Going down at Marymoor Park in Redmond outside of Seattle (one of the more beautiful areas I’ve traveled to during the never-ending recruiting circuit), Adrenaline once again hosted their High Rollers Northwest for a number of recruiters. Flying West to run positional clinics for all of the players in attendance, Division I schools such as UNC, Loyola, Brown, Providence, Drexel, Bryant, Boston U., Hofstra, Rutgers, Mt. St. Mary’s and Lafayette made it a point to end the summer trail at Adrenaline’s annual showcase.
I was on hand during Thursday’s drills and gameplay to take in the regional talent on hand. Check below for who stood out and also make sure to check out the new Summer Hub, which details each event covered over the last two months.
Parker Johnson ’16, A, New Westminster Secondary (B.C.)
From what I was told, Johnson struggled a bit in Wednesday’s session but then really started to thrive based on what I saw out of the Canuck the following day. He’s crafty and possesses deceptive speed and an awesome, rapid overhand release. By my count, he had three goals in the first half of the game I saw and also tossed out some pretty assists.
Alex Indelicato ’17, A, Kamiak (Wash.)
Loved what I saw from Indelicato, who was a late add to the rosters but demonstrated his skills in a major way. He’s not big by any means, though he constantly got underneath his man when dodging from X, showed soft hands in close and had a wonderful hitch move. Buried one diving goal and then followed it up with a nice play or two while riding relentlessly.
Andrew Tippett ’19, G, Monroe (Wash.)
This kid was one that I heard rave reviews from the West Coast Starz coaching staff heading into High Rollers. I left with a lasting impression of what he brings to the table – he’s a fairly tall lefty who talked extremely well to the defense in front of him, hugged the pipes, showed strong technique and made some great point-blank saves. On top of that, liked how he’d calmly throw clearing passes to breaking midfielders to act as the catalyst of the transition game. Phenomenal goalie prospect in the 2019 class that will be fun to watch going forward.
Ryan Dergousoff ’18, FO/M, Westsyde Secondary (B.C.)
Another native British Columbia who trekked over the border for High Rollers NW, Dergousoff was rather automatic at the face-off dot, often popping it forward and picking up the ground ball. When in a scrum, it was almost always Dergousoff’s, using excellent grit, body positioning and an impressive motor. Hear he’s also earned himself a nice reputation playing with the Burnaby Mountain Selects in the past.
Brendan Bice ’19, M, Skyline (Wash.)
The local product looks to be a rising freshman to watch coming out of the West Coast, blessed with athleticism, toughness and hard midfield dodging. Bice is a confident shooter who also followed up his rebounds nicely for garbage goals, changed planes on his shots and showed completeness by gobbling up loose balls in the middle of the field and got it upfield. Posted a hat trick in one game.
Justin Nguyen ’18, G, Scripps Ranch (Calif.)
In comparison to the other players at the camp, Nguyen traveled a long way for the event and that decision absolutely seemed to pay off for him. Other coaches spoke highly of what he did when in groups (as well as his technique) and during gameplay, he turned away everything by putting on display his athleticism, quick reflexes plus poise on close range shots. Did a solid job communicating but will only need to improve his outlets, though that’s always a factor that’s difficult for a goalie at individual showcases.
Benjamin Luke ’19, A, Mount Si (Wash.)
Playing at a lesser known school, here’s a young recruit to watch from about 45 minutes outside of Seattle. After getting settled, he started to make impressive play after impressive play, using strong left-handed tendencies and burying a pair of nice shots offside hip to make life difficult for opposing goalies. He’s somewhat of a volume shooter but very impressive off-ball (and riding) for a player at his age.