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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Top 2016 Teams/Players: Big Ten (Ranked 4)

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 is tough to pick a winner with 10 teams in top 40, but with Diamond Stone teaming up with Melo Trimble in Maryland they have as good a chance as anyone a year after upsetting Wisconsin. Yogi Ferrell staying gives Indiana a chance to go deep a year after a very disappointing first round loss from a team with a lot of talent.

Natl RnkConferenceTeamRecordRawValue Add
4Big TenB1027.08
17Michigan St.27--1236.1132.61
22Ohio St.24--1134.8331.55
86Penn St.18--1621.3121.67
173Rutgers10--22 17.0314.88
Natl RnkTop 40 PlayersTeamHtYrValue Add
4Trimble, Melo 2Maryland6'32 So10.02
11Hayes, Nigel 10Wisconsin6'83 Jr8.93
29Uthoff, Jarrod 20Iowa6'94 Sr7.93
37Ferrell, Yogi 11Indiana6'04 Sr7.65
41Tate, Jae'Sean 1Ohio St.6'42 So7.56
46Valentine, Denzel 45Michigan St.6'54 Sr7.47
58Stone, DiamondMaryland6'101 Fr7.18
65Bates-Diop, Keita 33Ohio St.6'72 So6.73
78Mason, Nate 2Minnesota6'12 So6.53
84Koenig, Bronson 24Wisconsin6'43 Jr6.49
105Williams, Troy 5Indiana6'73 Jr6.137
118Layman, Jake 10Maryland6'94 Sr5.92
142Hill, Malcolm 21Illinois6'63 Jr5.72
147Edwards, Vince 12Purdue6'72 So5.71
153LeVert, Caris 23Michigan6'74 Sr5.6
167Thorne, Mike 12Illinois6'114 Sr5.4
173Loving, Marc 2Ohio St.6'73 Jr5.36
175Garner, Shep 33Penn St.6'12 So5.35
190Williams, Kam 15Ohio St.6'22 So5.17
203Swanigan, CalebMichigan St.6'81 Fr5.1
226Hammons, A.J. 20Purdue7'04 Sr4.99
249Blackmon, James 1Indiana6'42 So4.81
258Olah, Alex 22Northwestern7'04 Sr4.78
268Cleare, ShaquilleMaryland6'93 Jr4.71
280Showalter, Zak 3Wisconsin6'23 Jr4.62
286Brantley, JaylenMaryland5'111 Fr4.6
288Nunn, Kendrick 25Illinois6'33 Jr4.59
289Hollowell, JeremyIndiana6'83 Jr4.541
316Freeman, DeshawnRutgers6'73 Jr4.4
318Costello, Matt 10Michigan St.6'94 Sr4.38
328Albrecht, Spike 2Michigan5'114 Sr4.32
329Davis, Rapheal 35Purdue6'54 Sr4.31
331Dawkins, Aubrey 24Michigan6'62 So4.3
335Shields, Shavon 31Nebraska6'74 Sr4.26
340Doyle, Ricky 32Michigan6'92 So4.24
349Irvin, Zak 21Michigan6'63 Jr4.21
382Davis, DeyontaMichigan St.6'91 Fr4.03
492Law, Vic 4Northwestern6'72 So3.56
508Morris, Carlos 11Minnesota6'54 Sr3.52
533Mathias, Dakota 31Purdue6'42 So3.43
537Forbes, Bryn 5Michigan St.6'34 Sr3.41

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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