In less than an hour Fox and ESPN tip off the top two match-ups between players ranked in the top 1% of all players at www.valueaddbasketball.com (click to find any of 4,286 players or click here to read this email in your browser).
(Note, we just came across another site ranking players and looks good - but no way in the world 3 of the top 4 players in the country all play for Gonzaga.)
1.Fox. Best player match-up of the day is UConn's RJ Cole (in top 1% as 41st Most Valuable Player to date) faces the top ranked duo in the country in Villanova's Collin Gillespie (5th MVP) and Justin Moore at (24th).
2. ESPN. Indiana's Trayce Jackson-Davis (6th MVP) at Illinois' Trent Frazier (43rd MVP) and Kofi Cockburn (whose 8.43 in his 16 games played would rank 18th, but due to 3 missed games is 52nd).
Auburn and Kansas are the only two teams besides Villanova with two players ranked in the top 1% most valuable players in the country.
Arkansas State's Norchad Omier was the hottest player this week in the www.valueaddbasketball.com rankings, with a 29 point, 26 rebound performance to surge 23 spots from the 60th most valuable player in the country to the top 1% of all players at 37th. Because there are 4,300 players ranked at www.valueaddbasketball.com, the 43 most valuable players represent the top 1% of all players.
The Sun Belt's Omier is the exception, along with only a half dozen other players from smaller conferences such as 8th ranked Malachi Smith of the Southern Conference's Chattanooga, while the rest of the top 1% comes from a big conference.
Top 5 - 1st Team All-American based purely on Value to Team
Washington's Terrell Brown surged from No. 11 to No. 4 in our rankings after blitzing Utah for 30 points and then Cal for 8 assists. In addition to the top 1% match-ups noted above, the Value Add Most Valuable Player of the year, Kentucky's Oscar Tshiebwe, travels to Alabama to face 38th ranked Keon Ellis at 3 p.m. Central today. Gillespie dropped two spots from 3rd to 5th in the loss at Marquette.
|1||1||0||Oscar Tshiebwe #34||Kentucky||6'9"||11.06|
|2||2||0||Keegan Murray #15||Iowa||6'8"||10.2|
|3||5||2||Justin Bean #34||Utah St.||6'7"||9.85|
|4||11||7||Terrell Brown #23||Washington||6'3"||9.69|
|5||3||-2||Collin Gillespie #2||Villanova||6'3"||9.37|
Rest of the Top 10 - 2nd Team All-American based purely on Value
Chattanooga's Malachi Smith dropped from 4th to 8th after being held to 8 points in an upset by Samford.
|6||6||0||Trayce Jackson-Davis #23||Indiana||6'9"||9.36|
|7||10||3||Orlando Robinson #10||Fresno St.||7'0||9.26|
|8||4||-4||Malachi Smith #13||Chattanooga||6'4"||9.19|
|9||7||-2||EJ Liddell #32||Ohio St.||6'7"||9.1|
|10||8||-2||Kendric Davis #3||SMU||6'0||9.06|
Rest of the top 1% (top 43 of 4,300 players)
Four players from 11th to 43rd surged at least six spots this week, including Omier mentioned above after his 26 rebound performance.
The next biggest improvement was Minnesota's Payton Willis after his 21 spot improvement to 22nd place after a 24 point, 10 rebound performance against Purdue.
The third biggest improvement was Kansas State's Nijel Pack's 11 spots jump to 28th after his 22-point MVP performance to defeat Oklahoma State.
Two other players jumped six spots into the top 20. Wyoming's Hunter Maldonado scored 35 points in a big win against Colorado State to surge to 15th and 3rd team All-American. St. John's Posh Alexander surged to 17th place after a 29 point, 12 rebound game against Big East leading Providence.
|11||12||1||Alex Barcello #13||BYU||6'2"||8.92|
|12||13||1||Santiago Vescovi #25||Tennessee||6'3"||8.72|
|13||15||2||Iverson Molinar #1||Mississippi St.||6'3"||8.72|
|14||9||-5||Ochai Agbaji #30||Kansas||6'5"||8.71|
|15||21||6||Hunter Maldonado #24||Wyoming||6'7"||8.66|
|16||14||-2||Jamaree Bouyea #1||San Francisco||6'2"||8.61|
|17||23||6||Posh Alexander #0||St. John's||6'0||8.55|
|18||17||-1||Armando Bacot #5||North Carolina||6'10"||8.35|
|19||22||3||Walker Kessler #13||Auburn||7'1"||8.33|
|20||18||-2||Tari Eason #13||LSU||6'8"||8.27|
|21||28||7||Chet Holmgren #34||Gonzaga||7'0||8.22|
|22||43||21||Payton Willis #0||Minnesota||6'4"||8.18|
|23||16||-7||Alondes Williams #31||Wake Forest||6'5"||8.12|
|24||19||-5||Justin Moore #5||Villanova||6'4"||8.11|
|25||26||1||Hunter Dickinson #1||Michigan||7'1"||8.03|
|26||29||3||Garrett Sturtz #3||Drake||6'3"||8.02|
|27||25||-2||Johnny Davis #1||Wisconsin||6'5"||7.9|
|28||39||11||Nijel Pack #24||Kansas St.||6'0||7.9|
|29||27||-2||Izaiah Brockington #1||Iowa St.||6'4"||7.82|
|30||24||-6||Jaden Ivey #23||Purdue||6'4"||7.79|
|31||30||-1||David Roddy #21||Colorado St.||6'6"||7.78|
|32||36||4||Will Richardson #0||Oregon||6'5"||7.71|
|33||42||9||Tevin Brown #10||Murray St.||6'5"||7.66|
|34||32||-2||Christian Braun #2||Kansas||6'6"||7.66|
|35||34||-1||Jabari Smith #10||Auburn||6'10"||7.62|
|36||20||-16||Brad Davison #34||Wisconsin||6'4"||7.6|
|37||60||23||Norchad Omier #15||Arkansas St.||6'7"||7.51|
|38||33||-5||Keon Ellis #14||Alabama||6'6"||7.49|
|39||41||2||Tylor Perry #5||North Texas||5'11"||7.46|
|40||35||-5||Matt Bradley #3||San Diego St.||6'4"||7.44|
|41||38||-3||RJ Cole #2||Connecticut||6'1"||7.41|
|42||51||9||Baylor Scheierman #3||South Dakota St.||6'6"||7.27|
|43||45||2||Trent Frazier #1||Illinois||6'2"||7.24|
Players who dropped out of the top 1%
It is so competitive to be in the top 1% that just a bad game or two can drop a player. Three fell this week. Creighton big man Ryan Kalkbrenner only average 5 points in two Big East games. Ohio's Mark Sears had two decent games this week, but because they were against teams not even in the top 200 teams in the country his rating dropped due to the strength of schedule factor.
VCU's Vince Williams dropped simply because he missed the Dayton game with a calf injury, giving him a Value Add ranking of 0.00 for the game to pull him down to a 7.02 average.
Notable near misses include Cockburn, as players get a 0.00 Value Add Ranking for games misses, so he misses only due to 5 of 21 games - but still surged from 69th to 53rd with an incredible 16 of 19 day shooting for 37 points against Wisconsin.
Also for the second straight week Purdue's Zach Edey is stuck one spot outside of the top 1% of players at 44th, while Toledo's Ryan Rollins nudged up two more spots to fall just short as the 45th Most Valuable Player to date. - John Pudner 404.606.3163
|54||37||-17||Ryan Kalkbrenner #11||Creighton||7'1"||7.06|
|55||31||-24||Vince Williams #10||VCU||6'6"||7.02|
|59||40||-19||Mark Sears #1||Ohio||6'1"||6.92|