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1st Gay Player Tops Value Add List

As the Supreme Court considers same-sex marriage laws, the first openly gay college basketball player may soon rank as the best transfer available to colleges.

Unlike Jason Collins, who was a terrible NBA player by the time he announced his homosexuality, the Value Add database shows that Derrick Gordon played as a high-caliber player that during the past season. And, according to an SB Nation report, opposing players uttered not a single gay slur.

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The attempts to equate the Collins announcement to that of Jackie Robinson struck as an absurdity on both sides. Robinson had to fear for his life and faced the nastiest of slurs, taunts, and refusal of admission to hotels. In fact, the attacks in the current situation come from the political left, with such groups as Moveon.org going so far as to pressure ESPN to fire Chris Broussard for even questioning if Collins’s lifestyle could be consistent with Christian beliefs.

Christians got attacked for daring to speak, not Collins or Gordon. No one chants or taunts, and in fact as a conservative stat nerd all I do is run the numbers at www.valueaddbasketball.com and see that whoever gets Gordon will improve by about 4.1 points per game. If Tyler Harris decides on Auburn during a trip this weekend, then Gordon would top the list of players available for the 2015-16 season.

Proj Rnk Available for 2015-16 Ht Yr Value
251 Harris, Tyler 6’9 4 Sr 4.8
367 Gordon, Derrick 6’3 4 Sr 4.1
444 Foster, Marcus 6’3 3 Jr 3.8
445 Robinson, Stanford 6’4 3 Jr 3.8
468 Mooney, Matt 6’3 2 So 3.68
482 Lecomte, Manu 5’11 3 Jr 3.6
565 Smith, Tarin 6’2 2 So 3.31
570 Harris, Tre 6’5 2 So 3.29
621 Thomas, Jevon 6’0 3 Jr 3.12
648 Griffin, Johnny 6’5 2 So 3.03

Harris signing would move Auburn from 66th, a borderline NIT team, to 44th, a team that probably makes the NCAA tournament. Gordon could do the same for another team, and at this stage all coaches try to accumulate talent to move up the top-100 list below.

It should be noted that another 12 players officially still uncommitted provide more value, but these 12 seem to already lean toward a team. The teams enjoying the inside track on even better uncommitted players appear below:

Arizona – Mark Tollefsen; Duke – Brandon Ingram; Iona – Marcus Johnson; Kentucky – Thon Maker and Jamal Murray; Nevada Las Vegas – Stephen Zimmerman; St. John’s Cheick Diallo; South Florida – Tyrone Outlaw; Texas A&M – Dominic Artis; Texas Tech – Chris Boucher; UCLA – Jaylen Brown; and Washington – Shaqquan Aaron.

The following are the top-100 teams right now. Obviously they will keep adding players, so National Runner-Up Wisconsin dropped out of the top 50 with the departure of Frank Kaminsky and Sam Dekker, but will build up. Still, this gives a snap shot of how much talent each team has assembled (or at least has leaning their way such as the players in the previous paragraph) to date:

Rnk Team Value
1 Maryland 49.65
2 Oklahoma 48.26
3 Louisiana St. 47.71
4 Kansas 47.68
5 Kentucky 47.43
6 Villanova 46.75
7 Duke 45.63
8 North Carolina 44.46
9 Indiana 44.02
10 West Virginia 43.65
11 Texas A&M 43.40
12 Arizona 42.43
13 Vanderbilt 39.90
14 Oregon 39.82
15 Cincinnati 38.66
16 Houston 38.39
17 Baylor 38.04
18 Wichita St. 37.87
19 Texas 37.36
20 Louisville 36.22
21 Michigan St. 36.11
22 Iowa St. 35.91
23 Illinois 35.79
24 Virginia 35.59
25 Gonzaga 35.40
26 Oklahoma St. 35.34
27 Utah 35.06
28 Ohio St. 34.83
29 UCLA 34.29
30 San Diego St. 33.77
31 Notre Dame 33.62
32 Oregon St. 33.38
33 Michigan 33.29
34 Utah St. 32.92
35 Southern California 32.87
36 Virginia Commonwealth 32.72
37 Texas Christian 32.61
38 Southern Methodist 32.58
39 South Carolina 32.50
40 Purdue 32.40
41 Memphis 32.35
42 Xavier 32.20
43 Pittsburgh 32.07
44 Florida 31.95
45 Georgetown 31.59
46 Miami FL 31.47
47 Texas Tech 31.08
48 Mississippi St. 31.01
49 Providence 30.87
50 UAB 30.68
51 Davidson 30.63
52 Mississippi 30.51
53 Florida St. 30.42
54 Washington 29.90
55 Iowa 29.85
56 Wisconsin 29.84
57 Iona 29.77
58 Rhode Island 29.31
59 Pepperdine 28.45
60 Clemson 28.36
61 Richmond 28.34
62 Seton Hall 27.88
63 North Carolina St. 27.53
64 Stephen F. Austin 27.23
65 Syracuse 27.05
66 Auburn 27.03
67 Dayton 26.99
68 Buffalo 26.92
69 South Florida 26.91
70 Hawaii 26.75
71 Connecticut 26.67
72 Georgia 26.46
73 Illinois St. 26.41
74 Valparaiso 26.20
75 Vermont 26.15
76 Marquette 25.92
77 Nevada Las Vegas 25.72
78 St. John’s 25.65
79 Butler 24.94
80 Northwestern 24.91
81 Central Michigan 24.43
82 Washington St. 24.30
83 Temple 24.15
84 George Washington 24.07
85 Tulsa 24.05
86 Missouri 24.00
87 Wake Forest 23.94
88 California 23.91
89 Creighton 23.45
90 Virginia Tech 23.31
91 Arkansas 22.96
92 Georgia Tech 22.84
93 South Dakota St. 22.46
94 Missouri St. 22.02
95 La Salle 21.81
96 Colorado St. 21.75
97 Tennessee 21.73
98 Stanford 21.55
99 Penn St. 21.31
100 Loyola Chicago 21.23

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