Wooden Award Agrees on 5 of top 6 Value Add Players

Terance Mann, Grayson Allen, Like Kennard
The Associated Press
Auburn, AL

Objective and subjective methods each have advantages, but the Wooden Award team released a mid-season list of potential Players of the Year that included the top four Value Add Basketball players, leaving off only No. 5 TJ Williams from little-known Northeastern.

If we form a first team, All-American team at midseason based on the top Value Add Basketball players in the country who are also listed as one of the top 25 players so far by the Wooden Award, then No. 6 Lauri Markkanen of Arizona replaces Williams as a first team All-American.

The rest of the first team, All-American squad today would include Villanova’s Josh Hart, who barely edges out Kansas’ Frank Mason III as the most valuable player this season, as well as Duke’s Luke Kennard and Iowa State’s Monte Morris.

The second team includes five more players from the Power 6 conferences, as the Wooden team does not typically identify the truly dominant players from smaller schools identified by Value Add even after discounting their accomplishments based on facing weaker defenses.

However, the consensus top player from outside the Power 6 is Alec Peters of Valparaiso, who is ranked No. 31 by Value Add and listed in the Top 25 by the Wooden Award (the Wooden Award does not put their top 25 in order).

Here are the All-American teams to date, followed by the other 10 players on the Wooden Watch list despite not measuring objectively in the top 50 of 4000 players based on Value Add.

1st Team All-American Value Add Rank School
Josh Hart (MVP) 1 Villanova
Frank Mason III 2 Kansas
Luke Kennard 3 Duke
Monte Morris 4 Iowa State
Lauri Markkanen 6 Arizona
2nd Team All-American Value Add Rank School
Ethan Happ 13 Wisconsin
De’Aaron Fox 19 Kentucky
Caleb Swanigan 26 Purdue
Markelle Fultz 28 Washington
Lonzo Ball 30 UCLA
3rd Team All-American Value Add Rank School
Alec Peters 31 Valparaiso
TJ Leaf 32 UCLA
Joel Berry II 37 North Carolina
Malik Monk 39 Kentucky
Nigel Williams-Goss 44 Gonzaga
Wooden Picks Not in Top 50 Value Add Rank School
Justin Jackson 66 North Carolina
Johnathan Motley (163, inj) 75 Baylor
Melo Trimble 79 Maryland
Jaron Blossomgame 87 Clemson
Josh Jackson 103 Kansas
Dwayne Bacon 137 Florida State
Nigel Hayes 142 Wisconsin
Maurice Watson Jr. 146 Creighton
Dillon Brooks (580 inj) 279 Oregon
Kelan Martin 370 Butler