Division I Commits That Thrived At The Under Armour Underclass Games

Cmd8oV2UsAA5_I6The Recruiting Rundown team of evaluators was out in full force during Under Armour weekend, as three writers camped out on the sidelines for the four-day event, half of which fell during Division I’s new dead period. Between the three of us, we were able to cover every field, focusing mostly on 2017’s and 2018’s for rankings purposes.

In the end, New Jersey (6-1) emerged victorious in the Highlight Division, riding hot goalie play, opportunistic offense and stout D to capture a championship. In the Command Division, Baltimore finished undefeated on the weekend, ousting Philly in the final.

In case you missed it, check out Tal Bruno’s look at the most impressive uncommitted prospects in the 2019 and 2020 classes. In addition, Tourney Machine has a list of the scoring leaders: Command Division (’19s and ’20s) and Highlight Division (’17s and ’18s).
Scoreboards and brackets can be found here.

Ty’s Standouts

Malcolm Glendenning ’17, LSM, Philly / Chestnut Hill Academy (Pa.) – Boston U.
What a get for Ryan Polley and the Terriers. Tallying six goals on the weekend, Glendenning handles a longstick like it’s a toothpick, dangling past riding opponents and acting as a constant threat in transition. He showed awareness with the ball was in his stick, knowing when to go to the cage and when to dump to a teammate. When defending 1-on-1, he was a nuisance with precise checks that lodged the ball free, holding a bevy of talented midfielders in check throughout the weekend.

Bubba Fairman ’17, A, West / Deerfield Academy (Mass.) – Maryland
With 23 points in five games, Fairman was the most dominant player at the event,  continuing to make a strong case for even being a top three player in the country. A graduate of Brighton HS in Utah, the future Terp was just about unstoppable with his combination of size, foot speed, stick skills and playmaking ability, consistently producing against elite defensemen who surely grew tired of trying to cover him. He’s quick as a hiccup out of his dodge, creating separation and finishing with flair or finding the open man, a quality Fairman has greatly approved.

Owen Prybylski ’17, D, New Jersey / Westfield (N.J.) – Villanova
Named All-Tournament, Prybylski is the type of defenseman that you just want to keep watching. He plays with a persistent mean streak, handling other attackmen with his physicality, upper body strength and disruptive stick checks. Teaming up with Jared Reinson (Montgomery, N.J.) on Jersey’s backline, Prybylski was extremely vocal and never got caught ball-watching, playing his best ball on playoff Sunday.

Patrick Burkinshaw ’18, G, New England / Brunswick (Conn.) – Virginia 
Standing in between the benches during two of Burkinshaw’s halves, I couldn’t help but notice how frustrated opponents became at his prowess: he was stopping everything, regardless of release point, plane or velocity. In addition, he intimidated players with his size (around 6’3) and hugged the pipes when necessary to hinder any freebies that shooters tried to sneak past him.

Anthony DeMaio ’17, A, West / Brewster Academy (N.H.) – Boston U. 
Having set the California state record for career points, DeMaio is far from an unknown commodity, but he plays with a chip on his shoulder. The incoming PG from Coronado (Calif.) simply knows every time what it takes to beat his man, whether it’s a rollback, swim or face dodge, burying everything from ten yards and in. He’s slick and confident, executing just about every time he was on the field and finishing second (a tie) in goals at UA. On top of that, he was an asset when the ball was on the ground, using his pitbull mentality.

Connor Morin ’17, A, New Jersey / Morristown Beard (N.J.) – Notre Dame
Eventually named MVP of the tournament, Morin wasn’t at his best early on the tournament, and he’d probably agree with that statement. However, no one was better down the stretch or more important for their team, as the tall, ambidextrous dodger notched two goals and two assists to give Jersey the underclass crown. Morin is an excellent decision-maker, quarterbacking the offense and playing best when it mattered the most. He’s done enough to hold onto a high ranking, but I’d like to see him take over more games during the HS season before heading to South Bend.

TJ’s Standouts

Colin Hinton ’17, D, Washington D.C. / St. John’s College (D.C.) – Maryland
Hinton is a competitive defenseman who was all over the field in Sunday’s playoffs, making smart plays in the clearing game and playing sound position defense in the 6 v. 6.  One thing that stood out to me about his game was his off-ball skills, which are often overlooked at summer tournaments.  Countless times, the D.C. native displayed his high lacrosse IQ by anticipating skip passes and sliding under control to cover for another defender who had been beaten.  Although at the moment he has a thin frame, Hinton has all the tools to succeed at the next level and make an impact when he arrives on campus at College Park in a year.

Aidan Olmstead ’17, A, Upstate / Corning-Painted Post (N.Y.) – Loyola
The future Greyhound possesses phenomenal hands, vision, and quickness, which allowed him to rack up fourteen points over the course of the weekend, making him one of the top scorers at the event.  Although he’s only 5’9, Olmstead blows by defenders like they’re standing still and either finishes with his easy sidearm release or feeds open teammates that are cutting off-ball.  His vision was on full display when his team was man-up, and on one occasion he threw a ridiculous cross crease feed to an unmarked comrade on the backside that resulted in an effortless dunk. Olmstead has strong left-handed tendencies but is still a threat to go to his right, which he showcased on a beautiful backhanded goal against the South.

Nicky Solomon ’18, A, South / Centennial (Ga.) – North Carolina
Solomon was one of the most impressive players that I saw at the event, putting up twelve goals and five assists, making him the second leading scorer at the tournament.  The Atlanta area native can put up goals in bunches, as is evident from the 74 he scored this spring on his to way to earning Offensive Player of the Year honors in the state of Georgia.  He has a quick first step that allowed him to get topside with ease and can shots from the right wing with consistency. Solomon’s powerful shot was on full display in an upset win over Upstate, as he scored four goals with the most impressive one coming on a fast break when he nailed the top corner with an overhand shot that fired up the South’s sideline.   

Evan Riss ’17, D, Baltimore / Oakland Mills (Md.) – Ohio State
Riss was one of the few bright spots for a Baltimore team that failed to win a game at the tournament.  The physical righty is a complete defenseman who throws solid checks and has excellent feet that allow him to lockdown even the quickest of attackmen. The future Buckeye is a versatile pole who competed for contested ground balls in the middle of the field and was a threat to score in transition thanks to his phenomenal stick, which was on display all spring at Oakland Mills where he put up a whopping 80 points.  Riss is a natural born leader with a high motor who played tenacious but clean defense and brought energy to a team that desperately needed a spark.    

Alex Buckanavage ’17, A, New England / Brunswick (Conn.) – Michigan
Buckanavage is a crafty finisher around the cage who creates his own shot by using his speed and quickness to torch defenders time and time again.  He protects his stick well and rarely turns the ball over, as he has good field sense and understands how to use a defenders’ aggressiveness against him.  Because of his quick release, the future Wolverine is comfortable in traffic and finds ways to get shots off even when his man has a stick in his gloves.  Buckanavage has a strong lower body, which allows him to explode out of his split dodges and create offense from various spots on the field.  In a pool play game against the West, he darted down the left alley and threw a tremendous cross-field skip pass to a teammate who was left wide open on the doorstep.          

Jack Myers ’18, A, Washington D.C. / Gonzaga (D.C.) – Harvard
Myers is a tall, smooth righty who makes good decisions with the ball and has a solid overhand release that allows him to change planes effectively and light up the scoreboard.  He dodged hard to either hand from behind the cage and was lethal when he got to the island, finishing on a technically sound question mark dodge for a key second-half goal in his team’s upset win over the West in the quarterfinals.  In the semifinal matchup against New England, the Harvard verbal controlled the game with his heady play and crafty finishes, putting up four goals and two assists that earned D.C. a spot in the championship game.  Myers is a cerebral attackman who displays maturity beyond his years and was instrumental to his team’s run to the finals. 

August Johnson ’18, M, Southwest / Cheyenne Mountain (Colo.) – Air Force
Johnson is a 6’2 lefty who can bring it from downtown when he sets his feet and gets his hands free.  He recorded a hat trick in a consolation game against the South, with all three goals coming in a similar fashion.  The Air Force commit was a sniper on EMO, ripping one in the top right corner after receiving a nice skip pass that gave him enough time to step in and let it fly.  Johnson also proved that he was a capable feeder who could pick out the right pass if the defense focused too much on him.

Colby Barker ’17, M, Upstate / Pittsford (N.Y.) – Ohio State
The Rochester product  is a versatile midfielder with good size who excelled when driving down the left alley and unleashing hard sidearm shots on the run.  Barker tallied five goals in a game against the South, with the most impressive one coming when he put his shoulder down to create separation and finished with his off-hand from eight yards out.  He also scored coming off a mumbo screen later in the game that showed his ability to put the ball in the back of the net in a multitude of ways.  Barker, who was an all-county selection in football, should be a nice fit in Columbus due to his gritty style of play and willingness to compete at both ends of the field.      

Roman Puglise ’17, M, Washington, D.C. / Paul VI (Va.) – Maryland
Puglise is a physical downhill dodger who has a strong shot on the run that allowed him to rack up eight goals in tournament play.  He was one of the main catalysts for D.C.’s surprising playoff run, scoring three goals against the West that all came on powerful shots with his feet moving off of alley dodges.  The Maryland verbal was also a presence in the middle of the field and impacted a number of games by coming up with tough ground balls that secured possession for his team when they needed it the most.  Puglise is a good addition to Coach Tillman’s recruiting class and is the type of big alley dodger that should excel in the Big 10 in the future.     

Tal’s Standouts

Lance Tillman ’19, A, Southwest / Valor Christian (Co.) – UNC
Tillman is a crafty left-hander with decent size and a great understanding of the game. Polished stick skills and footwork allow Tillman to take advantage of his opportunities, finding the back of the net early and often. In one game I watched him play, I was awestruck as he reeled in an errant pass with his toes on the crease, finishing with a lefty twister for a goal. Tillman beats defenders with slick bump and roll dodging, shot releasing right out of the turn. He is a major scoring threat to opponents, and showed it this weekend as he tied for first in scoring with thirteen goals in four games.

Bryson Shaw ’19, M, Baltimore / Mt. St. Joseph’s (Md.) – Maryland
Another All-Tournament Midfielder and the tournament MVP of the Command division, Shaw is consistently productive in every aspect of the game. Always one of the best athletes on the field, Shaw impressed me with his speed and agility in transition, clearing the ball like he was shot out of a cannon. He has a blazing fast shot that found the back of the net three times in the championship game, which aided in Baltimore’s comeback after halftime. He plays a fast paced game, and has the physical attributes to continue his success in college.

Connor Shellenberger ’19, A, Washington, D.C. / St. Anne’s Belfield (D.C.) – Hopkins
Long and rangy for his age, Shellenberger brings the heat from deep on the right wing. With an underhand riser that comes out like a speeding bullet, the tall right-hander stings corners with his feet set. He creates for himself as well; utilizing quick split-roll dodges to free himself up. He’s lanky, but is strong and agile, beating defenders with slick footwork and change of direction. With eleven goals on the weekend, Shellenberger tied for third most goals in the tournament and secured a position on the All-Tournament squad.

Clay Lanham ’19, D, Washington, D.C. / Georgetown Prep (Md.) – UNC
Easily the best defenseman I was able to watch all weekend, Lanham made plays all over the field. A giant physically, he has spectacular footwork and speed, and pushes transition regularly as he blows by hoardes of riding opponents. Visibly comfortable handling the ball, Lanham remains cool under pressure, walking the dog to avoid stick checks as he strides up the sideline. He’s super athletic, but more impressive is his understanding of situations and the game itself. Lanham makes tough plays, but theyre the right plays, and he makes them look easy. A stalwart on the runner-up D.C. defensive unit, he also earned All-Tournament Defensive honors.

Brennan O’Neill ’20, A, Long Island / St. Anthony’s (N.Y.) – Penn State
A really impressive young player, O’Neill led the tournament in goals with thirteen. The only 2020 to earn All-Tournament honors, he stands out on every possession with his crafty, Canadian-esque style of play. He’s a big body with great feet and hands, and uses his physical gifts to his advantage. His dodges might include fake passes, fake shots, toe drags, rolls – you name it, he’ll do it with success. O’Neill lives up to the hype, and has the skill set to score goals in any situation. Even before he begins high school, the beastly lefty looks close to college ready, evidenced by his 90+ points in the nation’s toughest public school league. 

Lajhon Jones ’19, LSM/D, New England / LaSalle Academy (R.I.) – Bryant
Jones is a big, strong defender with size and speed to blanket opposing players. He plays the position like a middle linebacker, with great feet and positioning on ball. In transition, however, Jones flies up the field in a blur, handling the ball with confidence and poise. I was able to watch as he picked up a tough groundball in his defensive end, went coast to coast with it, and stuck a pivotal shot on the run. Jones is consistently dominant, and was also named to the All-Tournament Defensive unit for his impactful play throughout the tournament.

Bryson Rhee ’19, M, Philadelphia / Academy of New Church (Pa.) – Syracuse
Rhee is a sniper with great range on his shots, finding scoring opportunities in a variety of ways. With time and room, the ‘Cuse-bound prospect can step down to uncork one, but he’s just as dangerous on the move, tying for sixth overall in tournament scoring statistics. With eight goals and four assists on the weekend, Rhee found himself amongst the most effective offensive scorers. He was also named to the All-Tournament Midfield in the Command division, a prestigious recognition in itself.

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