Merry Christmas to all. I had a great gift Christmas Eve when I opened ESPN the Mag to see myself quoted and a graphic produced to show Value Add. However, as I write in an upcoming piece on Breitbart Sports, the best basketball gift this year came to Marquette. My amazement over just how good Luke Fischer has been led me to bounce all of Jeff Goodman's transfer list against the www.valueaddbasketball.com database to see how many other midseason transfers have had the big initial impact on their teams.
"The metric, developed by stats pro John Pudner, assesses how many wins a player contributes to his team over that of a theoretical replacement player, similar to baseball's WAR. If Wright keeps it up, "he'd be one of the greatest college players ever," John Pudner, ESPN the Magazine, December 22, 2014 - page 26
The answer is only one comes close - Jesse Morgan has been almost as good in his two games for Temple including their destruction of Kansas - and there are only five total that project to add more than a point to their team's average score. Luke projects to be the 59th best player in the country at this pace, and more importantly make Marquette the 50th best team which would give us a shot. The top 5 midseason transfers are below (Luke projects to be worth 7.06 points on our average score).
|Midseason Transfer||Team||Ht||Database||Projections||Proj Rnk|
|40 Fischer, Luke||Marquette||6' 11"||1.92||7.06||59|
|3 Morgan, Jesse||Temple||6'5"||1.00||6.00||111|
|11 Goodman, Savon||Arizona St.||6' 6"||1.27||5.08||184|
|0 Russell, DeWayne||Grand Canyon||5' 11"||1.21||3.62||388|
|10 Worsham, Raeford||Jackson St.||6' 4"||1.04||2.70||628|