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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Top 2016 Teams/Players: Big East (Ranked 5)

Edit Note: I was asked why the ratings in these 32 conference wrap-ups are not the same as in my Breitbart Sports piece on Derrick Gordon and the other top level players available, and the Marquette Hoops story on Marquette moving up to 5th in raw Value Add after Seton Hall lost Sterling Gibbs. In those two stories I used the raw total of the projected Value Add of all returning players. However, in these 32 conference reviews I balanced that with last year's ranking since obviously teams like Wisconsin and Kentucky have players ready to step into roles each year who did not get the minutes to build up Value Add playing behind All-Americans. Also, Chris Mullin's addition of Durand Johnson (2.4 projected Value Add) will push St. John's past Butler and into a projected NCAA bid.

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.  

Kris Dunn and D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera staying gives the conference two potential All-Americans. Sterling Gibbs departure derails a potential big year for Seton Hall, but the rest of the conference is very strong and can go toe-to-toe with the football Power Conferences.

Natl RnkConferenceTeamRecordRawValue Add
5Big EastBE26.45
52St. John's21--1225.6525.55
92Seton Hall16--1521.6820.97
115DePaul12--20 20.4518.12
Natl RnkTop 40 Players (all MU)TeamHtYrValue Add
5Smith-Rivera, D'Vauntes 4Georgetown6'34 Sr9.68
6Dunn, Kris 3Providence6'33 Jr9.6
33Ochefu, Daniel 23Villanova6'114 Sr7.82
35Hart, Josh 3Villanova6'53 Jr7.78
38Dunham, Kellen 24Butler6'64 Sr7.64
62Diallo, CheickSt. John's/maybe6'91 Fr6.93
70Delgado, Angel 31Seton Hall6'92 So6.69
83Chukwu, Paschal 13Providence7'22 So6.5
120Arcidiacono, Ryan 15Villanova6'34 Sr5.91
125Bluiett, Trevon 5Xavier6'62 So5.88
126Booth, Phil 5Villanova6'32 So5.86
128Reynolds, Jalen 1Xavier6'103 Jr5.84
168Williams, DarienSt. John's6'81 Fr5.4
177Zierden, Isaiah 21Creighton6'23 Jr5.29
181Wilson, Duane 1Marquette6'22 So5.27
187Brunson, JalenVillanova6'11 Fr5.22
196Ennis, Dylan 31Villanova6'24 Sr5.14
197Davis, Myles 15Xavier6'23 Jr5.14
209Ellenson, HenryMarquette6'101 Fr5.04
231Jones, Roosevelt 21Butler6'44 Sr4.97
256Rodriguez, Desi 20Seton Hall6'62 So4.79
259Obekpa, Chris 12St. John's6'104 Sr4.78
276Lindsey, Jalen 21Providence6'72 So4.67
300Garrett, Billy 5DePaul6'63 Jr4.48
305Jenkins, Kris 2Villanova6'63 Jr4.47
351Whitehead, Isaiah 15Seton Hall6'42 So4.2
357Copeland, Isaac 11Georgetown6'92 So4.16
384Campbell, Tre 1Georgetown6'22 So4.02
401White, Paul 13Georgetown6'82 So3.98
410Savage, Kethan 11Butler 20176'34 Sr3.95
412Hegner, Toby 32Creighton6'102 So3.94
418Carrington, Khadeen 0Seton Hall6'32 So3.92
479Chrabascz, Andrew 45Butler6'73 Jr3.63
491Fischer, Luke 40Marquette6'113 Jr3.56
549Wideman, Tyler 4Butler6'82 So3.37
572Abell, Remy 10Xavier6'44 Sr3.29
628Hanson, Zach 40Creighton6'93 Jr3.1
642Macura, J.P. 55Xavier6'52 So3.05
654Peak, L.J. 0Georgetown6'52 So3.01
713Henry, Myke 4DePaul6'64 Sr2.9
723Johnson, JaJuan 23Marquette6'53 Jr2.87
869Cohen, Sandy 5Marquette6'62 So2.53
956Cheatham, HaanifMarquette6'51 Fr2.35
1103Carter, TraciMarquette6'01 Fr2.10
1786Anim, SacarMarquette6'41 Fr1.20
2156Heldt, MattMarquette6'101 Fr1.00
4000Ellenson, WallyMarquette6'4"3 Jr0.00

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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