John Pudner

John Pudner

John Pudner wrote his first statistical analysis for the New York Post more than 20 years ago, ranking pitchers on opposite Sundays from when Bill James ranked batters, and he was named as the top sports news writer in his newspaper class in Virginia by the Virginia Press Association. 

Since then he has run more than 200 political campaigns for candidates or ballot issues while continuing to write statistical analysis for sports and developing a database of thousands of basketball players at www.valueaddbasketball.com and writing for www.crackedsidewalks.com. He met with and advised several NBA teams to advice on the future performance of potential draft picks this year. His work for the Alabama Farmers Federation in 2010 included helping to coordinating door-to-door efforts that reached the homes of 170,000 voters, and his more recent statistical work was featured by CNN/Sports Illustrated.


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Value Add Player/Team Rankings: Atlantic Sun

Defending season champ Mercer is favored to hold off tournament champ and NCAA thrillers Florida Gulf Coast for the title. Florida Gulf Coast is not as deep as last year, but has the top two players in the conference in Bernard Thompson and Chase Fieler. Dec 3, 2013 2:46 PM PT

Value Add Player/Team Rankings: American Athletic

Defending Big East and National champ Louisville will try to hold off defending CUSA champ Memphis, which stunned Oklahoma State this weekend, and Value Add 2nd Team All-American Shabazz Napier who pulled out another one Monday with a 4-point play and buzzer beater en route to 26 points and a win over Florida. It will be Louisville’s only year in the new American Athletic Conference before they head to the ACC, and Value Add has them as the projected No. 1 team in the country. Dec 3, 2013 2:46 PM PT

Value Add Player/Team Rankings: Big 12

Defending champion Kansas became a slight underdog when Marcus Smart (Value Add 1st Team All-American) stayed at Oklahoma State. Iowa State already beat Michigan and could well contend when Melvin Ejim comes back for conference play. Freshman phenom Andrew Wiggins of Kansas ranks as a Value Add 2nd Team All-American. The final three members of the All-Conference 1st team are Georges Niang (Iowa St.), Phil Forte (Oklahoma St.) and Cory Jefferson (Baylor). Dec 3, 2013 2:45 PM PT

Value Add Player/Team Rankings: Pac-12

Value Add spotted TJ McConnell as a top-20 player back in 2012 before most had heard of him, and he gives Arizona the top transfer to join perhaps the top freshman in Aaron Gordon along with star Nick Johnson. However, it will not be easy to beat out defending season champion UCLA with potential Player of the Year Jordan Adams and five other teams that could make the tourney, including tournament champ Oregon. Dec 2, 2013 11:58 PM PT

Value Add Player/Team Rankings: SEC

Defending champion Florida should battle Kentucky for the title, but Value Add Projections have seven SEC teams in the tournament with a potential eighth being defending tournament champion Mississippi. Florida’s Kasey Hill should be back in time to give Florida a good shot at Kentucky. The preseason Value Add First Team All-Conference team included three Kentucky players in Julius Randle, Andrew Harrison, and Alex Pythress, the latter of which has taken a back seat to the younger stars. Dec 2, 2013 11:53 PM PT

Value Add Player/Team Rankings: Big East

Georgetown and Marquette, who tied with departed Louisville for the title last year, will have to battle Missouri Valley champion Creighton and a Villanova team that has already defeated No. 2 Kansas. Georgetown won at No. 10 VCU 84-80 for a second top-10 win for the conference. Butler has looked strong, but losing Roosevelt Jones for the season may have cost them the upset of Oklahoma State and a two-point loss to LSU. Dec 2, 2013 11:44 PM PT

Value Add Player/Team Rankings: ACC

Defending season and tournament champion Miami will have to rebuild from the bottom of the even tougher ACC. UNC’s season could rest on if PJ Hairston is able to play. NC State’s TJ Warren is the top Value Add player and a 1st Team All-American, but Duke has three of the five All-Conference Players in Rasheed Sulaimon, Jabari Parker and Quinn Cook. Beginning Tuesday, the ACC will try to take the ACC-Big Ten challenge back from the Big Ten for the first time since 2008. Dec 2, 2013 12:20 PM PT

Value Add Player/Team Rankings: Big Ten

The Big Ten took the ACC-Big Ten challenge from the ACC for the first time in 2009, and has never given it back as they start their defense Tuesday. Ohio State’s destruction of No. 17 Marquette on the road and Michigan State’s win over No. 1 Kentucky is part of a potentially dominant season for the Big Ten. Defending season champion Indiana is the 21st best team in the country, but only sixth best in the loaded Big Ten. Value Add gives four of the 15 preseason All-Conference picks to the Big Ten including Player of the Year Glenn Robinson of Michigan. Dec 2, 2013 12:20 PM PT

Iron Bowl Celebrations Spread Far from Auburn

Following the path of RVs out of Auburn today showed just how far the celebration spread after the stunning last-second upset of Alabama Saturday. An investment in toilet paper in east Alabama would have been wise last week, as the home pictured is 18 miles from the site of the main toilet paper activity near campus. Dec 1, 2013 3:05 PM PT

Iron Bowl: Always Tough for State School to Lose to Agricultural School

In most states the big dollars go to the State University, with the agricultural/engineering university (Purdue, Texas A&M, Iowa State and Auburn) receiving the second most money, and then the sectional schools getting the crumbs. That is why the site of the Direct TV/ESPN bus leaving an agricultural campus just after the team beats the state school like this photo Sunday afternoon next to Auburn’s practice field is so important. Dec 1, 2013 2:31 PM PT

New Big East a Top 3 Conference, Will Help Fox Sports 1

The new Big East took two Top 5 teams from the Big 12 to the wire Friday, with Oklahoma State having to block a last second shot to hold on against Butler and No. 2 Kansas being stunned by Villanova. The tables below show the team-by-team comparison for the ACC and Big East based on the calculations at www.kenpom.com, which calculate that each conference would win 81 percent of their games if all 351 teams played each other on a neutral court. Good news for Fox Sports 1. Nov 30, 2013 8:25 AM PT

Exclusive: Top 50 NBA Prospects Based on Early Season Games

Andrew Wiggins (Kansas) is considered the top NBA prospect, but Jabari Parker (Duke Freshman) and Jordan Adams (UCLA Sophomore)are the two prospects who have made the the strongest case through the opening weeks of the season. The table below ranks the top 50 performances in the early season by NBA prospects based on Value Add which has been covered by ESPN. Nov 26, 2013 9:25 AM PT

Value Add Rankings:Top 25 College Basketball Teams

The day after the 2012 NCAA tournament ended, Value Add projected that Kentucky would fall dramatically in 2013 but then be a dominant No. 1 again in 2014. However, Arizona, Duke, Louisville and Michigan have closed the gap dramatically since then, and Marcus Smart's decision to stay at Oklahoma State makes them a potential contender. Here is the countdown of the projected Top 25 teams at www.valueaddbasketball.com. Nov 11, 2013 11:10 PM PT

College Basketball Preview: Glenn Robinson, Jordan Adams Top Value Add Player Rankings

UCLA’s Jordan Adams broke his foot to end UCLA’s title hopes then lost teammate Shabazz Muhammad to the NBA. But Value Add projects him as the second best returning player this season behind only Michigan’s Glenn Robinson, and with Kyle Anderson also back, UCLA has two of the Top 50 best players in the country listed below. Nov 11, 2013 10:15 PM PT

ZZ Top Supports Red Sox as Top Rock Beard Index (RBI) Team

ZZ Top tried to keep Randy Johnson in Houston 25 years ago to give their Astros a chance at a World Series. Now their RBI (Rock Beard Index) has them rooting for the Boston Red Sox in the Fall Classic while Johnson stands near the stage taking photos of the band. Oct 23, 2013 4:01 PM PT

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