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At Scholarship for Athletes, we took the time to research the Top 100 boys from the Class of 2013 and analyze the impact they had on their teams as freshmen. I broke them down into three areas: Major Impact Player, Impact Player, and Minor Impact Player. Their impact levels were determined by the amount of matches played, the amount of wins in those matches, where they played in the lineup along with the overall record of the team compared to the previous year.
Here is how we define each player type:
Major Impact Player: These players played high in the lineup in singles and doubles and played an important role in the team's success.
Impact Player: These players played some singles and doubles and contributed to the team, however, without them the team would have had similar results.
Minor Impact Player: These players had insignificant playtime in singles or doubles and the team was not affected by their role on the team.
Here is the how the Top 100 boys stood:
- 23 boys were considered Major Impact Players. They played high in the lineup and contributed to their teams because of it. By playing high in the lineup as a freshman it allows other team members to move down a spot, which gives them a competitive edge.
- 35 boys were considered Impact Players. They played most of the matches in singles and doubles around the middle towards the bottom of the lineup. Their teams would have been worse off if they were not on the team but they were not major program changers as freshman.
- 38 boys were considered Minor Impact Players. These boys had a minor impact on their teams. They either did not play very much at all or when they did play they did not change the outcome of their team's matches.
- 4 boys in the top hundred chose not to go to college.
We know these numbers have a story behind them. We also know that few families will admit they made mistakes. Following conversations with multiple college coaches, we learned that only 1 out of 5 players who did not impact their teams as freshmen would end up being Major Impact Players at their current schools in the future.
Some major impact players from the Class of 2013 to recognize include: Adam Steryous (Furman), Sam Shropshire (Northwestern), Alex Fennell (Penn State), Ben Donovan (Cal Poly), Alec Adamson (UC Davis), Jayson Amos (Oregon) and Jacob Dunbar (Richmond).
I will never understand why top American players choose to be "small fish in big ponds". What I do know is that many athletes are burned out, and some stop caring if they play in the matches or not. More and more athletes are okay being benched at the schools of their choice. How can top junior players not be eager to play in the matches as a freshman if they love tennis and are great competitors? What does it mean when 38% of the top 100 guys are not making an impact on their college teams?
Next week we will analyze the impact of the Top 100 Girls on their teams.
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