One of the biggest questions of this National Lacrosse League offseason has been Cody Jamieson. Will he or won’t he? Well, it’s looking more and more like he will … go back to school at Syracuse University. The talent-rich attackman, who scored the overtime winner for Syracuse in the NCAA Division I championship game and would most certainly have been the No. 1 overall draft pick in the Sept. 9 NLL draft, apparently is forgoing a pro career for now and opting for school. “Cody has decided to return to Syracuse,” Lewis Staats, president of the Rochester Knighthawks told Rochester’s Democrat and Chronicle in Thursday’s editions. Why?
“He’s a symbol for young people at Six Nations,” Staats told the newspaper. “He wants to be the first product of our lacrosse program to graduate from a four-year Division I school.”
Without a doubt, that’s important for Jamieson and he knows what kind of example he’s setting. He admits he took the torch from Marshall Abrams, the defenseman out of Onondaga who starred for the SU teams in the late 1990s, and Jamieson wears No. 43 on his jersey to honor Abrams. And as well as he understands how to score goals, Jamieson knows too how important it is to set goals in life and how important his actions are to the many kids at Six Nations who look to him as a role model.
Still, it had to be a tough decision for the 5-foot-9, 200-pound left-hander. His uncle is Curt Styres, who owns the Knighthawks and the two are close. The Knighthawks have the top two picks in this year’s draft, meaning he could have been playing for his uncle, not to mention he almost certainly would have been NLL teammates with good friend Sid Smith, the Six Nations defender who the Knighthawks almost assuredly would use their No. 2 pick on.
It’s no secret that Styres encouraged Jamieson to return to school for his fourth and final year of NCAA eligibility. And it’s not like he hasn’t had success in the NCAA. He won a pair of NJCAA titles at Onondaga Community College before helping the Orange to the 2009 title. Once he did that, he returned to Six Nations to play Major Series Lacrosse with the Chiefs, where he tore up the league to win the scoring title with 48 goals and 48 assists for 98 total points. That was 15 points better than runner-up Josh Sanderson, and Jamieson played in just 17 regular-season games, one fewer than Sanderson.
There’s been a ton of speculation about Jamieson’s plans. The fact that the Knighthawks had the top two picks in the draft led many to believe Jamieson’s pro career would get started this season. And with the Aug. 31 deadline for players to declare themselves eligible for the draft looming, the speculation had kicked into a higher gear. But the words from Staats appears to have Jamieson heading back to SU, where he’s majoring in communication and rhetorical studies.
So where does that leave the Knighthawks? We’ll find out for sure on Sept. 9, but all indications now are pointing to Sid Smith and Zack Greer, the former Duke University and Bryant University star who played Major League Lacrosse this summer with the Long Island Lizards. Greer battled through some injuries and time on injured reserve to play in five games, scoring 12 goals with 2 assists for the Lizards.
We’re still trying to track down official word from Jamieson, so stay tuned to NLLInsider.com and InsideLacrosse.com for more details as we get them.Chavez is an avid lacrosse player in Rochester and a journalist for the Democrat and Chronicle as well as a longtime Inside Lacrosse contributor. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or go to RochesterSports.com.
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