,” said John Pudner, the inventor of the system.”

“Since 2017, Vermont won or shared every American East regular season title until being upset by Hartford in the tournament after last year’s shortened season. UMBC shared the regular season title in 2021, and was the last team to win the tournament title besides Vermont, beating them 65-62 in the title game and then stunning Virginia 74-54 in the NCAA tournament. As the only team in the country with four of the top five players in their conference Vermont certainly seems the big favorite again.”

“New Hampshire’s Jayden Martinez is the only non-Vermont player in the Top 5, and he ranks at No. 1 as our Player of the Year based on the season so far. His sharpshooting and offensive rebounding included scoring 21 points in a near upset of Marquette, then scoring 33 against Quinnipiac and 20 against Holy Cross to rank as MVP of those games. Last year Martinez ranked third behind UMass Lowell’s Obadiah Noel and Vermont’s Ryan Davis, who this year ranks 3rd.”

“However, few teams in the nation have the NBA level talent of Memphis, who can overpower anyone on any night. Jalen Duren is the star as the 5th best player in the conference so far and with an 87% chance to make the NBA by our calculations. Other Memphis players who could make the NBA include Josh Minott (72% chance), Landers Nolley (26%) and DeAndre Williams (19%).”

After the top 15 players, we list the top five freshmen in the conference to date.

You can click on this google doc with information on all 4,000+ players prior to it being posted on You can also click here for the top 100 players in the country.

Information includes each player’s chance of making the NBA, his Value Add Rating for how many points he impacts a typical game (roughly 10 points is All-American level). The key to the table is: Rank = the player's conference ranking, Value Add = how many points he improves his team over a replacement player, Class = if he is in his 1st, 2nd, 3rd or 4th and final year of eligibility, Ht = his height, AdjD = how many points he takes away from opponents, and NBA = his percent chance of making the NBA.

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RankAETeamValue AddClassHtAdjD
1Jayden MartinezNew Hampshire5.06Sr6'7"-0.21
2Ben ShunguVermont4.49Sr6'2"-1.73
3Ryan DavisVermont4.39Sr6'8"-1.97
4Isaiah PowellVermont4.39Sr6'6"-1.92
5Justin MazzullaVermont3.98Sr6'3"-1.21
6Everette HammondUMass Lowell3.75Sr6'3"-1.27
7Tykei GreeneStony Brook3.48Jr6'4"-1.25
8Max BrooksUMass Lowell3.40So6'7"-1.97
9Hunter MarksHartford3.39Sr6'9"0.22
10Moses FlowersHartford2.97Jr6'3"-0.98
11Finn SullivanVermont2.97Sr6'4"-1.78
12De'Vondre PerryAlbany2.73Sr6'7"-2.09
13Jahlil JenkinsStony Brook2.61Sr6'0-0.01
14Kalil ThomasUMass Lowell2.27Jr6'5"-0.29
15LJ OwensUMBC2.20Sr6'3"0.46
FrJustin NeelyAlbany0.78Fr6'5"-0.98
FrPayton ShumpertStony Brook0.34Fr6'7"2.48
FrTairi KetnerAlbany0.12Fr6'7"0.2
FrSam IhekwoabaMaine0.06Fr6'5"-0.15
FrKeeshawn MasonNJIT0.04Fr6'9"-0.09

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