OLA Junior A scoring champ and co-MVP Dhane Smith and 2011 Minto Cup MVP Curtis Knight lead the list of players officially renouncing their remaining collegiate eligibility to enter the National Lacrosse League Entry Draft on October 1. Smith scored 38 goals and 69 assists to top the OLA charts with 107 points this summer. After his Braves were eliminated in the first round of playoffs, he joined the MSL Kodiaks and fit in well playing against men. He’s considered a certain first-round pick in the draft and is speculated as a possible future teammate of his cousin Billy Dee Smith with the Buffalo Bandits, who pick fifth. Dhane was primarily a forward but played frequently out the back door for both teams and is projected as a transition player in the pro league.
Knight tied for fourth in the league in scoring with 95 points this summer and was named to the all-star team. He starred in the Whitby Warriors 2011 Minto Cup win. Knight spent most of his time in junior lacrosse at forward but is also an accomplished defender and dangerous transition player.
Other notable names from the OLA Jr A ranks include Wenster (Robert) Green and Joel Matthews of the Six Nations Arrows and Cody McMahon of the Orangeville Northmen.
A pair of players from the BCJALL champion Coquitlam Adanacs appear on the list. Defender Tyler Garrison was the team’s captain and 6′4″, 300-pound goalie Davide Diruscio was a standout for them throughout the season.
Defender Matt Hummel of the Kitchener-Waterloo Kodiaks and lefty forward Caleb Wiles of the Brooklin Redmen are MSL players worth keeping an eye on in the draft.
The full list of renouncing players can be see at NLL.com.Stamp is a TV sports announcer and lacrosse lover whose skill set made him a defender but who always dreamed of being a goal-scorer. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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