Sunday, December 26, 2021

Missouri Valley Conference Top 15 Men’s Basketball Players To Date

 For Immediate Release

John Pudner, 404.606.3163,

Missouri Valley 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.”

“The MVC is stacked with top tier talent this year with seven players placing in the top five percent of all players, including three from Loyola Chicago. Our analytics calculate a virtual tie for Player of the Year between defending Defensive Player of the Year Lucas Williamson of Loyola and Northern Iowa’s Nate Heise - 6.77 and 6.71 Value Add ratings respectively.”

“With Aher Uguak (4th) and Braden Norris (7th) completing a dominate trio for Loyola, it looks like Sister Jean has another chance to celebrate in March Madness. However, Garrett Sturtz (3rd) likely gives Drake the best chance to beat them.”

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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RankMVCTeamValue AddClassHtAdjD
1Lucas WilliamsonLoyola Chicago6.77Sr6'4"-4
2Nate HeiseNorthern Iowa6.71Fr6'4"-2.08
3Garrett SturtzDrake6.31Sr6'3"-1.98
4Aher UguakLoyola Chicago6.21Sr6'7"-3
5Gaige PrimMissouri St.5.94Sr6'9"-2.38
6Terry RobertsBradley5.83Jr6'3"-1.57
7Braden NorrisLoyola Chicago5.41Jr6'0-0.82
8Jawaun NewtonEvansville4.66Sr6'3"-0.7
9Steven VerplanckenSouthern Illinois4.64Jr6'4"0.02
10Malevy LeonsBradley4.47Jr6'9"-1.11
11Marquise KennedyLoyola Chicago4.38Jr6'1"-1.75
12Marcus DomaskSouthern Illinois4.3Jr6'6"-0.85
13Jaylen MinnettMissouri St.4.18Sr6'1"-0.32
14Tucker DeVriesDrake4.17Fr6'7"-1.55
15ShanQuan HemphillDrake4.11Sr6'6"-2.3
DefLance JonesSouthern Illinois2.24Jr6'1"-1.98
DefRienk MastBradley1.25So6'9"-1.88
DefThomas KithierValparaiso4.02Sr6'8"-1.81
DefCameron HenryIndiana St.2.94Jr6'6"-1.72
DefTate HallLoyola Chicago2.7Sr6'6"-1.7

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