It seems like every season there is at least one player who steps up and plays at a level that no one expected to before the season began. This time on the ICS Roundtable, we talk about who we think fit that mold this year by choosing who we see as the most improved Republic player this season.
Evan Eyster (@IronPonyChef)
I would have to give the most improved award to Danny Barrera. In 2015 he earned only 14 starts, playing as an understudy to Rodrigo Lopez. After Lopez left in the offseason, Barrera stepped up and set a new Republic record for single season assists, as well as earning an All-League First Team award. Throughout the season itself, Barrera stepped up starting as what looked like a replacement level player before taking off by the midpoint of the season to earn all team honors.
George Shiel (@GeorgeMShiel)
Cameron Iwasa is by far the most improved player. Although Emrah Klimenta and James Kiffe stepped it up this year also, Iwasa has grown the most compared to last season.
Josh Beeman (@josh_beeman)
Cameron Iwasa is without a doubt the most improved Republic player this season. He went from being just "the local guy" in his rookie season to being one of the key figures in the 2016 season. It's not often that you see a player go from a 1 goal, 1 assist, 564 minute season to a record breaking 12 goal, 3 assist, 2453 minute one in just a single year.
Omar Gonzalez (@omarvelously)
Hands-down Cameron Iwasa. The Sacramento native went from being a marginal rookie last season to an undisputed starter that broke the club single-season scoring record this year. Iwasa has all the makings of a franchise player and it will be exciting to see his continued development next season.
Jeff Shunta (@JTShunta)
Cameron Iwasa is, in my opinion, is by far the most improved player on the squad. If I had to pick a second it would be Danny Barrera as he did admirably filling Roro's massive shoes.
Which Republic player do you think improved the most this year? Let us know in the comments below!