There are approximately 500 players in the National College Dodgeball Association. With the new overtime rules, 6 players go into an untimed battle to the death. So if I had to pick my six to go with, out of the 500 players in the whole league, here’s who I’d choose.
I picked six veteran players, five of which were on the All-NCDA list last year, four of the six have been in leadership positions in the past, four of the six are what I’d label “all-around” players, one is a power thrower, and one is the best catcher in the NCDA.
My top pick was an easy one- Spencer Jardine (SVSU #77). He’s the best player in the league right now, and after carrying the Cardinals to the MDC title last February, he was named NCDA MVP after winning the National Championship. He can rocket 75 mph throws at your face, catch with his body well, and call out what needs to get done.
Camden Fullmer (Kent #13) is a fantastic player, with a live arm and lightning quick reflexes on the catch. He takes on any challenger and isn’t afraid to throw a ball through someone if need be. He’s also a great leader, and he’s deadly accurate with his throws.
Of course you knew Wes Hopkins (UK #1) was going to make this list. Throwing over 80 mph will put you on anybody’s shortlist of top players. While he’s not the great catcher everyone else is on this list, he’s got the best arm and there’s the intimidation factor of having him on the court as well.
Felix Perrone (WKU #76) is a former head captain (he’s now an AC for WKU) and is one of the fiercest competitors in the NCDA. His low to mid 70s throw is tough to catch, and he can body catch fairly well too. His leadership skills are second to none, but his never say die attitude along with his dodgeball prowess are what puts him on my team.
Where Wes made this list because he’s the best arm in the league, Brett Hadwin (CMU #4-AC) makes it for being the best catcher in the league. He has a good enough arm to not be a liability on the court, but his catching is what really shines. Body catches, hands catches, spectacular catches, he can catch anything he can reach.
Eric Paul (MSU #9) has a high 60s/low 70s throw, but is as accurate as anyone in the league. He also is one of the best catchers in the league, and he’s a very smart player. His development over the past year has put him into the discussion as one of the best players in the league, especially after getting the nod as an All-NCDA performer last year.
Honorable Mention Players: Dylan Fettig (GVSU #24-AC), Mark Trippiedi (GVSU #8-C), Jared Matthews (OSU #10), Bryce Corrion (CMU #00-AC)
Who would you take as your top six?