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Sunday, April 29, 2012

Table of JUCOs Value Add; with Jamail Jones gone there is an outside possibility of a big JUCO stepping in

Marquette has recently lost some size with Aaron Durley going to TCU and Jamail Jones transferring out. This might leave open an outside chance Marquette would try to go to the JUCO ranks to attempt to get someone like Jameel McKay or even Keith Coleman. However, in general there is not a lot of value in the JUCO ranks. Of the top 100 JUCO transfers last year, only 51 had any Value Add. Certainly Buzz was masterful with JUCOs to quickly fill the void, but now that MU is deep there is not the need for a quick fix. It is certainly possible that JUCO player of the year could be a top 100 player for Mississippi like the last two were, as Jae Crowder had a 5.95% Value Add his first year to be the 69th most valuable player in the country, and then last year Pierre Jackson was actually even better with a 6.06% to come in at 49th in the country. However, only 11 incoming JUCO players were among the top 500 players last year (2.73% Value Add or higher), and only 22 were even in the top 1000 (1.31% or higher). Based on this, we are in the process of adding the JUCO's below to www.valueaddbasketball.com.

JUCONew TeamHeightValue Add
Marshall HendersonMississippi6'26.00
Waverly AustinSouth Florida6'114.83
Deverell BiggsNebraska6'4.29
Orlando SanchezSt. John's6'83.50
Fabyon HarrisTexas A&M5'103.35
Hunter HarrisEast Tennessee State6'63.24
Colin BorchertAvailable6'83.18
Nathan SobeyWyoming6'33.14
Titus RublesCincinnati6'83.09
Geron JohnsonMemphis6'42.93
Marcus TarranceSouth Carolina State6'62.73
Jameel McKayAvailable6'82.17
Richard CarterDrake6'02.02
Christopher JonesPrairie View A&M5'101.82
Kenny WilliamsTexas El Paso6'71.81
Jason CarterMississippi6'81.75
T.J. TaylorMarquette6'31.69
Antoine AllenSouth Alabama6'21.67
Jerrold BrooksAvailable6'1.55
Nicholas WigginsWichita State6'61.50
Kelvin DanielsArkansas State6'21.37
Lester MedfordAvailable5'111.34
Marquel CurtisAvailable6'31.31
Keith ColemanAvailable6'91.25
Matt KorcheckArizona6'91.21
Reggie MurphyTCU6'91.14
Michael CraigTexas Southern6'41.14
Musa Abdul-AleemSouth Florida6'51.11
Fahro AlihodzicAvailable6'91.08
Derrick Barden, Jr.Northern Colorado6'51.02
Asauhn Dixon-TatumAuburn7'01.00
Mike MyersSouthern Miss6'81.00
Brian FreemanArizona State6'80.99
Cleanthony EarlyWichita State6'80.96
Travis WilkinsAvailable6'30.93
Quantel DensonMissouri6'80.93
Darren GoodsonKent State6'40.85
Xavier MunfordAvailable6'20.79
Robert GilchristFlorida State6'90.76
Jeremy McKayAvailable5'110.70
Matt SellersWyoming6'100.66
Richaun HolmesBowling Green6'90.62
Trivante BloodmanAvailable6'00.50
Brandon SpearmanAvailable6'30.50
Rod RuckerAvailable6'50.50
DJ BennettAvailable6'80.50
DeSean AndersonAvailable6'80.50
Vincent GarrettRutgers6'50.50
Daris ScarverSouthern Miss6'40.50
Marco BourgaultSt. John's6'60.50
Andrew YoungTexas A&M6'90.50
Brenden CooperSt. Bonaventure6'70.40
Renan LenzUtah6'90.40
Rafriel GuthrieTowson6'20.34
Frank RogersSan Francisco6'80.30
Derek CookeWyoming6'90.29
Orlando RutledgeTennessee-Martin6'50.23
Emmanuel AndrewsLiberty6'0.21
John OdohNorth Texas6'110.21
Brandon MorrisHouston6'00.20
Kevin HardenIPFW6'20.20
Malte KramerPepperdine6'70.20
Gary Ricks Jr.Drake6'10.19
D'Vonne PickettSeattle5'100.19
Tione WomackHouston6'10.14
Yanick MoreiraAvailable6'110.11
Devon BranchOregon6'50.10
J.T. TerrellUSC6'30.02
Mark McLaughlinWashington6'60.02
However I should add it is far harder to peg how the JUCO's stack up against each other, so their 2013 projections are likely much less accurate than for incoming freshman, transfers and of course returning players. That being said, we already have the 17th best JUCO on the board in TJ Taylor, and the only other two that seem a possibility at all are 6-foot-8 Jameel McKay and Keith Coleman, ranked 12th and 24th in projected Value Add among current JUCOs (see table above). McKay is highly sought after but could choose to come back to Milwaukee. Keith Coleman is pretty unlikely, but I mention him because at 6-foot-9 he was considered the top JUCO initially by some, but Nebraska released him from his commitment after he shot 32% from the line and apparently continually threw the ball away - so he would be a wild gamble even at 24th on the list. The order is based on the recent JUCO All-American selections averaged with the impressions of www.jucorecruiting.com, www.rivals.com and www.Scout.com.

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