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Thursday, February 13, 2020

Value Add and KenPom Agree on 3 of 5 All-Big East, and Markus as MVP

Markus Howard moved to MVP of the Big East in Value Add Rankings, worth an extra 9.72
points per game for the 7th best value in the country, while Myles Powell is 13th to also
qualify as an All-American. Ty-Shon Alexander of Creighton just misses All-American
at 18th Nationally, while the Value Add All-Big East team is rounded out by Sean McDermott
of Butler and Paul Reed of DePaul to give the Big East five of the 30 most valuable players
in the country, and Mitch Ballock of Creighton just misses as the 34th best player in the

While our rankings do not include last night's games, www.kenpom.com ratings are through
last night and he ranks Markus as the 2nd best player in the country, and agrees that
Myles Powell is the 2nd best in the conference and that Paul Reed is in the top 5.
However, he rates Kamar Baldwin of Butler and Tyrique Jones of Xavier in his All-Big East
calculations rather than Value Add's calculation of Alexander and McDermott.

Click for the updated Value Add Basketball Rankings. Due to a programming issue, the
www.valueaddbasketball.com website includes past years from 2002 to 2019, but this
season is only on the google sheet. Here are the All-Americans and All-Conference
players followed by an explanation:

Nat'l RnkPlayerTeamValue AddConfHtClass
1Malachi Flynn #22San Diego St.11.36MWC6-foot-1Jr
2Onyeka Okongwu #21USC10.45P126-foot-9Fr
3Devon Dotson #1Kansas10.35B126-foot-2So
4Fatts Russell #1Rhode Island10.1A105-foot-10Jr
5Jordan Roland #12Northeastern9.91CAA6-foot-1Sr
6Payton Pritchard #3Oregon9.84P126-foot-2Sr
7Markus Howard #0Marquette9.72BE5-foot-11Sr
8Loren Cristian Jackson #1Akron9.71MAC5-foot-8Jr
9Jordan Ford #3Saint Mary's9.63WCC6-foot-1Sr
10Daniel Oturu #25Minnesota9.49B106-foot-10So
11Luka Garza #55Iowa9.46B106-foot-11Jr
12Tyrese Haliburton #22Iowa St.9.45B126-foot-5So
13Myles Powell #13Seton Hall9.35BE6-foot-2Sr
14MaCio Teague #31Baylor9.23B126-foot-3Jr
15Devin Vassell #24Florida St.9.21ACC6-foot-7So

Other All-Big East

18Ty-Shon Alexander #5Creighton9.06BE6-foot-4Jr
25Sean McDermott #22Butler8.77BE6-foot-6Sr
30Paul Reed #4DePaul8.33BE6-foot-9Jr
34Mitch Ballock #24Creighton8.19BE6-foot-5Jr
51David Duke #3Providence7.65BE6-foot-5So
59Quincy McKnight #0Seton Hall7.56BE6-foot-4Sr
60Saddiq Bey #41Villanova7.54BE6-foot-8So
65Collin Gillespie #2Villanova7.4BE6-foot-3Jr
67Tyrique Jones #4Xavier7.32BE6-foot-9Sr
129Omer Yurtseven #44Georgetown6.11BE7-foot-0Sr
132Marcus Zegarowski #11Creighton6.04BE6-foot-2So
142Kamar Baldwin #3Butler5.89BE6-foot-1Sr
166Bryce Nze #10Butler5.66BE6-foot-7Jr

In the Notes field find the position of each player (PG, SG, SF, PF or C) which is based
on the position most played according to www.kenpom.com, or if they had not played
in the past five games to appear on his list, their position is based on height. Since we
added the positions since the mid-January ratings, we calculated the position-by-position
adjustment based on the average Value Add rating of the top 100 players at each position.
Therefore Point Guards (PG) Value Add calculations were then multiplied by 1.02, Shooting
Guards (SG) 1.25, Small Forward (SF) 1.07, Power Forwards (PF) 0.97 and Centers (C) 0.83.

This is similar to adjustments most years, however, the past few years the “freedom of movement”
rules seemed to level the ratings by position and there was no need for adjustment the last few

In the notes, we also list if each player is a 1st, 2nd, or 3rd team All-Conference player with
the MVP of each conference noted. Also in the Notes Field, we list the team’s record and how
many games the player had started when we ran the rankings so you can figure out if a recent
game was included. 

The overall Value Add indicates how many points per game the player would include an
average team if he joined, while the AdjO indicates how many points he would improve their
scoring and the AdjD indicating how many points he would take away from opponents if he
joined an average team (minus is good, taking points away, while a positive number is bad
indicating he would allow additional points).

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