3d Rising - Player Evaluations from 3d Lacrosse, 6/10

3d Lacrosse specializes in superior training for individuals and teams and operates events and tournaments as well as select travel teams. The organization, founded by former Division I coach Jamie Munro, assists players and coaches using a compre­hen­sive system of lacrosse development that exposes young players to the tactics and strategies implemented at the NCAA level. 3d Lacrosse applies the "Box/Field Hybrid™ Development System," which Munro pioneered at the University of Denver.

LaxPower is carrying periodic player reports from 3d Lacrosse. Field staff attend high school games around the country and provide player evaluations and ratings. The ratings are either legit (likely a Division I scholarship player), player (likely a Division I recruit), and watch list (has the potential to be a Division I player; need to see more, needs to grow, mature, or develop to be sure-fire D1).

This report covers players on four high school teams in Colorado – Kent Denver, Cherry Creek, Regis Jesuit, Chatfield – along with Cathedral Catholic in California.

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Kent Denver

This year was supposed to be a transition year after Kent lost a loaded senior class as well as long-time coach Tom Graesser. Led by first year Head Coach Ben Brenneman, the Sun Devils surprised many in Colorado by beating state power Cherry Creek and then making a run to the semifinals of the state tournament. Kent had a nice balance of youth and experience, though the balance may have leaned too heavily towards youth. Despite the loss of key seniors the future looks incredibly bright in Cherry Hills. In the interest of full disclosure it should be known that I am an assistant coach at Kent.

#13 Matt Jones, 2013 (PG at Salisbury)
Kent Denver, Colorado
Position: Defense
Sub-Position: On-Ball Cover Guy/Off-Ball
College Commitment: Denver
Rating: Legit

As a former Pioneer I am stoked that Matt Jones is going to Denver. Matt is an incredibly polished defenseman who plays impeccable position defense, has quick feet, and throws checks with bad intentions. Matt is a skilled ball handler but rarely demonstrates this ability preferring to distribute the ball rather than clear himself. Matt was unquestionably the leader of the defense. When he was not at home to clean up, things got messy. Matt matched up with every team's best attackman and was extremely effective. He has the speed, change of direction, size, and strength to match up well with any type of dodger. He is a defenseman who understands the value in not just covering but punishing your attackman with violent checks. Because of this aggressive style of play Matt takes too many fouls, but I predict this will become less of a problem in college where refs tend to let kids play more.

#22 Eduardo White, 2013
Kent Denver, Colorado
Position: Midfield
Sub-Position: Two-Way
College Commitment: Georgetown
Rating: Legit

Eddie is a match up nightmare. He is big, fast, skilled, and can score from anywhere. Eddie is powerful athlete. Several times this season Eddie lowered his shoulder and put the sliding defenseman on his back. He is also fast. If you watch Eddie run from the side the first thing you will notice is the length of his stride, second is the fact that Eddie never has a negative shin angle. Ed has a huge time and room shot that he can deliver from multiple platforms. He can also shoot on the run but loses some accuracy when his feet are not set. Eddie has an impressive shot but shoots too low of a percentage. He is a great downhill alley dodger as well as a strong wing dodger. Eddie also has a great vision, consistently throwing skip passes as well as no look feeds.

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