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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Top 2016 Teams/Players: Atlantic 10 (Ranked 8)

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. 

Despite Shaka Smart finally being lured out of VCU to take over at Texas, the top half of the A-10 looks ready to battle with the American Athletic and Big East. Davidson had no problem moving up and the top six teams project as NCAA teams, including a Rhode Island team led by Hassan Martin who we believe is ready for a breakout national season.

Natl RnkPlayerTeamHtYrTotal Value
Natl RnkConferenceTeamRecordRawValue Add
8Atlantic 10A1021.54
21Virginia Commonwealth26--1037.0232.02
41Rhode Island23--1030.4427.63
51George Washington22--1328.3525.74
65La Salle17--1626.0923.27
109St. Joseph's13--1821.0818.52
114St. Bonaventure18--1316.1418.13
150Duquesne12--19 18.3215.74
152Fordham10--21 18.5615.70
191George Mason9--22 14.3313.36
234St. Louis11--21 14.4310.92
Natl RnkTop 40 PlayersTeamHtYrValue Add
16Martin, Hassan 12Rhode Island6'73 Jr8.65
44Bembry, DeAndre 43St. Joseph's6'63 Jr7.52
47Gibbs, Jack 12Davidson5'113 Jr7.41
68Garino, Patricio 13George Washington6'63 Jr6.69
86Allen, Terry 15Richmond6'84 Sr6.43
101Jones, ShawnDre' 3Richmond5'102 So6.19
141Barham, Jordan 5Davidson6'44 Sr5.72
150Aldridge, Peyton 23Davidson6'72 So5.65
157Alie-Cox, Mo 12Virginia Commonwealth6'63 Jr5.55
172Pierre, Dyshawn 21Dayton6'64 Sr5.36
178McDonald, Joe 22George Washington6'14 Sr5.29
191Cline, T.J. 10Richmond6'83 Jr5.16
200Mason, Micah 22Duquesne6'24 Sr5.11
222Wright, Dion 21St. Bonaventure6'74 Sr5
229Davis, Kyle 3Dayton6'03 Jr4.98
240Terrell, Jared 32Rhode Island6'32 So4.89
250Adams, Jaylen 10St. Bonaventure5'112 So4.81
266Thomas, Mandell 1Fordham6'24 Sr4.73
273Smith, Scoochie 11Dayton6'23 Jr4.69
295Zack, Steve 0La Salle6'114 Sr4.51
311Johnson, Melvin 32Virginia Commonwealth6'34 Sr4.45
334Watanabe, Yuta 12George Washington6'82 So4.26
342Sullivan, Brian 3Davidson5'114 Sr4.22
371Clark, Donte 0Massachusetts6'42 So4.08
426Larsen, Kevin 21George Washington6'104 Sr3.89
427Wright, Jerrell 25La Salle6'84 Sr3.89
430Matthews, E.C. 0Rhode Island6'53 Jr3.87
436Thompson, Shevon 14George Mason6'114 Sr3.84
437Garrett, Jarvis 1Rhode Island6'02 So3.84
456Sengfelder, Christian 43Fordham6'72 So3.76
506Price, Jordan 21La Salle6'53 Jr3.52
517Davis, Trey 5Richmond6'54 Sr3.5
577Brooks, Doug 5Virginia Commonwealth6'33 Jr3.26
591Nelson-Ododa, Alonzo 33Richmond6'94 Sr3.22
596Pollard, Kendall 25Dayton6'63 Jr3.21
637Roby, Davell 5St. Louis6'42 So3.07
655Stukes, Amar 2La Salle6'22 So3.01
665Colter, Derrick 1Duquesne5'114 Sr3
691Roberts, Cleon 3La Salle6'53 Jr2.95
692Davis, Trey 12Massachusetts6'04 Sr2.95

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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