Notes from Jake Reed’s Nike Blue Chip Rising Sophomore Camp

Taking place for the 15th summer, Nike Blue Chip’s rising sophomore portion finished up on Thursday afternoon. With recruiting going earlier and earlier every year, this (along with the rising freshman camp) has become an important stop for recruiters and recruits alike. From what I saw, the majority of the NCAA tournament participants were in attendance.

I attended for nine hours on Wednesday and came away impressed with the following players:

Kevin Justice, M, Oxbridge Academy (Fla.)
Justice put together a nice week at Blue Chip, showing off his athleticism and playmaking ability on both ends on the field. There were several instances where he would cause a turnover on defense, pick up the ground ball and then push transition, getting to the cage with wiggle in his step and a standout split dodge. He’s not as polished of an offensive player as some of his counterparts but is a good-looking college prospect thanks to his athleticism and knack for separating from his man.

Larson Tolo, D, Phillips Andover (Mass.)
Though relatively undersized, Tolo is an absolute pest with excellent footwork and an incredibly active stick. He threw some awesome checks, swarmed the ball to create havoc and got the ball off the carpet with ease. Really enjoyed watching this high energy player, who also showed that he’s strong off-ball.

Logan McGovern, A, Darien (Conn.)
A hard-dodging lefty with burst, McGovern turned the corner well and put himself in the right positions to make good plays. He’s tough and buried difficult shots with his feet moving and defensemen draped on him, also putting up some nice assists. He rode to the midline on a regular basis and also looks to have an ample lacrosse IQ. McGovern can add some size but otherwise has some attractive qualities in his game.

Matthew Brandau, A, Boys’ Latin (Md.)
After taking advantage of his playing time as a freshman on BL’s varsity, Brandau has seemed to carry that momentum forward to have a great start to the summer. He’s a heady player that sets up shots nicely, burying shots from 8-10 yards and often drawing the slide before dumping it off to cutting teammates for goals. Brandau sees the field impeccably and put in a lot of effort.

Will Kusnierek, M, Chaminade (N.Y.)
Kusnierek played with a lot of confidence and is said to have recently made a silent verbal commitment to a Top 20 school. He consistently made smart plays, which is sometimes difficult at individual events playing alongside unfamiliar teammates. Loved how he’d roll back to his left hand and got quality shots off or found an open teammate, demonstrating his vision. Can also play attack when called upon.

Kelan Duff, D, Culver (Ind.)
A verbal to Maryland reportedly set to re-class after transferring from Lake Forest (Ill.), Duff definitely impressed me with his defensive skill set. He’s a smooth and athletic 1-on-1 cover man, always keeping his stick out and front of him to make life difficult for opposing dodgers with hard checks. He was especially proficient around goal line extended, where he was able to turn his man with great upper body strength. Perhaps the best D guy at the event.

Brad Simas, M, Berwick Academy (N.H.)
I enjoyed Simas’ game after watching him at Baltimore Summer Kickoff and came away impressed with how he was able to perform at UMBC. It wasn’t always pretty with this kid but he got it done and put the ball in the back of the net with great frequency. Simas made hustle plays on GBs, legged it on clears and embraced contact, making the type of plays that wouldn’t show up on stat sheets but helped his team the most. Plays club for 3d New England.

Ben Girolamo, A, Pelham Memorial (N.Y.)
Liked what Girolamo brings to the table, even if he played much better in some games than he did in others. Hailing from NY’s Section 1, he’s a shifty carrier and sneaky off-ball shooter who looked comfortable dodging both at X and from the wings. Scored a handful of goals in the first game of the day.

Greyson Wolfram, M, Brunswick (Conn.)
Yet another promising midfield prospect out of the Brunswick School, Wolfram is a big, strong right-handed alley dodger who got to the hash and hammered shots where the goalie couldn’t get them.

Jonathan Ford, D, Bishop’s School (Calif.)
Ford, who is the grandson of former U.S. president Gerald Ford, has a game that jumps off the page right away. His size doesn’t wow you but he’s agile, athletic and possesses awesome stick work. He put the ball on the ground with great stick checks and then was an asset in the clearing game. Prospect to watch going forward for sure.

Roland Bryan, A, Cardigan Mountain (Vt.)

I’ve written up Bryan – a standout with the NH Tomahawks – before and he followed that up with an impressive few outings on Wednesday. He’s a really crafty lefty finisher, tossing in a first half hat trick on one occasion. Bryan finished rebounds, created goals off the ride and finished his catch-and-shoot chances. Off-ball player with a lot of potential.

Mason Bonnie, A, Deerfield (Mass.)
Matt Elder, A, Lake Norman (N.C.)
Zach Green, A, Calvert Hall (Md.)
Patrick Kavanagh, A, Chaminade (N.Y.)
Holden Patterson, A, Robinson (Va.)
Joseph White, A, Collegiate (Va.)
Quentin Buchman, M, Santa Margarita Catholic (Calif.)
Ben Garcia, M, Germantown Academy (Pa.)
John Geppert, M, Landon (Md.)
Keaton Jones, M, Westlake (Tex.)
Stew Hutchinson, M, Holderness (N.H.)
Sean Mahoney, M, Barren Collier (Fla.)
Ben Marquis, Culver Military (Ind.)
Ben Murtagh, M, Governor’s Academy (Mass.)
Robbie Olsen, M, Loyola Blakefield (Md.)
Luke Policke, M, Cedar Park (Tex.)
Austin Stewart, M, St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes (Va.)
Jake Biestek, D, Cardinal Gibbons (N.C.)
Jack Gump, D, Chelmsford (Mass.)
Jake Keller, D, Hun School (N.J.)
Robert Lobello, D, Marcellus (N.Y.)
Evan Malgier, LSM/D, St. Augustine Prep (N.J.)
Dom Mata, D, Regis Jesuit (Colo.)
Max Persico, D, Iona Prep (N.Y.)
Andrew Bonafede, G, Chaminade (N.Y.)
Chris Brandau, G, Boys’ Latin (Md.)
Chris Comfort, G, Hotchkiss (Conn.)
Kellan Cutting, G, Poway (Calif.)
Ryan Ness, G, Chatham (N.J.)
Eugene Yoon, G, Princeton Day (N.J.)

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