Saturday, December 25, 2021

Western Athletic Conference Top 15 Men’s Basketball Players To Date

 For Immediate Release

John Pudner, 404.606.3163,

Western Athletic 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.”

“The WAC fields one of the most balanced and competitive conferences and list of potential all-conference players, but right now we give recent newcomer Tarleton St. the player of the year in point guard Montre Gipson.Utah Valley’s Fardaws Aimaq is slightly behind him in the No. 2 spot, and once again has the top defensive rating in the conference after winning Defensive Player of the Year last year. In addition to the top 15 overall players, we listed five other great defenders who could give him a run or at least fill out a WAC All-Defensive squad, and Coryon Mason of Abilene Christian made the Southland’s All-Defensive squad before transferring.”


“Our best guess in this balanced conference is a title game between New Mexico State and our No. 3 ranked player Jabari Rice, and Grand Canyon and our No. 4 player Jovan Blacksher.”

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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RankWACTeamValue AddClassHtAdjDNBA
1Montre GipsonTarleton St.6.08Sr5'11"-0.741%
2Fardaws AimaqUtah Valley5.89So6'11"-3.511%
3Jabari RiceNew Mexico St.5.68Jr6'4"-1.131%
4Jovan BlacksherGrand Canyon5.53Jr5'11"-1.391%
5Tahj SmallTarleton St.5.44Sr6'5"-1.321%
6Mahki MorrisAbilene Christian4.88Sr6'3"-0.931%
7Daniel AkinCal Baptist4.83Sr6'9"-1.371%
8Immanuel AllenAbilene Christian4.72Jr6'4"-0.931%
9David KachelriesStephen F. Austin4.41Sr6'1"0.11%
10Coryon MasonAbilene Christian4.39Sr6'0-1.71%
11Cameron GoodenDixie St.4.36Jr5'11"0.21%
12Sadaidriene HallStephen F. Austin4.36Fr6'5"-1.411%
13Cameron TysonSeattle4.2So6'2"-0.331%
14Holland WoodsGrand Canyon3.65Sr6'1"-0.451%
15Javion MaySam Houston St.3.6Jr6'2"-0.921%
DefShamir BoguesTarleton St.2.62So6'4"-2.941%
DefFreddy HicksTarleton St.1.21So6'6"-2.081%
DefDarrion TrammellSeattle2.57So5'10"-21%
DefCalvin SolomonStephen F. Austin1.28Jr6'7"-1.971%
DefWill McNairNew Mexico St.3.6So6'10"-1.91%

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