3d Rising Player Evaluations: Lone Star Prospects II

Colby Kneese, 2016 - Highland Park
Position: Goalie
Sub Position: Positional
Rating: Player

In order to score on Colby Kneese, you need to BEAT him. Basically, it's got to be an outstanding shot to score. Colby is usually in great position and tracks the ball well, which puts the pressure on the shooter. He is able to shut the door on in-tight shots as well as mid-rangers and downtown bombs. Controlling the rebound, Kneese likes to get the ball up and out in order to create opportunities for the Scots' offense. Kneese is a young goalie who will develop into one of the top keepers in his class.

Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SHtJj5QcWUw

Ryan Darby, 2017 - Plano West
Johns Hopkins Commit
Position: Goalie
Rating: Watch-List

Darby started his freshman year with a bang by verbally committing to the Blue Jays. He has proven himself a resolute freshman by earning multiple early season starts and taking on established powers ESD and The Woodlands. In addition to the rest of 2014, Ryan will have three more seasons to develop his skill, athleticism, communication, leadership, and game awareness. Compared to other freshmen in Texas, he is one of more developed goaltenders. He tracks the ball well but has a tendency to anticipate and move before the shot is released. Ryan is composed in the clearing game and not intimidated by varsity competition. He has a solid foundation to build a nice playing career on.

Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h89Gae1GB60

Michael Douglas, 2015 - Plano West
Position: Goalie
Sub Position: Communicator
Rating: Player

The Wolves might have the strongest goaltending corps in the Dallas area, and Michael Douglas is a big reason why. A lefty keeper and the backbone of the Plano West defense, Michael's best attribute is his communication skill. Directing individual players and the overall defense, he ensures the defense functions as a high-pressure, cohesive unit. Michael's quick reflexes, poise, and solid positioning are keys to his ball-stopping ability. The highlight video is from his freshman campaign. Michael has definitely calmed down since then as well as developing strong fundamentals and leadership skills.

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5OWRsQLad4s

Mackenzie Gordon, 2014 - Plano West
Position: Midfield
Sub Position: Alley Dodger/Split & Go
Rating: Player

Towering well over 6'0", Mackenzie Gordon is a downhill dodging midfielder equipped with a twine-shredding overhand shot. He uses his size and athleticism well to lean in, pop out, or run by his defender to free his hands. Not afraid to step up in big district games, Gordon found the back of the net six times in a hard-fought 12-11 loss to defending state champ St. Mark's. Mackenzie is an athletic, offensive-minded who that would be a nice pickup for an NCAA squad in need of a physical presence up top.

Gage Bradshaw, 2015 - Plano West
Rutgers Commit
Position: Defense/LSM
Sub Position: Play-Maker
Rating: Player

Gage Bradshaw may be the most versatile player on the Plano West roster. Playing close defense, LSM and taking a bulk of the face-offs, Bradshaw wreaks havoc all over the field. At 6'0", 185 lbs., Gage is able to cover his man with intelligent footwork, recovery angles, and physicality. He does a great job of tying up dominant FOGOs at the faceoff X. Gage will make either an outstanding LSM or close defenseman for the Scarlet Knights ... or maybe he will be utilized at both spots.

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