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.
Value Add has Jordan Adams as a First Team All-American and three Third Team All-Americans in Colorado’s Spencer Dinwiddie, Gordon, and McConnell. Those four join UCLA’s Kyle Anderson to form the All-Conference team.
Arizona took care of then No. 6 Duke, and potential bubble team Arizona State edged No. 25 Marquette at home 79-77.
The PROJECTED Value Add projections below for Conference teams and players are meant to give a GENERAL idea of how good each could be. They are by no means an exact science like the ACTUAL www.valueaddbasketball.com figures: Rnk, Pac 12, Value Add
4, Arizona, 46.04
16, UCLA, 34.72
31, Colorado, 30.72
39, Oregon, 22.68
41, Stanford, 28.14
50, Arizona St., 23.32
56, California, 23.09
91, Oregon St., 15.94
101, Utah, 15.09
104, Washington, 20.18
155, Washington St., 9.88
156, Southern California, 13.18
Preseason All-Conference/Projected Value Add Rank (based purely on average progression from stats prior to this season)
2, Adams, Jordan, UCLA-NBA Pros
11, Dinwiddie, Spencer, Colorado-SG NBA
13, Gordon, Aaron, Arizona-SF/PF NBA
14, McConnell, TJ, Arizona-PG NBA
34, Anderson, Kyle, UCLA-SF NBA
36, Johnson, Nick, Arizona-NBA Pros
37, Scott, Josh, Colorado-
52, Carson, Jahii, Arizona St.-PG NBA
83, Wilcox, CJ, Washington-SG NBA
100, Powell, Dwight, Stanford-PF/C NBA
352, Dedmon, Dewayne, Southern California-C NBA
435, Tarczewski, Kaleb, Arizona-NBA Pros
590, Collier, Devon, Oregon St.-PF NBA
648, LaVine, Zach, UCLA-PG/SG NBA
1318, Moser, Mike, Oregon-PF NBA
About these rankings: The player rankings references are the projections (2014 Proj) at www.valueaddbasketball.com. During the season the updated Value Add for each player, which represents how much he has improved his team’s offense and defense, will appear on under the “2014 Act” search no www.valueaddbasketball.com. The team rankings are based 51% of the sum of each players’ projected Value Add rankings and 49% on the team rankings at www.kenpom.com as of November 29. You can follow the inventor of Value Add on twitter @jpudner.