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Value Add: Top 16 Hoop Trios 22 Days Before Selection Sunday

Value Add: Top 16 Hoop Trios 22 Days Before Selection Sunday

With Selection Sunday just 22 days away, the following would be the No. 1 through No. 4 seeds if selections were based on the top three players from each team. Al McGuire first noted that it usually takes three stars to win a championship, and the following table lists the top 16 trios in basketball with the top three players listed along with their Value Add rankings, individual rank among the 4,000 D1 players, and heights as shown on www.valueaddbasketball.com. Syracuse would be the top seed in the country, and that rating does not even include CJ Fair.

The 4-seeds include national contenders Arizona and Florida, but also potential sleepers Tennessee and VCU who have the star powers for big runs. The 3-seeds include powerhouses UConn, Kentucky, Pitt and Creighton. Duke’s top trio comes in as a 2-seed, right before their battle with top-seeded Syracuse. The other two seeds are Louisville, Kansas and Wichita State, while Cincinnati, UCLA and Wisconsin are the final 1-seeds.

Tennessee is an example of a team that might only be an 11-seed, but might actually be a favorite against a 6-seed in the first round. The Vols top three players would be a 4-seed, so as bench strength becomes less important in the tournament the Vols could easily win at least one game. Jarnell Stokes (pictured), Jordan McRae and Jeronne Maymon give the Vols a trio of players between 6-fot-8 and 6-foot-6 that can match up with even elite teams.

Seed/Rnk Fname/team Lname/conf Ht Value Add
4 Arizona P12   13.9
24 Nick Johnson .6-03 5.95
82 TJ McConnell .6-01 4.48
180 Rondae Hollis-Jefferson .6-07 3.47
         
Seed/Rnk Fname/team Lname/conf Ht Value Add
4 Florida SEC   13.86
38 Michael Frazier .6-04 5.31
95 Patric Young .6-09 4.31
103 Casey Prather .6-06 4.24
         
Seed/Rnk Fname/team Lname/conf Ht Value Add
4 Tennessee SEC   13.81
23 Jordan McRae .6-06 5.97
51 Jarnell Stokes .6-08 4.99
267 Jeronne Maymon .6-08 2.85
         
Seed/Rnk Fname/team Lname/conf Ht Value Add
4 VCU A10   14
18 Briante Weber .6-02 6.23
90 Juvonte Reddic .6-09 4.36
188 Treveon Graham .6-06 3.41
         
Seed/Rnk Fname/team Lname/conf Ht Value Add
3 Connecticut Amer   14.12
2 Shabazz Napier .6-01 7.96
233 Ryan Boatright .6-00 3.09
238 DeAndre Daniels .6-09 3.07
         
Seed/Rnk Fname/team Lname/conf Ht Value Add
3 Creighton BE   14.2
8 Doug McDermott .6-08 7.07
144 Jahenns Manigat .6-01 3.78
197 Ethan Wragge .6-07 3.35
         
Seed/Rnk Fname/team Lname/conf Ht Value Add
3 Kentucky SEC   14.19
42 Willie Cauley-Stein .7-00 5.26
68 Julius Randle .6-09 4.69
102 Aaron Harrison .6-06 4.24
         
Seed/Rnk Fname/team Lname/conf Ht Value Add
3 Pittsburgh ACC   14.1
16 Lamar Patterson .6-05 6.28
128 Talib Zanna .6-09 3.93
135 James Robinson .6-03 3.89
         
Seed/Rnk Fname/team Lname/conf Ht Value Add
2 Duke ACC   14.8
22 Jabari Parker .6-08 6.1
66 Rodney Hood .6-08 4.72
124 Amile Jefferson .6-09 3.98
         
Seed/Rnk Fname/team Lname/conf Ht Value Add
2 Kansas B12   14.4
43 Perry Ellis .6-08 5.22
47 Joel Embiid .7-00 5.11
117 Andrew Wiggins .6-08 4.07
         
Seed/Rnk Fname/team Lname/conf Ht Value Add
2 Louisville Amer   15.22
33 Montrezl Harrell .6-08 5.4
37 Russ Smith .6-00 5.33
80 Wayne Blackshear .6-05 4.49
         
Seed/Rnk Fname/team Lname/conf Ht Value Add
2 Wichita St. MVC   14.22
32 Fred Van Vleet .5-11 5.41
53 Ron Baker .6-03 4.95
137 Cleanthony Early .6-08 3.86
         
Seed/Rnk Fname/team Lname/conf Ht Value Add
1 Cincinnati Amer   15.62
4 Sean Kilpatrick .6-04 7.43
31 Justin Jackson .6-08 5.43
282 Titus Rubles .6-07 2.76
         
Seed/Rnk Fname/team Lname/conf Ht Value Add
1 Syracuse ACC   17.28
12 Tyler Ennis .6-02 6.48
13 Trevor Cooney .6-04 6.45
91 Jerami Grant .6-08 4.35
         
Seed/Rnk Fname/team Lname/conf Ht Value Add
1 UCLA P12   15.53
7 Jordan Adams .6-05 7.16
26 Kyle Anderson .6-09 5.75
308 Norman Powell .6-04 2.62
         
Seed/Rnk Fname/team Lname/conf Ht Value Add
1 Wisconsin B10   15.37
19 Frank Kaminsky .6-11 6.15
58 Ben Brust .6-01 4.84
88 Sam Dekker .6-07 4.38

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