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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Top 2016 Teams/Players: American Athletic (Ranked 7)

We hope Marquette can pick up one of the top available players from our rankings here. Tonight we run through the competition - ranking all the conferences competing with the Big East for bids, and ranking both their teams and top 40 players.

To some degree, the Big East competition as the football teams that left. While three teams still look very bad, South Florida has one of the top JUCOs and we have Houston slated to make one of the biggest jumps in the country. The American Athletic fell way behind the Big East in the second year after the split, but they look to have 6-8 strong teams depending on how those two go.

Natl RnkConferenceTeamRecordRawValue Add
7American AthleticAmer21.98
27Southern Methodist27--732.5830.29
121South Florida9--23 26.9117.25
186Central Florida12--18 19.8013.95
194East Carolina14--1914.8313.25
Natl RnkTop 40 PlayersTeamHtYrValue Add
36Clark, Gary 11Cincinnati6'72 So7.731
71Thomas, TaShawnHouston6'84 Sr6.68
99Caupain, Troy 10Cincinnati6'33 Jr6.228
110Moore, Nic 11Southern Methodist5'94 Sr6.03
136Hamilton, Daniel 5Connecticut6'72 So5.76
139Harrison, Shaquille 3Tulsa6'44 Sr5.73
152Miller, ShonnConnecticut6'73 Jr5.6
154Montero, LuisSouth Florida6'73 Jr5.6
163Ellis, Octavius 2Cincinnati6'104 Sr5.463
182Brown, Sterling 3Southern Methodist6'63 Jr5.27
183Brimah, Amida 35Connecticut7'03 Jr5.25
185Woodard, James 10Tulsa6'34 Sr5.24
193House, DanuelHouston6'73 Jr5.15
241Kennedy, Markus 5Southern Methodist6'94 Sr4.89
255Tyson, B.J. 21East Carolina6'32 So4.79
272Egbunu, JohnSouth Florida6'102 So4.7
310Wilson, DamienMemphis6'63 Jr4.45
333Outlaw, TyroneSouth Florida/Maybe6'63 Jr4.3
359Cobb, Farad 22Cincinnati6'04 Sr4.149
370Bond, Jaylen 15Temple6'84 Sr4.09
372Enechionyia, Obi 0Temple6'82 So4.08
376Burrell, Trahson 0Memphis6'64 Sr4.07
395Efianayi, TanksleyCentral Florida6'63 Jr4
421Lawson, DedricMemphis6'81 Fr3.91
422Gray, RobHouston6'23 Jr3.9
424Crawford, Markel 1Memphis6'42 So3.9
428Ray, Rashad 5Tulsa5'104 Sr3.89
457Brown, Josh 1Temple6'33 Jr3.76
462Taylor, B.J. 1Central Florida6'22 So3.72
469Goodwin, Shaq 2Memphis6'94 Sr3.68
548Moore, Ben 0Southern Methodist6'83 Jr3.38
558Woodson, Avery 20Memphis6'23 Jr3.33
600Dupree, XavierHouston6'93 Jr3.2
640Henriquez, Adonys 10Central Florida6'62 So3.05
651Barnes, LeRon 4Houston6'64 Sr3.02
689Whisnant, Terry 0East Carolina6'34 Sr2.95
719Lawrence, JermaineCincinnati6'92 So2.889
721Woodson, DominicMemphis6'102 So2.88
754DeCosey, Quenton 25Temple6'54 Sr2.8
856Lawson, KeelonMemphis6'61 Fr2.56

These are the top 40 players in the conference based on the rankings at www.valueaddbasketball.com. The team rankings are 50% based on the sum of each team’s Value Add ratings and 50% based on last year (since better teams typically replenish after losing stars). With over 4000 players projected in the database, we WELCOME all corrections in the comments field.

Value Add was first introduced on www.crackedsidewalks.com, and calculates how many points better each player is worth to his team over how good they would be if he was replaced. The projections measure the standard improvement in a player between his freshman, sophomore, junior and senior seasons, and the evaluation of incoming freshman and JUCO players.

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