Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Top 25 Value Add Basketball Players & Top 15 in Each Conference

The rankings for 4,000+ college Most Valuable Players in college basketball are updated at www.valueaddbasketball.com based on stats as of January 17, 2022. Value Add Basketball ranks players in a method similar to how www.kenpom.com ranks teams. The offensive rating (AdjO) minus the defensive rating (AdjD, negative is good because the player is taking points away from the other team) to calculated the overall "Value" of each player above a replacement player.

This blog links to three options to review the rankings:

1. The 25 most valuable players in the country are listed on the table below.
2. You can also go to www.valueaddbasketball.com to sort all 4000+ players by team, conference, class, etc.
3. The picture above is from this CBS 247 story on the updated rankings.
4. Finally, the links below the table take you to your choice of the 32 college basketball conferences for the notes specific to that conference and their top 15 players in the ratings.

RnkTop 25 All-AmericansTeamValueHtClAdjOAdjDGm/StConf
1Keegan Murray #15Iowa11.086'8"So8.97-2.1216, 16B10
2Justin Bean #34Utah St.10.586'7"Sr8.38-2.2016, 16MWC
3Oscar Tshiebwe #34Kentucky10.516'9"Jr6.86-3.6517, 17SEC
4Trayce Jackson-Davis #23Indiana10.126'9"So7.21-2.9116, 16B10
5Alex Barcello #13BYU10.126'2"Sr8.87-1.2517, 17WCC
6Collin Gillespie #2Villanova9.946'3"Sr8.30-1.6417, 17BE
7Kendric Davis #3SMU9.716'0Sr9.12-0.5917, 17Amer
8Armando Bacot #5North Carolina9.436'10"Jr6.85-2.5816, 16ACC
9Terrell Brown #23Washington9.306'3"Sr7.45-1.8415, 15P12
10Ochai Agbaji #30Kansas9.276'5"Sr8.33-0.9316, 16B12
11Tylor Perry #5North Texas9.225'11"Jr7.92-1.3013, 0CUSA
12Malachi Smith #13Chattanooga9.216'4"So8.62-0.6016, 16SC
13Posh Alexander #0St. John's9.216'0So5.36-3.8514, 13BE
14Orlando Robinson #10Fresno St.9.127'0Jr6.79-2.3415, 15MWC
15EJ Liddell #32Ohio St.8.936'7"Jr6.86-2.0715, 15B10
16Justin Moore #5Villanova8.566'4"Jr6.14-2.4217, 17BE
17Santiago Vescovi #25Tennessee8.526'3"Jr6.00-2.5116, 16SEC
18Jamaree Bouyea #1San Francisco8.436'2"Sr6.46-1.9717, 17WCC
19Christian Braun #2Kansas8.326'6"Jr6.20-2.1216, 16B12
20Iverson Molinar #1Mississippi St.8.296'3"Jr8.00-0.3016, 16SEC
21Tevin Brown #10Murray St.8.256'5"Jr6.33-1.9113, 13OVC
22Trent Frazier #1Illinois8.236'2"Sr4.61-3.6214, 13B10
23Alondes Williams #31Wake Forest8.216'5"Sr6.89-1.3218, 18ACC
24Tari Eason #13LSU8.086'8"So5.16-2.9216, 0SEC
25Hunter Dickinson #1Michigan7.957'1"So6.17-1.7813, 13B10

Below are the links to each conference review and top 15 players, with the Player of the Year listed.

Abbr, Conference, Player of Year so far, Team

AE, America East Conference, Ryan Davis #35, Vermont

Amer, American Athletic Conference, Kendric Davis #3, SMU

ASun, ASUN Conference, Darius McGhee #2, Liberty

A10, Atlantic 10 Conference, Michael Jones #13, Davidson

ACC, Atlantic Coast Conference, Armando Bacot #5, North Carolina

B12, Big 12 Conference, Ochai Agbaji #30, Kansas

BE, Big East Conference, Collin Gillespie #2, Villanova

BSky, Big Sky Conference, Dillon Jones #2, Weber St.

BSth, Big South Conference, Ricky Clemons #1, Campbell

B10, Big Ten Conference, Keegan Murray #15, Iowa

BW, Big West Conference, Collin Welp #40, UC Irvine

CAA, Colonial Athletic Association, Cam Holden #55, Towson

CUSA, Conference USA, Tylor Perry #5, North Texas

Horz, Horizon League, Jamal Cain #1, Oakland

Ivy, Ivy League, Kino Lilly #10, Brown

MAAC, Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, George Papas #5, Monmouth

MAC, Mid American Conference, JT Shumate #32, Toledo

MEAC, Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, Kris Bankston #30, Norfolk St.

MVC, Missouri Valley Conference, Garrett Sturtz #3, Drake

MWC, Mountain West Conference, Justin Bean #34, Utah St.

NEC, Northeast Conference, Alex Morales #2, Wagner

OVC, Ohio Valley Conference, Tevin Brown #10, Murray St.

P12, Pac 12 Conference, Terrell Brown #23, Washington

Pat, Patriot League, Cam Spencer #12, Loyola MD

SEC, Southeastern Conference, Oscar Tshiebwe #34, Kentucky

SC, Southern Conference, Malachi Smith #13, Chattanooga

Slnd, Southland Conference, Isaac Mushila #10, Texas A&M CC

SWAC, Southwestern Athletic Conference, Jayveous McKinnis #11, Jackson St.

Sum, Summit League, Baylor Scheierman #3, South Dakota St.

SB, Sun Belt Conference, Javon Franklin #13, South Alabama

WCC, West Coast Conference, Alex Barcello #13, BYU

WAC, Western Athletic Conference, Jovan Blacksher #10, Grand Canyon

Note: I added the words "Most Valuable Player" above after initially posting this because our rankings measure how valuable a player is to a team while other votes may measure the "Player of the Year." In most cases I'd say the two are similar, but when writing the Big 12 summary below it occurred to me Baylor was a perfect example of when MVP and POY can be different. James Akinjo and Kendall Brown should be considered for Player of the Year in the rugged Big 12, but I don't believe either of the are in the running for Most Valuable Player because Baylor is so deep that if either of them could not play, Baylor still has seven players on the court that can dominate. I don't believe Kansas could contend nationally if Ochai Agbaji or Christian Braun were out - if those two were out and the two Baylor players above were out for the same game, I believe Baylor would beat Kansas handily..Baylor's incredible depth actually means each player is slightly less valuable because the replacement player stepping in for them is so good.

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