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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Top 2016 Teams/Players: Mid-Eastern Athletic (Ranked 31)

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. 

It does not look like Norfolk State has the talent to pull a tournament upset like they did against Missouri a couple of years ago, but with the top three players in the league they should have enough to hold off other teams in a very balanced conference.

Natl RnkConferenceTeamRecordRawValue Add
31Mid-Eastern AthleticMEAC8.05
161Norfolk St.20--1416.4715.30
185North Carolina Central25--87.3214.01
200Maryland Eastern Shore18--1511.2112.66
298Savannah St.9--22 11.207.32
313Delaware St.18--183.006.44
316South Carolina St.11--22 8.766.24
317North Carolina A&T9--23 9.046.22
336Bethune Cookman11--21 4.264.06
340Morgan St.7--24 3.723.65
347Coppin St.8--23 0.142.53
350Florida A&M2--27 0.410.73
Natl RnkTop 40 PlayersTeamHtYrValue Add
314Gaston, RaShid 35Norfolk St.6'94 Sr4.43
322Short, Jeff 10Norfolk St.6'44 Sr4.34
672Taylor, D'Shon 4Norfolk St.6'54 Sr2.99
680Pinkett, Khaleen 2Savannah St.6'22 So2.97
714Daniel, James 11Howard5'103 Jr2.9
722Powers, Deron 11Hampton5'114 Sr2.87
773Williams, Austin 20North Carolina A&T6'12 So2.73
784Collins, Damon 15Howard6'53 Jr2.7
816Andino, Ryan 0Maryland Eastern Shore6'22 So2.63
877Francis, Treyvon 11Savannah St.6'22 So2.5
914Holmes, Dante 0North Carolina Central6'34 Sr2.42
952Fenner, Alante 1Savannah St.6'53 Jr2.36
987Soloman, Tyvoris 23South Carolina St.6'02 So2.28
989Martin, Devin 4Maryland Eastern Shore6'44 Sr2.27
1003Brown, Ke'Ron 21Hampton6'34 Sr2.24
1019Miller, James 33Howard6'43 Jr2.21
1033Blackmon, Mark 3Maryland Eastern Shore5'93 Jr2.2
1113Meikle, Dwight 23Hampton6'74 Sr2.08
1185Baxter, HakeemMaryland Eastern Shore6'22 So1.99
1186Beckford, Bruce 32North Carolina A&T6'74 Sr1.99
1274Hampton, Andrew 23Morgan St.6'43 Jr1.85
1344Robinson, Zaynah 2Norfolk St.5'112 So1.76
1361Carroll, Keith 1Hampton5'112 So1.74
1467Blossom, Cedric 34Morgan St.6'64 Sr1.59
1496Palmer, Darryl 30South Carolina St.6'84 Sr1.57
1504Reese, Nick 4North Carolina A&T6'72 So1.56
1520Butler, Jordan 45Norfolk St.6'62 So1.54
1602Darden, Brian 14Hampton6'24 Sr1.44
1603Johnson, Reginald 34Hampton6'24 Sr1.44
1626Gray, Malik 23Norfolk St.6'62 So1.41
1631Norman, Jamal 0Savannah St.6'52 So1.41
1640Crawford, Kevin 4North Carolina Central6'13 Jr1.39
1655Tillinghast, Quincy 0Delaware St.6'02 So1.37
1656Waller, Kavon 10Delaware St.6'52 So1.37
1664Johnson, Ricky 22Bethune Cookman5'94 Sr1.36
1680Pressley, Jervon 30Hampton6'84 Sr1.33
1722Boyd, Marcel 22Howard6'113 Jr1.28
1757Kynard, Tony 3Bethune Cookman6'13 Jr1.24
1787Trim, Travis 10Maryland Eastern Shore6'14 Sr1.2
1811Key, Breon 2Hampton6'24 Sr1.18

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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