Jonathan Hardin comes into the National Lacrosse League entry draft having taken a route different from most. He hasn’t played much, if any, box lacrosse and he didn’t play after his playing days in high school were finished 2 years ago. But he’s kept his wheels in shape with club lacrosse and when it comes right down to it, he’s chasing a dream. “I’m 2 years removed from the sport but being a professional lacrosse player has been a dream of mine since I was in high school and I wish to complete it,” he told ILIndoor.com. He’s a left-hander out of Neptune, N.J. and with 220 pounds packed on to his frame, there’s no doubt he’s willing to throw it around to get the job done. All he’s waiting for is to hear his name called come draft day on Sept. 16 in Oakville, Ont.
From: Neptune, NJ, USA
Junior A: Never played at that level
What do you feel your greatest asset is that would allow you to translate your game to the NLL? I would have to say it’s my intimidating defensive play.
One word to describe your game? Smash
What role/position do you see yourself playing in the NLL? All defensive and a little bit of transition when I feel on fire.
What current or former NLLer would you most closely compare or model your game after? I can’t and don’t wish to compare myself to anyone else but only myself because it is such a high level of play in the game of lacrosse. I want to just make my own lane for myself and give back to others the way this game has given to me.
Your greatest accomplishment during your lacrosse career? My greatest accomplishment is small because I only played in high school and men’s club ball in the ALL but my biggest is earning a spot in the Adidas Underclassmen games. I wasn’t able to play in the tournament though but it got me a lot of recruiting coming out of high school.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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