Saturday, December 25, 2021

Sun Belt Conference Top 15 Men’s Basketball Players To Date

 For Immediate Release

John Pudner, 404.606.3163,

Sun Belt Conference Top 15 Men’s Basketball Players To Date

“Value Add Basketball is happy to provide the early list of the conferences 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.”

“Georgia State seems poised to spend a 6th straight year at or near the top of the Sun Belt, with two of the top five players so far this season in Nelson Phillips and Kane Williams. However, so far two seniors from other teams have a bit of a lead for Player of the Year consideration. Coastal Carolina’s Rudi Williams is by far the top player in the league and in the top 2% of all players in the nation, while his closest competition is South Alabama’s Javon Franklin.”

“Franklin had double-doubles against both Wichita State (18, 12) and in the near upset at Alabama (11, 11), and the Auburn transfer is listed in the top 1% in field goal shooting (67% of all field goals made). He is also in the national leaders in blocked shots, steals, offensive rebounds and defensive rebounds, and in combo with LSU transfer Charles Manning (23 points in near upset of Alabama), this USA team will not be scared to go up against big teams.”

In addition the to top 15 players, we list five other outstanding defenders in the conference.

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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RankSBTeamValue AddClassHtAdjD
1Rudi WilliamsCoastal Carolina6.71Sr6'2"-0.15
2Javon FranklinSouth Alabama5.59Sr6'7"-1.81
3Nelson PhillipsGeorgia St.4.94Jr6'4"-1.25
4Adrian DelphAppalachian St.4.87Sr6'3"-1.03
5Kane WilliamsGeorgia St.4.76Sr6'4"-1.8
6Norchad OmierArkansas St.4.24Fr6'7"-3.28
7Kamari BrownGeorgia Southern4.21Sr6'3"-1.12
8Kentrell GarnettLouisiana4.18Fr6'1"0.37
9Donovan GregoryAppalachian St.3.93Jr6'5"-1.35
10Essam MostafaCoastal Carolina3.87So6'9"-1.54
11Charles ManningSouth Alabama3.55Sr6'4"-0.64
12Caleb AsberryTexas St.3.48Sr6'3"-1.13
13Thomas HowellLouisiana Monroe3.33Fr6'8"0.07
14Marko LukicLittle Rock3.3Jr6'7"0.1
15Jordan BrownLouisiana3.09So6'11"-2.31
DefJalen ThomasGeorgia St.1.4Jr6'10"-2.28
DefIsiah SmallTexas St.2.47Sr6'8"-1.93
DefTheo AkwubaLouisiana2.15Jr6'11"-1.9
DefKaodirichi Akobundu-EhioguUT Arlington2.86So6'9"-1.83
DefGarrick GreenCoastal Carolina1.49Sr6'6"-1.71

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