Notable Returners to the #HustleTwenty17 Roster
Karl Staber made the Hustle in 2016 and was projecting to be a welcome addition to our handler rotation. He is a calculating D handler who has exceptionaln cutting technique. During the preseason he switched jobs and that sent him to Europe for a few months of training. Upon his return a nagging ankle injury kept him off the final 2016 roster. We are excited to finally have him back in purple this season.
Karl is a GT grad with 5 years of experience with Tribe. He was a team captain for 2 years and All region in 2014. He is currently Tribe's coach. Staber is a veteran of Roma, Six Pack, and went to nationals with Wild Card in 2015
Daniel Sperling is a springy athlete with crafty throws. He is a natural playmaker that is developing into a big threat. Sperling was a midseason addition to the Hustle last year playing in 3 games. He impressed us with the Bama Secs Select and went on to make Chain too. Sperling is a 4 year player at Paideia. He currently plays with Emory Juice where he was SE freshmen of the year and 1st team all SAPCONN.
College star Parker Bray is rightfully focusing on his Jojah season before joining the Hustle. He picked the game up in college and ascended quickly. He made Chain and then joined the Hustle. Jojah is making a push for nationals again this year after a 5th place finish in 2016 and its Bray's team.
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Josh Bush won tryouts this year. He was Nathan Vickroy's favorite target at GCSU and on Bullet. The two made a dynamic pair on GCSU's run to a D3 national title in 2016. Bush is an athletic deep receiver that rises up to win in the air. He complements that with big hucks. Similarly Vickroy is equally good at throwing and catching deep shots. They connected on a lot of scoring plays in the past and we except the trend to continue for a long time.
Jaime Perez moved to Atlanta from NY recently. He played 4 years at NYU where he captained twice. He was All-Region 1st team in 2015 and 2016. Perez played for the NY Empire for 3 seasons as well. He was a member of Colombia's U23 team. Last club season he played with JLP.
Jaime is big and strong and he plays that way. We are looking forward to integrating his physical defense to match some of the big names in the South. He is a skilled offensive player too who moves the disc quickly and attacks laterally with his swings and fast decisions.
We have a proud GCSU tradition. That program breeds mentally tough, hard nosed competitors - Mark Poole, Blake Hannah, Vickroy, Bush. We are excited about sophomore Jacques Perivier following in that line. He is an Atlanta native that comes from an ultimate family. His parents were elite players and his sister Marie is a rising star in the youth ranks. Jacques played 4 years at Lakeside High School and 3 years of YCC. He was a cog in GCSU's title run in 2016 and will certainly be asked to play a bigger role in 2017 alongside Vickroy as they look to repeat. We are pumped for Perivier. He is wise beyond his years, has a ton of upside, and has made winning a habit.
Nick Hunter comes to us from Jacksonville but has strong Atlanta ties. Hunter played with GT Tribe in college and captained in 2013. He was part of their 2012 nationals team which included Jay Clark, Nick Lance, and Karl Staber. He moved to Jax after college and played two seasons with the Cannons. He is the coach at UNF. His club experience includes Bucket, Roma, Hucking Dead, and Swing State. Hunter is a smart and experienced defender that will bolster an improved D line this year.
Justin Mattingly is another big deep reciever we've added this year whose superpower is high pointing the disc. Many in Atlanta leagues have learned this the hard way. Mattingly is also a heady player. He sees the field well and makes good team decisions. He exploits his left-handed advantage by punishing the break lane and sending opportune lefty backhands deep. Justin is Grady HS boys coach, coached the YCC Atliens last year, and helped form and captain JLP.
Evan comes to us from Auburn Aetos. He is in his third season there and projects to be a versitile weapon for the Hustle on defense. He is a good person to person defender who can generate blocks and is equally impactful on a turn handling or cutting.
Martin Newman is also an Auburn Aeto. This is his 4th season and 2nd as a captain. He was their rookie of the year in 2014 and defensive player of the year in 2016. Newman is a rangy left handed D handler with experience on Southern Hospotality and Ironmen. He made the team even though he missed a day of tryouts to get engaged. First time we heard that excuse....