Now in the third year of the event and put on by former Drexel standout LC Moerschel and the True Minnesota crew, the Twin Cities Showcase went down last week at Eden Prairie HS outside of Minneapolis. A multitude of college coaches – including top 20 programs Denver, Yale, Virginia, Princeton and Marquette – were on hand to coach up the upper Midwest’s promising talent through a series of drills before moving on to game play. Boston University, Furman, Jacksonville, Lafayette, Mt. St. Mary’s, Providence, Rutgers and Quinnipiac also attended, as did a number of DII and DIII schools. It was awesome to get out to a relatively untapped non-traditional area and see what they had to offer and I plan on coming back until they get tired of me.
Here’s who stood out:
Luke Anderson ’16, M, Lakeville North (Minn.)
Considered to be one of the very best players in the state, the Marquette commit was definitely considered the best player at the event. A horse of a midfielder, Anderson made some great plays with either hand, played hard-nosed defense up top, swarmed groundballs and showed great decision-making on both ends. His shot on the run will need some work (though he canned some shots with a quick release off the rollback), but Anderson was a reliable step-down shooter. Excellent offensive building block for the Marquette coaching staff.
Luke Dennen ’16, M, Cathedral (Ind.)
After putting up 70 points in the spring, Dennen has been picking up some buzz on the recruiting circuit, especially after reportedly putting together a nice campaign at Hotbeds. He did a wonderful job creating separation, playing his tail off and racking up goals while showing an awesome lacrosse IQ that stood out from the other players in attendance. Dennen made the most of catch-and-shoot opportunities, but was also athletic and fleet-footed enough to break down his man. From what I gather, he’s very open to PGing to become a member of the 2017 class.
Eric Rasch ’17, LSM, Wheaton Warrenville North (Ill.)
Really enjoyed watching the play of Rasch, who was converted from middie for longpole out of necessity for the True National team. A big athlete (at least 6-foot-3 or so) who looks the part, he jumped off the page from the start and appeared to get better as the showcase went on. Understandably so, his cover skills are raw but he has plenty of tools to work with, showing an outstanding motor and determination between the lines when going after GB’s. Rasch buried the Braveheart game-winner in the semis during team play.
Mike Bocher ’18, A/M, Culver (Ind.)
Bocher was talked about a ton by the coaches in attendance and for good reason. A bruising midfielder who is rough around the edges but athletic as can be, he made a plethora of impressive plays as a workhorse with a promising offensive skill set. Loved how often he’d drop the hammer on an opposing player and was a stud in transition who went hard to the cage. Will apparently transfer to Culver after being home-schooled for a number of years.
Keegan Logan ’18, M, Cathedral (Ind.)
A shifty, slashing dodger with excellent stick skills, Logan put himself in the position to score with regularity as his team’s primary initiator. He got a little too cute at times with behind-the-back dodges and a few other unnecessary moves but was otherwise a dangerous ballcarrier who made some nice plays when inverted. Would be great at the attack spot as well, which seems to be his natural position.
Colin McDonald ’17, LSM, Naperville Central (Ill.)
McDonald was fun to watch when the ball was in his stick, handling his longpole like it was a toothpick when chugging upfield. He showed awesome speed after getting the ball off the carpet and also demonstrated an offensive reportoire at times. Loved how he’d keep his stick in the passing lanes to get INT’s and push the ball upfield.
Liam Duff ’17, LSM/D, Culver (Ind.)
One of the few commits at the Twin Cities Showcase (he pledged to Delaware last July), the Illinois native played beyond his years at LSM and continually gave his team possessions with huge groundballs off the wings. He took long strides upfield and protected the ball after taking it away from opposing midfielders. Duff’s 1-on-1 defense could improve, but he’s an absolute steal for Delaware.
OTHERS WHO IMPRESSED
Cooper Prawdzik ’19, LSM/D, Loyola Academy (Ill.)
Andrew Chvatal ’18, M, Eastview (Minn.) – AIR FORCE
Peyton Mohr ’16, M, Barrington (Ill.)
Alex Przybilla ’16, A, Rogers (Minn.)
Noah Moderwell ’16, A, Libertyville (Ill.)
Tyler Wenck ’17, M, Farmington (Minn.)
Amar Batra ’16, M, Wayzata (Minn.)
T.J. Pottinger, M/FO, Hastings (Minn.)
Connor Bateman ’16, D, Eastview (Minn.)
John Myran ’17, M, St. Thomas Academy (Minn.)
Scott Zaccagnini ’16, M, Hopkins (Minn.)
Carter Kensinger, LSM/D, Aquinas (Kan.)
Blake Barta ’16, F/O, Minnetonka (Minn.)