Shabazz Napier: 2 NCAA Titles, Final Four MVP, Player of the Year

Shabazz Napier did it all. Monday he overcame spectacular plays by Julius Randle and James Young, two players who will go ahead of him in the NBA Draft, to claim his second national title. His performance was so dominant--against such good teams in the Final Four--that he also moved up one spot to finish as the top Value Add player of 2014.

The best player of the final game of the college season turns out to have been the best player over the entire season. 

The final top 100 players this year, and the top players from 2003 until this season are listed below. Value Add not only measures each player stat to determine how many points he is truly worth to his team, but it also measures each performance against the level of defense he faces. Napier actually passed Delon Wright in Value Add during the semifinal win against Florida. Florida allows only 0.89 points per possession at www.kenpom.com, the second best total in the country, but Napier produced an amazing 1.39 points per his possession in that game with an unselfish 6 assists and only 6 shots taken to score 12 points. Against Kentucky he saw that the famed Harrison twins could not guard him--scoring 22 points while the twins scored only a combined 15 points as Napier hit four of nine three-pointers. During the two Final Four games he had seven steals, and despite his small size grabbed nine defensive rebounds.

Last year, Napier finished 6th in Value Add, and two years ago he moved as high as 11th as noted by NBC Sports. The entire database of over 39,000 player seasons from 2003 to 2014 is being updated at http://valueaddbasketball.com/ballall.html, while all 2014 players can be searched at www.valueaddbasketball.com.

In addition to clearly being the best statistical player in the 60-54 win over Kentucky by leading UConn in points, rebounds, steals, and assists, Napier went beyond the stats. He almost knocked back court mate Ryan Boatright to the floor when popping him in the chest during live action, and was in command on the court directing players at all times to find the holes against the taller and strong Wildcats.

In the press conference after he simply said, "Ryan and I are short so we have had to learn how to beat big teams."

Ken Pomeroy’s final rating came out tonight with Louisville’s Russ Smith 1st and Napier 2nd. All voting awards have chosen Doug McDermott, who was the greatest offensive Value Add player of all time, but fell to seventh in Value Add once defense and positions were calculated.

The Top Value Add players of past years are: 2003, Troy Bell, Boston College; 2004; Devin Harris, Wisconsin;  2005; Andrew Bogut, Utah; 2006, Shelden Williams, Duke; 2007, Kevin Durant, Texas; 2008, Michael  Beasley, Kansas St.; 2009, Ty Lawson, North Carolina, 2010; Jon Scheyer, Duke; 2011, Jordan Taylor, Wisconsin; 2012, Anthony Davis, Kentucky; and 2013, Trey Burke, Michigan.

Rnk FName LName  Team Ht Yr Offense Value Add
1 Shabazz Napier Connecticut 6' 1" Sr 5.37 11.35
2 Delon Wright Utah 6' 5" Jr 4.99 11.16
3 Jordan Adams UCLA 6' 5" So 4.99 9.60
4 Sean Kilpatrick Cincinnati 6' 4" Sr 5.75 9.59
5 TJ Warren North Carolina St. 6' 8" So 5.59 9.53
6 Billy Baron Canisius 6' 2" Sr 7.01 9.52
7 Doug McDermott Creighton 6' 8" Sr 8.30 9.40
8 Trevor Releford Alabama 6' 0 Sr 5.06 9.27
9 Xavier Thames San Diego St. 6' 3" Sr 5.37 9.18
10 Marcus Smart Oklahoma St. 6' 4" So 3.38 9.11
11 KJ McDaniels Clemson 6' 6" Jr 3.47 8.81
12 Frank Kaminsky Wisconsin 7' 0 Jr 5.54 8.64
13 Jarnell Stokes Tennessee 6' 8" Jr 4.85 8.61
14 Russ Smith Louisville 6' 0 Sr 3.99 8.54
15 Frank Kaminsky Wisconsin 7' 0 Jr 5.49 8.45
16 Fred Van Vleet Wichita St. 5' 11" So 5.02 8.09
17 Briante Weber VCU 6' 2" Jr 1.78 8.06
18 Nick Johnson Arizona 6' 3" Jr 4.05 7.87
19 Lamar Patterson Pittsburgh 6' 5" Sr 4.32 7.77
20 Montrezl Harrell Louisville 6' 8" So 3.51 7.76
21 Langston Galloway Saint Joseph's 6' 2" Sr 5.70 7.63
22 Jabari Parker Duke 6' 8" Fr 4.27 7.59
23 RJ Hunter Georgia St. 6' 5" So 4.36 7.51
24 Ryan Watkins Boise St. 6' 9" Sr 5.56 7.46
25 Joseph Young Oregon 6' 2" Jr 6.22 7.46
26 Tyler Ennis Syracuse 6' 2" Fr 3.71 7.38
27 Kyle Anderson UCLA 6' 9" So 3.20 7.30
28 Jordan McRae Tennessee 6' 6" Sr 4.87 7.27
29 Michael Frazier Florida 6' 4" So 4.26 7.25
30 Cameron Bairstow New Mexico 6' 9" Sr 5.04 7.22
31 Javon McCrea Buffalo 6' 7" Sr 3.94 7.09
32 Kendrick Perry Youngstown St. 6' 0 Sr 5.50 7.08
33 Kendall Williams New Mexico 6' 4" Sr 4.80 7.04
34 Perry Ellis Kansas 6' 8" So 4.42 6.98
35 Juwan Staten West Virginia 6' 1" Jr 5.05 6.98
36 Marcus Paige North Carolina 6' 1" So 4.82 6.96
37 Jalan West Northwestern St. 5' 10" So 4.43 6.93
38 Keifer Sykes Green Bay 5' 11" Jr 4.84 6.92
39 Khem Birch UNLV 6' 9" Jr 3.02 6.81
40 Gary Harris Michigan St. 6' 4" So 3.91 6.78
41 Rayvonte Rice Illinois 6' 4" Jr 2.73 6.74
42 Alan Williams UC Santa Barbara 6' 7" Jr 2.79 6.73
43 Julius Randle Kentucky 6' 9" Fr 3.59 6.70
44 Nik Stauskas Michigan 6' 6" So 6.59 6.65
45 Justin Jackson Cincinnati 6' 8" Sr 1.28 6.63
46 D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera Georgetown 6' 3" So 5.38 6.55
47 Larry Nance Wyoming 6' 8" Jr 2.41 6.54
48 Shawn Jones Middle Tennessee 6' 8" Sr 3.06 6.53
49 Bryce Cotton Providence 6' 1" Sr 6.63 6.52
50 Deonte Burton Nevada 6' 1" Sr 4.92 6.50
51 Tymell Murphy FIU 6' 5" Sr 3.09 6.49
52 Jacob Parker Stephen F. Austin 6' 6" Jr 4.02 6.45
53 TJ Bray Princeton 6' 5" Sr 5.55 6.44
54 Okaro White Florida St. 6' 8" Sr 3.76 6.37
55 Malcolm Brogdon Virginia 6' 5" So 3.52 6.30
56 Ron Baker Wichita St. 6' 3" So 3.71 6.28
57 Josh Scott Colorado 6' 10" So 4.21 6.28
58 Willie Cauley-Stein Kentucky 7' 0 So 2.12 6.26
59 Aaron Craft Ohio St. 6' 2" Sr 1.37 6.25
60 Markel Brown Oklahoma St. 6' 3" Sr 4.61 6.23
61 Egidijus Mockevicius Evansville 6' 10" So 2.80 6.19
62 Seth Tuttle Northern Iowa 6' 8" Jr 4.30 6.13
63 Joel Embiid Kansas 7' 0 Fr 2.04 6.08
64 Casey Prather Florida 6' 6" Sr 3.44 5.92
65 Andrew Wiggins Kansas 6' 8" Fr 3.80 5.84
66 Devin Oliver Dayton 6' 7" Sr 4.15 5.84
67 Branden Dawson Michigan St. 6' 6" Jr 3.03 5.84
68 Trevor Cooney Syracuse 6' 4" So 3.64 5.83
69 CJ Wilcox Washington 6' 5" Sr 4.78 5.82
70 Tyreek Duren La Salle 6' 0 Sr 3.31 5.81
71 Talib Zanna Pittsburgh 6' 9" Jr 3.82 5.80
72 Markus Kennedy SMU 6' 9" So 1.80 5.80
73 Ben Brust Wisconsin 6' 1" Sr 4.57 5.76
74 Cory Jefferson Baylor 6' 9" Sr 3.41 5.76
75 Bobby Portis Arkansas 6' 10" Fr 2.84 5.75
76 Brandon Edwards UT Arlington 6' 6" Sr 4.69 5.73
77 Taylor Braun North Dakota St. 6' 7" Sr 4.75 5.70
78 TJ McConnell Arizona 6' 1" Jr 2.37 5.69
79 Patric Young Florida 6' 9" Sr 2.63 5.69
80 Ben Brust Wisconsin 6' 1" Sr 4.56 5.67
81 Sam Dekker Wisconsin 6' 7" So 3.70 5.67
82 Karvel Anderson Robert Morris 6' 2" Sr 5.33 5.66
83 TaShawn Thomas Houston 6' 8" Jr 3.18 5.66
84 Aaron Gordon Arizona 6' 9" Fr 1.97 5.63
85 DeAndre Kane Iowa St. 6' 4" Sr 3.63 5.61
86 Daniel Miller Georgia Tech 6' 11" Sr 2.40 5.60
87 Mike Moser Oregon 6' 8" Sr 2.51 5.58
88 Tyler Johnson Fresno St. 6' 4" Sr 4.12 5.56
89 Brady Heslip Baylor 6' 2" Sr 4.98 5.54
90 Jordan Bachynski Arizona St. 8' 2" Sr 2.19 5.52
91 John Brown High Point 6' 8" So 3.98 5.46
92 Cleanthony Early Wichita St. 6' 8" Sr 3.59 5.46
93 Sam Dower Gonzaga 6' 9" Sr 3.47 5.43
94 Brice Johnson North Carolina 6' 9" So 2.20 5.41
95 JJ Mann Belmont 6' 6" Sr 3.77 5.41
96 Jason Calliste Oregon 6' 2" Sr 4.67 5.41
97 Sam Dekker Wisconsin 6' 7" So 3.48 5.40
98 Dezmine Wells Maryland 6' 5" Jr 2.88 5.38
99 Coty Clarke Arkansas 6' 7" Sr 2.07 5.35
100 Stephen Holt Saint Mary's 6' 4" Sr 5.28 5.34

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