Mailbag: Are There Ever Club “Busts?”, How Sockeye Won

Is identifying college talent easier than in other sports?

Sockeye’s Dylan Freechild rejoices while Ring of Fire laments the results of the men’s semifinals at the 2019 Club Championships. Photo: Sam Hotaling — UltiPhotos.com

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Question of the Week: In pro sports (NBA, NFL), it can be really difficult to evaluate how youth talent will translate to higher levels of play. In the NBA, there have been many recent years where a top five pick ends up being a complete bust. In ultimate, it seems like the top youth prospects are good in college, and the top college players are good in club. There are of course players who come out of nowhere to become stars, but it feels like there have not been any notable “busts” that I can think of. Do you agree? Why do you think this is?

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  1. Charlie Eisenhood
    Charlie Eisenhood

    Charlie Eisenhood is the editor-in-chief of Ultiworld. You can reach him by email (charlie@ultiworld.com) or on Twitter (@ceisenhood).

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