DUPR Data Deep Dive Post MLP Shuffle Draft

Kevin Brown
January 8, 2024


This August 5-7 MLP returns, this time at Newport Beach.


Every team in the league had the option to put one player on waiver and draft a replacement. They also had the opportunity to make trades before the shuffle draft occurred. More than half of the teams elected to do so.

Trades:

  • Maggie Remensye (Florida Smash) traded for Michelle Esquivel (Team Clean)
  • Maggie Brascia (Ranchers) traded for Jackie Kawamoto (Jackrabbits)
  • Corrine Carr (Team Lions) was traded for Olivia McMillan (Mad Drops)

Drafted:

  • Pablo Tellez - Team ATX Pickleballers (Altaf Merchant was waived)
  • James Ignatowich - The Ranchers (Austin Gridley was waived)
  • Wes Burrows - The Bus (Eden Lica was waived)
  • Etta Wright - Team Lions (Bobbi Oshiro was waived)


With these new changes made, BLQK is still predicted to be on top at the end of Newport Beach with Florida Smash as runner ups again.




Last season, DUPR Team Power Ratings accurately predicted the top four team and the winning team. A player's Power Rating is the average of their singles and doubles DUPRs. A Team's Power Rating is the sum of all four players' Power Ratings (P4). If a player does not have a singles DUPR, they are assigned the gendered minimum singles rating of the field (5.04 for women and 5.82 for men).


Two women's teams have women's doubles lines with two players in the top 12 for DUPR Power Ratings.

  • BLQK with Parris Todd (#3) and Irina Tereschenko (#5)
  • Jackrabbits with Mary Brascia (#11) and Maggie Brascia (#12)  

Team ATX Pickleballers has two men in the top 12 for Power Ratings: Dylan Frazier (#4) and Pablo Tellez (#11)



Make sure to tune in August 5-7 to see these teams battle it out!


Full Rosters:

BLQK - 25.10

  • Zane Navratil - 6.93 POWER RATING
  • Rafa Hewett - 6.56 POWER RATING
  • Parris Todd - 5.85 POWER RATING
  • Irina Tereschenko - 5.77 POWER RATING

Florida Smash - 24.47 P4 RATING

  • JW Johnson - 6.99 POWER RATING
  • Travis Rettenmaier - 6.57 POWER RATING
  • Michelle Esquivel - 5.65 POWER RATING
  • Lee Whitwell - 5.42 POWER RATING

ATX Pickleballers - 24.47 P4 RATING

  • Dylan Frazier - 6.80 POWER RATING
  • Pablo Tellez - 6.62 POWER RATING
  • Jade Kawamoto - 5.82 POWER RATING
  • Sarah Ansboury - 5.24 POWER RATING

Ranchers - 24.24 P4 RATING

  • James Ignatowich - 6.58 POWER RATING
  • Darrian Young - 6.53 POWER RATING
  • Anna Bright - 5.73 POWER RATING
  • Jackie Kawamoto - 5.40 POWER RATING

The 5's - 24.09 P4 RATING

  • Rob Nunnery - 6.72 POWER RATING
  • Erik Lange - 6.15 POWER RATING
  • Simone Jardim - 5.87 POWER RATING
  • Lina Padegimaite - 5.35 POWER RATING

The Bus - 24.03 P4 RATING

  • Kyle Yates - 6.71 POWER RATING
  • Wes Burrows - 6.26 POWER RATING
  • Lauren Stratman - 5.70 POWER RATING
  • Milan Rane - 5.37 POWER RATING

Hard Eights - 23.83 P4 RATING

  • John Cincola - 6.65 POWER RATING
  • Andrei Daescu - 6.34 POWER RATING
  • Jorja Johnson - 5.57 POWER RATING
  • Susannah Barr - 5.29 POWER RATING

Team Clean - 23.79 P4 RATING

  • Dekel Bar - 6.92 POWER RATING
  • Joey Farias - 6.35 POWER RATING
  • Maggie Remynse - 5.27 POWER RATING
  • Regina Franco - 5.26 POWER RATING

Mad Drops - 23.75 P4 RATING

  • Julian Arnold - 6.64 POWER RATING
  • Adam Stone - 6.04 POWER RATING
  • Vivienne David - 5.68 POWER RATING
  • Corrine Carr - 5.39 POWER RATING

Lions - 23.70 P4 RATING

  • Thomas Wilson - 6.75 POWER RATING
  • Chuck Taylor - 6.45 POWER RATING
  • Olivia McMillan - 5.30 POWER RATING
  • Etta Wright - 5.20 POWER RATING

Chimeras - 23.65 P4 RATING

  • Rob Cassidy - 6.29 POWER RATING
  • Daniel De La Rosa - 6.09 POWER RATING
  • Andrea Koop - 5.90 POWER RATING
  • Megan Fudge - 5.37 POWER RATING

Jackrabbits - 23.56 P4 RATING

  • AJ Koller - 6.69 POWER RATING
  • Wes Gabrielsen - 5.88 POWER RATING
  • Mary Brascia - 5.56 POWER RATING
  • Maggie Brascia 5.43 POWER RATING


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His sports travel enterprise included a partnership with cruise industry giants Caribbean International, which he is now expanding. Pickleball International offer cruises which include pickleball tuition from top pros, competitions and off-court physical preparation including yoga, spin classes, strength and agility training in top-of-the-range gyms and aqua training in the ship's swimming pools - in addition to all the usual cruise attractions: dinners, parties, casino nights and much more. 

 

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Eric says: "The training is an important part of the offer for this demographic of pickleball players. We can't play like we're 17 any more! We have a world-class yoga instructor and facilities to prepare our players' muscles for four hours of fun on court each day."

 

Caribbean International's ship, The Odyssey of the Seas, has three indoor pickleball courts. Five-day cruises set sail from the UK, Greece and the USA (Fort Lauderdale, Florida) to the Caribbean, Australia, Hong Kong and Alaska. A maximum of 24 players go on a single trip and all standards are catered for by Pickleball International's roster of highly qualified pro coaches ('Z' Orano, Pedro Penteado, Jay Jaudon and Fiona Edwards).

 

"These cruises are for guys who want to improve," says Eric. "If you're a DUPR 3.0, that's fine, go have fun and learn. If you're a 5.0, there will be plenty of competitions to get your teeth into. It's a great opportunity for anyone who loves pickleball and loves to travel."

 

UK-based Amadeus River Cruises have pickleball courts on their Amadeus Cara and Amadeus Silver III and offer pickleball-themed cruises on which you can take on locals at clubs along the way.

 

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AmaWaterways, headquartered in Calabasas, California, has also spotted pickleball's potential. Last year, they added a full-size pickleball court on the 21m-wide deck of the AmaMagna riverboat which cruises along the Danube through Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Germany, Hungary, Serbia, Romania, Slovakia and Turkey.

 

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Shortly after, the Los Angeles Mad Dogs used the 26th pick to select Jackie’s twin sister, Jade Kawamoto.

The final rosters for the MLP Premier teams are comprised of the 48 most in-demand players in professional pickleball. Six of those coveted spots went to three pairs of siblings: the Kawamoto sisters, Ben and Collin Johns, and Jorja and JW Johnson.

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“Just having that person to always practice with was definitely an advantage for us,” says Jackie. “I'm a righty and Jade is a lefty, and we move together very well. I think that's our biggest strength. I know where I need to be when she gets pulled wide, and vice versa. I know all of her shots. We just know each other's game so well.”


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“It didn't take long for all of us to get hooked and pretty much play nonstop,” adds Jackie.

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Jade adds that the emotional support is just as important as the training.

“When you grow up with each other, and you're the same age and have gone through similar experiences… I know it's a cliche or whatever, but it does help you on the court to have someone that knows your emotions and knows how to bring you up when you're down,” she says.


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A special thanks goes to our DUPR Collegiate Pickleball partners: JOOLA, HEAD, GAMMA, Rally Republic, Total Pickleball, and OOFOS. Another thanks goes to Pickle & Social in Buford, GA for hosting the 2nd annual Georgia Super Regional! 

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