NLL Entry Draft: Hello, My Name Is … AJ Pellis

AJ Pellis
AJ Pellis

AJ Pellis has done many things in lacrosse, at many levels. The right-hander out of Edmonton played Junior A and went to 2 Minto Cups with the Edmonton Miners. He’s played Sr. B in Alberta and this past summer, finished fourth in league scoring with the Edmonton Outlaws. And before that, he played 4 seasons of Division III field lacrosse at Ohio Wesleyan University. Up next? The National Lacrosse League, he hopes. The exposure he’s had in the game at various levels has taken his game to be the type of game that it is: well-rounded. He can provide points for his team, there’s little doubt about that after his 55-point (20-35) summer with the Outlaws. But run him out the back door and he’ll take care of business there as well. And the best part of it all? He doesn’t care where you send him, as long as you send him. The kid just wants to play lacrosse whether it’s between the lines or in the corners, but the place he most wants to find himself on Sept. 16 is on the draft list of a National Lacrosse League team.

AJ Pellis

Height: 5”11
Weight: 190
Position: Transition/Offense
Shoots: Right
From: Edmonton, Alberta
Junior A: Edmonton Miners

What do you feel your greatest asset is that would allow you to translate your game to the NLL? I can score when on offense or special teams, and put up good numbers, but I also try to have an impact all over the floor whether that is on the back end, in transition or on pick up team. I try to do a lot of the little things like going into the corners, opening up space for other guys, and getting back to stop breaks. Even though I am primarily an offensive player I have played both ways in junior and I feel I can be put in any position and play.

One word to describe your game? Rounded

What role/position do you see yourself playing in the NLL? Offensive guy, but willing to play anywhere

What current or former NLLer would you most closely compare or model your game after? A guy like Jordan Hall, even though he may not lead the league in scoring, he still plays a big role in scoring and also does all the intangible things that help a team win. Being able to play on pick up team, get back in transition and move the ball up the floor all while still helping contribute offensively.

Your greatest accomplishment during your lacrosse career? I would say going to the NCAA Tournament all four years I played at Ohio Wesleyan University, even though we didn’t win a championship it was pretty cool to play in that all four years.

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 bob.chavez@nllinsider.com or go to RochesterSports.com.

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