Top 25 Players Announced: Porter, McDermott and Russ Smith Surge

The day after the Top 25 teams were released, Tuesday's release of the Top 25 Value Add players indicates the three hottest players have their teams on top of the Big East and Missouri Valley Conferences. Noone is going to catch Trey Burke as the best player this year, as he has added 11.6% to Michigan's scoring and defense, but Doug McDermott hit 21 of 23 two-pointers last week to put Creighton atop the Missouri Valley and Otto Porter and Russ Smith have surged to push Georgetown and Louisville past the rest of the Big East.

Value Add’s preseason No. 2 player Doug McDermott was outside the Top 25 because he had not shot quite as well as last year, but he hit an amazing 21 of 23 two-pointers, six of 12 three-pointers, and all 13 Foul Shots in two big wins last week to shoot to No. 14. More important, that included the win over Wichita State in a battle for first place in the Missouri Valley.

During Georgetown’s 11-game winning streak that has propelled them to first place in the Big East, Otto Porter has scored 217 points and has led a great defense that has allowed on 620 points. By himself he is scoring 35% of the points Georgetown needs to win every game. Porter started snow with an injury, but in the past several weeks has surged from outside the Top 25 to now be the 2nd best player in the country behind only Burke.

The Hoyas have only a half-game lead in the Big East though because of Louisville’s Russ Smith. He led the Cardinals to a blowout of Cincinnati, 67-51 Monday to make it seven straight wins.  Smith is ranked No. 1 at www.kenpom.com, and has been one of the top few players in the country at both stealing the ball and drawing fouls on his unstoppable drives to the hoop. He has hit 40 of 46 free throws during the winning streak. Here are the Top 25 players, followed by an alphabetical list of others who just missed the list.

Rnk Player Team Ht Yr Value Add NBA?
1 Trey Burke Michigan 6' 0 So 11.57974954 PG
2 Otto Porter Georgetown 6' 8" So 10.28107839 SF
3 Victor Oladipo Indiana 6' 5" Jr 10.06678822 SG/SF
4 Erick Green Virginia Tech 6' 3" Sr 9.986353803 PG
5 Shabazz Napier Connecticut 6' 1" Jr 9.465025062 PG
6 Cody Zeller Indiana 7' 0 So 9.405976549 PF/C
7 Kentavious Caldwell-Pope Georgia 6' 5" So 9.061956701 SG
8 Nate Wolters South Dakota St. 6' 4" Sr 8.889494981 PG
9 Bryce Cotton Providence 6' 1" Jr 8.884267792  
10 Mike Muscala Bucknell 6' 11" Sr 8.690777996  
11 Mason Plumlee Duke 6' 10" Sr 8.582935954 PF
12 Russ Smith Louisville 6' 0 Jr 8.522748605  
13 Ray McCallum Detroit 6' 3" Jr 7.967292253 PG
14 Doug McDermott Creighton 6' 8" Jr 7.951906903 PF
15 Michael Carter-Williams Syracuse 6' 6" So 7.928256117 PG/SG
16 Ben McLemore Kansas 6' 5" Fr 7.846993784  
17 Jeff Withey Kansas 7' 0 Sr 7.63832728  
18 Kelly Olynyk Gonzaga 7' 0 Jr 7.618624545  
19 Marcus Smart Oklahoma St. 6' 4" Fr 7.498501783  
20 Taylor Smith Stephen F. Austin 6' 6" Sr 7.467102544  
21 Trevor Releford Alabama 6' 0 Jr 7.389941237 PG
22 Zeke Marshall Akron 7' 0 Sr 7.3785265 C
23 Shane Larkin Miami FL 5' 11" So 7.263374339  
24 Spencer Dinwiddie Colorado 6' 5" So 7.244264127  
25 Jack Cooley Notre Dame 6' 9" Sr 7.205615767 PF

Others: Below is an alphabetical list of the other players who have a Value Add of more than 6.5%, meaning they have impacted scores that much through a combination of adding points to their teams scores or preventing opponents from scoring.  Most of the 4000 players in the country can be accessed through the database at  www.valueaddbasketball.com, though the current Values appear here at Breitbart Sports up to 48 hours before the database is updated:

Jared Berggren, Wisconsin; Kenny Boynton, Florida; Ben Brust, Wisconsin; Reggie Bullock, North Carolina; Quinn Cook, Duke; Allen Crabbe, California; Matthew Dellavedova, St. Mary's; Davante Gardner, Marquette; Elias Harris, Gonzaga; Joe Harris, Virginia; Richard Howell, North Carolina St.; Jordan Hulls, Indiana; Cory Jefferson, Baylor; Arsalan Kazemi, Oregon; Sean Kilpatrick, Cincinnati; Derrick Marks, Boise St.; Akil Mitchell, Virginia; Erik Murphy, Florida; Nerlens Noel, Kentucky; Jake Odum, Indiana St.; Romero Osby, Oklahoma; Lamar Patterson, Pittsburgh; Juvonte Reddic, Virginia Commonwealth; Andre Roberson, Colorado; Deshaun Thomas, Ohio St.; Tray Woodall, Pittsburgh.


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