Which player would you most want leading your team at Nationals this weekend?
May 22, 2019 by Charlie Eisenhood, Patrick Stegemoeller, Graham Gerhart, Edward Stephens, Alex Rubin, Guest Author and Charlie Enders in Opinion with 0 comments
College ultimate is filled with stars. Some play in high profile environments, get reps for elite club teams, or play in international competition. Others compete with deep squads that don’t always make them the headliner for their team. Still others ply their trade for off-the-radar programs that dim their limelight. But our coverage team tries to see them all.
So who are the best players in college ultimate right now? To try to clear away as much of the white noise created by circumstance as possible and get to the heart of each individual’s value and contribution, we asked a diverse group of eight individuals — from Ultiworld editors to members of our coverage team to a current player in the division — to weigh in. In order to avoid some of the incongruent interpretations from last year’s exercise, we refined our criteria a bit this year and gave our contributors the following prompt:
If you were starting a college team right after the end of the regular season, with the express goal of winning the 2019 College Championships, how would you rank the players within the division? You aren’t building a team of all your selections, so don’t worry about how the players complement each other. Consider each pick the first pick of a team, drafting in order, only you can’t pick the players you’ve already ranked above. All current D-I players are eligible to be drafted, but with their current injury status.
We each listed out our top 25 players, then combined our lists to create a composite ranking. Also changed this year was our accounting method, awarding a descending number of points from each contributor based on their rankings. So, for example, players earned 25 points for a first place ranking, 24 for a second place ranking, and so on, from each voter.
We took our lists, reviewed them, and discussed our selections, our snubs, and our pet players. In our first article in this series, we discussed the Top 10 players; check that piece out for free here.
Now, here’s how the rest of our Top 25 rankings, and our discussion of the players listed there:
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