TUCSON, Ariz. - University of Arizona men's basketball player Nick Johnson was rated as one of the nation's top players in a list released today by statistician John Pudner and his Value Add system.
Johnson, a 6-foot-3, sophomore guard from Gilbert, Ariz., is rated No. 14 in Pudner's ranking system with a Value Add score of 8.83. According to Pudner, a player with a Value Add rating of 9.0 or higher indicates a player competing at an All-America caliber level, while a rating of 3.0 or more indicates a starting-five caliber player. The complete listing can be found at Value Add Basketball - advanced NCAA basketball statistics and NBA value prediction.
The system, which rates the top 1,500 college basketball players among the nearly 4,000 who currently play, is a percentage in which that player improves his team's output. For example, a player with a Value Add rating of 5.0 theoretically would turn a 75-74 loss for his team into a 79-75 win. It is similar to baseball's Wins Above Replacement metric.
Johnson currently leads the eighth-ranked Wildcats in scoring (13.6 ppg), assists (3.7 apg) and steals (2.7 spg) to go with a .548 (34-of-62) field goal percentage. Johnson and his teammates host No. 5 Florida tomorrow at 8 p.m. MST in McKale Center. The game can be seen on ESPN.
Rnk, Player, Team, H.t, Yr. , Value Add Rating(Through games of December 12, 2012)1.
Erick Green, Virginia Tech, 6-3, Sr., Value Add= 11.762.
Mason Plumlee, Duke, 6-10, Sr., Value Add= 11.713.
Mike Muscala, Bucknell, 6-11, Sr., Value Add= 11.534.
Ed Daniel, Murray State, 6-7, Sr., Value Add= 10.725.
Shabazz Napier, Connecticut, 6-1, Jr., Value Add= 10.526.
C.J. McCollum, Lehigh, 6-3, Sr., Value Add= 10.007.
Ian Clark, Belmont, 6-3, Sr., Value Add= 9.798.
Nate Wolters, South Dakota State, 6-4, Sr., Value Add= 9.499.
Isaiah Canaan, Murray State, 6-1, Sr., Value Add= 9.2810.
Matthew Dellavedova, Saint Mary's, 6-4, Sr., Value Add= 9.0511.
Brandon Paul, Illinois, 6-4, Sr., Value Add= 9.0112.
Trevor Releford, Alabama, 6-0, Jr., Value Add= 9.0013.
Pierre Jackson, Baylor, 5-10, Sr., Value Add= 8.9714.
Nick Johnson, Arizona, 6-3, So., Value Add= 8.8315.
Ceola Clark, Western Illinois, 6-3, Sr., Value Add= 8.8016.
Keith Clanton, Central Florida, 6-9, Sr., Value Add= 8.7917.
Jeff Early, Southern Illinois, 6-1, Sr., Value Add= 8.7818.
Zeke Marshall, Akron, 7-0, Sr., Value Add= 8.7719.
Trey Burke, Michigan, 6-0, So., Value Add= 8.6420.
Jordan Hulls, Indiana, 6-0, Sr., Value Add= 8.61