3d Rising Player Evaluations: Lone Star Prospects I

3d Lacrosse specializes in 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 several high school teams in Texas.

Lone Star Prospects - Part I

Mark Lynch is an Ohio transplant now coaching lacrosse in Texas. You can follow him on Twitter at @3dRisingTexas.

Texas, long known for its high school football pageantry, is on the rise within the prep lacrosse realm. Teams such as Dallas Jesuit, Highland Park, Episcopal School of Dallas, and The Woodlands have garnered attention on the national scene in various rankings and articles. More and more Texans are committing to play lacrosse at the next level. If you follow Division I lacrosse, then you have probably heard of Brandon Mullins (Syracuse–Coppell HS) and Bear Goldstein (Princeton–St. Mark's). Below are a handful of prospects that stood out in the games I've watched so far. More evaluations are coming shortly.

Some Notes:
- I will be seeing most of these players at least one more time throughout the season, so a player's rating and evaluation may be updated.
- There are many more players that will appear in upcoming articles.
- I was pretty conservative with the assigned ratings. It was easier for a more established player (upperclassman) to receive a higher rating due to their body of work.


Wesley Sanders 2014
VMI Commit
Position: Midfield
Sub Position: Redodger/Catch & Shoot
Rating: Player

If you attend a Bowie game, you will take notice of Wesley Sanders. An athletic midfielder with a corner-seeking missile for a shot, Wesley garners a lot of attention from opposing defenses. He does a good job of setting up his strong (left) hand by redodging, attacking space, and finding soft spots off ball. A natural on any EMO squad, Sanders is able to extend defenses and open up opportunities for teammates off ball. VMI landed a dynamic scorer with Wesley.

Video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=MFzLbdeH6M4


Ben Dodson 2015
Position: Midfield
Sub Position: Catch & Shoot
Rating: Player

Dodson plays with a boatload of confidence and has the skill to back it up. A fun player to watch, Ben's laser-guided long range shot strikes fear in opposing goalies and stretches defenses. He is most dangerous off ball yet is very formidable dodging and a feeding threat. One of Ben's best assets is his clutch play. Against Austin Westlake, he scored the game-tying and game-winning goals with under two minutes left in the game. Standing amid a healthy crop of midfielders, Dodson is one of the best in Texas.

Video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=2CGV5FkfwYo

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