3d Blue Chip: West Regional Camp Standouts
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3d Blue Chip West Regional Camp was held in Phoenix, Arizona, the weekend of January 22-24, bringing more than 400 players to the Grand Canyon State for the third weekend of the premiere winter training program that also helps serve as a feeder program to the prestigious Jake Reed Nike Blue Chip Camp held each summer in Maryland.
3d Rising will be on hand at each of the five 3d Blue Chip camps, taking in the sights, observing the players during instruction and scrimmages, networking with the coaches working the camp and taking action photos too. Lax.com will be vending the event’s custom Nike apparel, while Elevation Video is shooting the activity on the field (including the games).
Here’s a look at some of the players who shined at the third weekend of 3d Blue Chip. Please note that a player being highlighted here DOES NOT indicate that he has been invited to Jake Reed’s Nike Blue Chip Camp. Visit 3dRising.com for photos from each weekend of the event.
John Blevins, Defense, Watterson (Ohio)/BlackJack Elite, 2017
At 3d Blue Chip West, Blevins showed himself to be an aggressive on-ball defender. He threw hard checks throughout the camp and harassed the ball carrier. He really made it clear he was after the ball. Blevins showed good foot speed but even better energy. He had a really nice caused turnover, using a lift check to dislodge the ball and put it on the ground.
Will Beightol, Defense, Santa Barbara (Calif.)/SBLA High School Elite, 2017
Beightol had a nice weekend at the 3d Blue Chip West Regional Camp, standing out as a leader on defense who took charge and impressed in a number of ways. We watched/heard him communicate on a good quick slide he landed. He threw a big hit on another. We saw him use a lift check on a dodging player. He did a effective job with his approach staying square to the ball, keeping his body balanced and in control. But he also moved his feet quickly. He really stood out for his communication as he tried to help keep the defense on the same page.
Patrick McNeil, Midfield, Brophy College Prep (Ariz.)/West Coast Starz, 2017
We saw a limited amount of McNeil at the camp, but what we did get to see was a good look at an athletic midfielder with size and fluidity. He showed tremendous hustle from box to box, a long and lean runner who can glide. He showed off an excellent righty shot on the run and his dodges for shots were smooth as he has a nice big winding cradle and a long, powerful release. He can let it fly while on the move. Off the ball, he cut hard into space and he’s able to catch quickly with some soft hands. McNeil was a 2015 First-Team All-State selection in Arizona.
Michael Burwell, Midfield, Brother Rice (Mich.)/Juiced Cherries, 2017
Burwell proved himself to be one of the hardest working, most competitive midfielders in the 2017/2018 group at the 3d Blue Chip West Regional Camp. He showed good IQ as a hard dodger who used a split effectively and showed passing abilities out of his dodges. He showed smart timing in how he dodged and then passed it when moving the defense. Defensively, Burwell absolutely busted his tail getting back in and working on the ball. He stepped up when challenged by one of the top midfielders at the camp and had a great showing playing against him. He ended up banged up on Sunday and saw limited time but we liked what we saw of him on Friday and Saturday. Burwell plays hard on both ends of the field.
Derek Nedland, Defense/LSM, Libertyville (Ill.)/Libertyville Warriors, 2017
Nedland is a long, springy defender who had a good weekend at 3d Blue Chip with his ability to make plays up top and in the middle of the field. He gets his legs moving and his stick up to get involved in plays and can separate himself from other players with his long bounding legs. He helped create a turnover that led to a goal. He’s a hustler and showed decent skills to go along with his build. He played both close and longstick but showcased a skillset and physical makeup that is more suited for longpole. He’s at least 6-foot-1 and 165 pounds and can be a big presence in between the lines.
Max Rogers, Midfield, DeSmet Jesuit (Mo.)/Carolina Cannons, 2017
Rogers shined at the 3d Blue Chip West cam as a high-percentage face-off man who was also dangerous with the ball in his stick, looking totally capable of playing offense when he came up with it and began cradling into he box like a smooth-dodging midfielder. Rogers played offense comfortably and effectively – he swept to the middle for a goal. He hustled all the time and moved his feet throughout his carries and, before you know it, he’d have gotten himself to the cage. He played defense and worked hard to make plays, again always moving his feet. He ran the offense installed at the camp and was successful within it. In the middle of the field, he was excellent, and though not the most dominant draw man at the camp, he was the most offensively skilled.
Jackson Zerba, Attack, Bellingham (Wash.)/Steelhead Select, 2017
Zerba’s weekend saw him come around and play much better in the second half as he got into the swing of the offense. The lefty became more aggressive on his dodges as he worked himself into the installed offense and showed speed as he moved around on the field with and without the ball. He’s got a nice shot and showed that off with a good-looking time-and-room rip. He showed off a good sense for the cage and awareness of others and the ability to flick the ball. He can be slick and can get to his hard lefty shot, and he changes his release points. Zerba knows how to snap it and can set himself up with some crafty dodges, which are helped by his quick feet and good balance.
Peter Jacus, Goalie, New Trier (Ill.)/Team One, 2017
Jacus showed well at the 3d Blue Chip West camp as a keeper with quick hands and who communicates with the defense well. He was steady in making repeated saves in the cage. He showed quick footwork resetting his feet as the ball was humming from the middle to the wings and back up. Jacus was sound all weekend.
Preston Jack Devine, Midfield, Bellarmine Prep (Calif.)/3d NorCal, 2018
Devine shined at the 3d Blue Chip West camp as a well-rounded, skilled midfielder who can play all day long and get up and down the field. He’s a rugged workhorse, but is a balanced, effective dodger too. He threw all kinds of skills out there, using S-dodges, redodging by opening the front of his body up then squaring back up on the man. He scored with a righty shot on the run. He used a face dodge and overhand shot to score another. He was all over the ball off the wing on face-offs and can be a pinball coming through traffic on the clear. He threw a great look back fake while leading one clear. He passed off the dodge too, making a feed off a hitch on one series. Defensively, he was very tough, one time shutting down an inverted midfielder behind the cage, showing his grit and excellent feet.
Gavin Gerbershagen, Attack, Capo Valley (Calif.)/Wild Horse and 3d Orange County, 2018
Gerbershagen showed well at the 3d Blue Chip West Regional Camp as a right-handed attackman with a well-rounded overall game. He’s smaller in size but shined in a number of ways for his skill. He was sneaky and opportunistic off the ball. He hustled with and without the ball. He carried it with his head up and showed field awareness and directed the offense. He took a defender one-on-one to the rack, finishing a nice, quick inside roll. Gerbershagen played unselfish lacrosse and impressed throughout the weekend.
Cam Hancock, Midfield, Mountain Vista (Colo.)/3d Colorado, 2018
Hancock showed himself to be a quick, shifty, slashing dodger of a midfielder who appears to have a full bag of hybrid lacrosse skills: lever passes, pump fakes, wind-ups, hesitations, the ability to redodge after resetting himself up to attack again after an initial dodge. He’s not big, but plays with IQ and plays fast every possession. He used his ability to redodge to get underneath defenders. We watched him score a leaner goal. He fought for groundballs showing toughness and hustle. And the lefty battled on defense. He was banged up Sunday but impressed in the time we saw him Friday and Saturday through the training and instruction and then into game play.
Cooper Isaacs, Attack, LSM/Defense, Agoura (Calif.)/LA Mavs, 2018
Isaacs turned in a really nice weekend as an impressive left-handed longstick midfielder who can hustle his way around the field and make an impact thanks to his good stick. He can play the ball, pressuring it relentlessly, just about anywhere on the field. He can really pressure out and can get involved in a lot of plays thanks to his high-end motor and quick hands and feet. Isaacs proved to be aggressive on groundballs and collected a whole bunch of them over the course of the weekend. He can run right through the ball or quickly change direction after grabbing one to keep himself clear of trouble and run up the field or send it up. He pushed it hard in transition. Isaacs was one of the more enjoyable players to watch in the 2018 group at the 3d Blue Chip West camp.
Justin Lane, Midfield, Hellgate (Mont.)/Rhino Lacrosse Montana, 2018
Lane had a great weekend at the 3d Blue Chip West Regional Camp as a big, strong player who can run hard and create offense out of his dodges thanks to skill and an understanding of how to use his body and stick. He used a belly/redodge maneuver to get inside his man and score. The lefty scored with a leaner on a hard take. He used a step-away move to get his hands and body free to score on another play. He scored in a number of different ways throughout the weekend. He has a good stick and can use it as he’s dodging to create looks for himself. At about 6-foot-3, 180 pounds, he was a challenging matchup for most defenders in the midfield. The big man put up six goals and three assists in his high school team’s state championship victory last season.
Justin Lehman, Attack, San Marcos (Calif.)/3d LA, 2018
A right-handed attackman, Lehman shined for his overall skillset at the 3d Blue Chip West Regional Camp. He was smart off the ball, cutting hard to space and using back cuts. He back cut to catch and finish on one play we witnessed. He timed his cuts right and gave the feeder a real quality look. As a dodger, he was dangerous, showing comfort with a variety of techniques. He used a rocker to get a step on his man and pushed a lever pass for an assist. He dodged from X and used a hard inside roll to beat his man and score. Showing off his vision, he would dodge and then look to the follow for the assist. Lehman is on the smaller side but plays with smarts and show upside thanks to his skill.
Connor Pierce, Midfield, Crespi Carmelite (Calif.)/3d LA, 2018
Pierce showed well at the 3d Blue Chip West Regional Camp as an aggressive dodger who used different moves to get to shots and showed off a strong shot on the run that he scored with more than once. He can really pull it with his right hand and did so while dodging downhill and showed good placement with a low-and-away yank at one point. Another time, he used a face dodge to set himself up for a quality shot. He showed some range on his shot and can snap it to make it hard for goalies to track. Another time, he came up with a tough groundball and took it right in to score. He was assertive with the ball in his stick and was persistent in looking to create offense when he was dodging.
Macchio Rissone, Attack, Pacific Palisades (Calif.)/3d LA, 2018
This kid put up a whole bunch of goals over the course of the weekend at 3d Blue Chip West. Rissone is a finisher for sure and didn’t look to dodge one-on-one, but rather was able to consistently get himself open off the crease and be a good target for his teammates, who were able to find him time and time again inside of the offense installed at the camp. He showed great hands and good smarts off the ball and by finding space and making plays. The lefty brings decent size to the field and showed shooting talent. Last spring, he put up 68 goals for his high school team.
Alexander Roland, Defense, Phoenix Country Day (Ariz.)/3d Arizona, 2018
Roland stood out at 3d Blue Chip for his ability to lead the defense and communicate effectively. He was literally putting people in the right places. He has a tall, lanky build that helps him get out and reach into the stick. On slides, he can get there and get his stick on the hands fast. He slid to a dodger to cause a turnover when we were watching. The right-hander showed good one-on-one defense, using a V-hold and keeping a low base. Defensive instruction at the camp included teaching players to get sideways and in the hub off the ball, and Roland effectively demonstrated a knowledge and use of that technique.
Luke Sawyer, LSM/Defense, Denver East (Colo.)/3d Colorado, 2018
Sawyer had a good run at the 3d Blue Chip West Regional Camp as a hustler with the long pole who showed well in the middle of the field and on the back half of the field. He was excellent running off the wing line during the draws. He was quick to groundballs and showed a good handle, pump faking when he was clearing to give himself some room and time to further the clear. He was smart when working the ball in transition, making a pass that resulted in an easy one-more to set up a goal. He showed an awareness of his man and the ball when playing off the ball, with his head on a swivel. He worked the ball carrier pretty well too when playing the man. Sawyer had a good weekend overall.
Spencer Whinery, Attack, Thousand Oaks (Calif.)/3d LA, 2018
Whinery showed himself to be an athletic attackman who goes to the cage with determination and has fast hands. He’s wiry and showed good legs to be able to repeatedly attack the cage at full speed and use rolls and work the two-man game. He did just that for a nice looking goal at 3d Blue Chip West, rolling back off of his dodges and using a pick to get free and score. He likes to use his back and, though maybe sometimes he worked it longer than he should have, he managed to make plays and scored a lot of goals throughout the weekend. He tossed a couple behind-the-backs in there. His shot close to the cage was blistering and tough to stop. Whinery was also a productive distributor, unselfishly passing the ball and racking up at last six assists we were able to see.
Marco Napolitano, Defense, Carmel Valley (Calif.)/Brady’s Bunch, 2019
Napolitano is a tall and athletic defender who can be a patient, disciplined on-ball defender and therefore very effective. We observed his careful tendencies on the ball in numerous situations and he repeatedly was calculated in his approach and showed good flexion in the hips. When one ball carrier stopped his feet for a second, Napolitano was all over him, hanging him up, putting the ball on the ground and then hammering down with a hard chop to go after the ball. His stick is active and we watched him pick off a pass with ease. He was smart to recognize a pick and communicated that he was going to get through it. He cranked it up a notch for groundballs, where he was an animal. He was careful with the ball too and played smart, tough lacrosse throughout the weekend.
Zachary Tripp, Attack, Agoura (Calif.)/LA Maveriks, 2019
Tripp had a strong showing at the 3d Blue Chip West camp as a hard-dodging right-handed attackman who was effective going to the cage and setting up teammates. He pulled off a great dodge, beating his man, getting through the slide and a hard check. He used a hitch to set himself up for a shot. He could turn the corner and got off good shots that way. He saw the field and looked to make a heady passes within the flow of the offense. We watched him whip a perfect pass in transition for an assist, too. Riding, Tripp was excellent and threw a big time hit that was clean and impressive. He hustles and makes plays because of it.
Kyle Adelmann, Defense, St. Ignatius Prep. (Calif.)/Alcatraz Outlaws, 2019
Adelmann shined at the 3d Blue Chip West Regional Camp as a highly talented long pole who can handle the stick and nag the ball carrier relentlessly. Adelmann racked up caused turnovers in a variety of ways throughout the camp. He showed excellent balance on the ball, allowing him to get all over the gloves and stick and shove hard. On the ground, his stick was seemingly automatic in swallowing the ball up. He pushed transition and was comfortable on offense, showing that he has a good enough stick to be a savvy goal scorer. The righty put a few in the net at 3d Blue Chip.
Alex Pistorious, Attack, Torrey Pines (Calif.)/West Coast Starz, 2019
Pistorious, a lefty attackman, showed well at 3d Blue Chip West as a good dodger and feeder and also a capable finisher. He repeatedly dodged hard to the cage and created offense for himself or threw a good pass to a cutting teammate. He made the defense react. He showed a good knowledge and execution of the swing pick concept taught in the instruction. He scored on a nice time-and-room shot as well.
Michael Quillen, Attack, Cherry Creek (Colo.)/3d Colorado, 2019
Quillen proved himself to be a good time-and-shooter and a player who likes contact and is excellent inside, which he demonstrated at the 3d Blue Chip West Camp. We watched him step in a unload with his hard right-handed shot. He later caught a pass outside and in a big winding motion ripped a sidearm shot to the top right corner. He showed the ability to catch and finish inside with little room and with contact. He almost seemed to enjoy and desire the physical play. Quillen proved to be one of the better pure goal scorers at the event.
Connor Thornton, Goalie, Boulder (Colo.), 2019
Thornton had a strong 3d Blue Chip West showing with a good weekend full of saves. He was very consistent on shots coming from 12 yards and out, making those saves look routine. He also showed himself to be quick and hard to beat in tight, dropping low to deny some high-percentage shots on the door step. Thornton threw good outlet passes and was comfortable in the clearing game.
Luke Welch, Attack, Del Norte (Calif.)/3d San Diego, 2019
Welch stood out as talented left-handed attackman who has a hard, accurate shot on the run and a really slick stick. He’s able to catch and let it fly and plays with his stick back, ready to pass, fake, shoot, or hurt you somehow. He’s always scanning the field and makes hard passes to cutters. He used a hesitation move to throw off defenders. In transition, he pushed it and was really consistent and making plays in those uneven scenarios. Welch is a good athlete at this early stage and that helps separate him as a dodger and shooter. We saw him pull off a gorgeous play, using a stutter step atop the box, throwing a behind-the-back fake and then slinging a sidearm shot into a top corner. A short time later, we watched him smash a goal in transition. He was one of the more impressive attackmen in this group and racked up all sorts of goals and assists.
Nick Whittall, Attack, Lindfield (Calif.)/3d San Diego, 2019
Whittall showed himself at 3d Blue Chip West to be a hard-dodging X attackman who can really push hard and make accurate feeds while trying to get a step. He can get up the field quickly and challenge to get topside. He turned the corner and finished shots with good placement. He was able to bounce off a defender and get another angle on the dodge and keep challenging. He threw numerous accurate passes off of hard dodges. Watching Whittall in one game, he dodged at full speed and pumped the ball to a cutter for an assist twice in short time. He sees the field and makes decisions quickly with the ball.
Jack McFarlane, Midfield, Mountain Vista (Colo.)/3d Colorado, 2019
McFarlane showed well at 3d Blue Chip West as an athletic presence in the midfield who can dodge and get up and down the field and make plays. He’s talented with his stick when carrying up the field and can pull off the acrobatic play. On offense, he is patient, but shows his athleticism as dodger. He showed a good left-to-right split at the 3d Blue Chip West camp.
Phillip Wides, Goalie, All Souls (Colo.)/Panthers, 2019
Wides is a good-sized goalie who hugs the pipe really well and showed good overall speed and athleticism in and out of the cage. He gets big in the cage and doesn’t give shooters a lot to work with. He stood out in the clearing game, even taking the ball the length of the field to score an unassisted goal.
Brogan Balasubramani, Defense, Grant (Ore.)/3d Oregon, 2019
Balasubramani shined at the 3d Blue Chip West Regional Camp as a fundamentally sound, patient defender who brings a good mix of size, athleticism and skill to the field. The right-handed defender is sound on the ball and uses his reach and good feet to play good position. He made plays all weekend just being smart and using opportunistic checks and staying disciplined for the most part. He showed how athletic he can be by going after ground balls and then working up the field with some speed. He was observed to be a vocal leader through the training and in games. Balasubramani matched up against some of the more talented, athletic players at the camp and more than held his own in a number of situations. He had an excellent overall weekend at the camp.
Kenny Snyder, Defense, O’Dea (Wash.)/Seattle Starz, 2019
Snyder stood out at 3d Blue Chip West for his recognition as an aggressive slider and a defender with patience and effective checks. He is very tough on the ball and uses his stick and his hands to keep attacking the ball carrier as he moves laterally and keeps his base low. He has soft hands and handles the stick well on the clear. He can throw a lot of checks in flurries. He has a nasty streak and he showed that at times throughout Blue Chip. He kept himself involved in the play and seemed to command the defense at times. The lefty played smart lacrosse with his slides, timing on checks, handle on groundballs and his legs in transition.
Carson Capps, Defense, Merritt (Colo.)/Colorado Wild, 2019
Capps displayed good feet through the weekend and showed athleticism in the way he grabbed groundballs and played defense. He was solid on the ball and used his decent size to play tough and could be tough to move. He is skilled with the stick and showed that in his ability to come up with groundballs quickly. Capps had a good overall showing at 3d Blue Chip West.
Sam Reynolds, Attack, Piedmont (Calif.), 2019
Reynolds had a nice showing at 3d Blue Chip West as a skilled right-handed attackman who can take the ball to the rack and hustles to make plays. We saw him pull off a really heady fake and finish. We saw him make smart cuts off the ball. We saw him shoot on the run with both his right and his left. We saw him use leaners and use a split on his takes. We saw him use a hesitation to set himself up with space inside to shoot a sidearm bouncer. He showed a lot throughout the weekend.
Maxim Manyak, Midfield, Oak Park (Calif.)/LA Mavs, West Coast Starz, 2019
Manyak had a good run at the 3d Blue Chip West Regional Camp as a talented midfielder who can shoot the ball and make plays out of dodges. He’s aggressive when he goes to the cage, dodging down hill hard and letting it fly. He played hard-nosed defense, one time just outplaying another midfielder to take the ball away and go back up the field with it. His shot on the run was really nasty, and we saw it a few times and saw him bury numerous takes. One was down the alley, another was from a low angle. He has a left-to-right split. He showed he can shoot with his off (left) hand on the run. He showed good recognition on his cuts. Manyak played hard and stood out for his fast-paced play.
Kabe Teague, Midfield/FO, Granite Bay (Calif.)/ADVNC, 2019
Teague shined as a do-it-all midfielder who is tough, has skills and has personality too. He played with confidence at the 3d Blue Chip West Regional Camp and impressed in different spots on the field. He is excellent on groundballs and can scrap, playing tough as nails. That’s what helped make him effective as a draw man, his ability to fight for the ball in the open field. He can come up with the ball quickly and get it to his teammates as well. He plays good man-to-man defense and is a challenge to dodge. One of his slides was well timed and he got all over the dodger. On offense, he showed a good shot coming around the cage on one series after ending up down low.
Henry Watson, Episcopal School of Dallas (Texas)/3d Dallas, 2020
Watson stood out at 3d Blue Chip West as a physically developed, athletic close defender with strong legs, good footwork and good size that helped him guard some of the better players in the 2020 group with success. He knew how to apply pressure and keep his positioning. His range and athleticism allowed him to press out. He also showed good stick work, throwing a couple of accurate long-range outlet passes and handling the ball well in transition with some smooth passes across. We saw him use his body to lay a big hit on another player. Later we saw him bring his stick down hard on the a carrier’s hands to put the ball on turf and then hockey it to himself, showing some good technique. Later in the camp, we watched him match up against one of the faster 2020 midfielders and he stayed lockstep with him. He collected a number of caused turnovers and turned them into clears.
Pace Billings, LSM, Kent Denver (Colo.)/3d Colorado, 2020
Billings made a strong impression in the 2020 group at the 3d Blue Chip West camp as a smooth, athletic and good-sized player who can put pressure on the ball up the field, out on the perimeter and up top. He showed all kinds of promise in transition, handling the ball well and with confidence. He is fast in the open field and got to show that off a bunch of times; he was anywhere the ball was on the field. He was excellent in the clearing game, throwing a bunch passes up the field on the money. He threw a lever pass into the mix. He was one of the most impressive defenders in the middle of the field at the West camp.
Joey Waldbaum, LSM/Defense, Graland Country Day School (Colo.)/3d Colorado, 2020
Waldbaum had a great weekend the 3d Blue Chip West Regional Camp as a skilled young defender and playmaker. A high-IQ, sure-handed player, Waldbaum shined as a longstick who keeps his stick under control with his checks, puts his stick on his assignment’s hands, moves his feet well on the ball and throws disruptive checks. His approach is under control and he uses his good size (already about 5-foot-11) to his advantage by getting big but keeping his base when he presses out. We watched him strip the ball from some of the better players at the camp. He can beat people up if he gets them hung or they stop moving their feet. He is talented in transition and his box experience shines as he can pump the stick effectively and handles it like a twig, getting through traffic and checks on a few clears we witnessed. He led numerous breaks that resulted in goals for his team. He chokes up on the handle and really protects the stick well when he carries. It allows him to create chances on offense and almost demand the attention of a short stick. He can hang around and is a threat to score from atop the box because of his quick release and accuracy. Waldbaum finished the weekend on a high note, showing off fantastic stick skills in his final game and capping it with a highlight-reel diving goal.
Tyler Hussey, Midfield, Liberty (Colo.)/POW Lax, 2020
Hussey had a good weekend at 3d Blue Chip as a tough young player who can absolutely rip the lacrosse ball. He can unload from just about anywhere and shows excellent form on his windup, with tremendous overhand torque. He scored a goal with just seconds on the clock in one half of a game, sending it into the high part of the net from what looked like outside of the box. Later, one of his shots beat the goalie and then went through the net. Hussey is a good-sized player who can also shoot it on the run. He took a couple shots with his left too, and showed good overall athleticism. Hussey was unselfish in the way he distributed the ball. Elsewhere on the field, his play was gritty and he was hustling to get after the ball when it was on the ground.
Ethan Landymore, Midfield, Westmount (Colo.)/Mustang Starz, 2020
Landymore had a productive showing at 3d Blue Chip West as a slick, talented offensive player who showed off all sorts of different skills over the course of the weekend. He was aggressive with the ball and looked to make plays. He fed the slip for a great look, one of several he’d make. He scored on an outside shot. He cut off the ball, caught and scored. He scored a step-down shot. He showed IQ in the two-man game. His shot was hard and accurate and with a quick release. He buried a twister shot after cutting to space. He lifted the ball off the ground and into the high part of the net in one motion when it was on the turf for an impressive goal. He intercepted a pass while playing defense. He showed shiftiness as a dodger. He did a lot and stood out for his efforts.
Henry Minturn, Defense, Del Mar (Calif.)/Alcatraz Outlaws, 2020
Minturn showed well at the 3d Blue Chip West camp as a hard-nosed, sharp defender with great feet and a good stick. He kept the long pole active on and off the ball. He pressured out and really challenged his assignment. He was under control and could stay right with them with his good quickness. He was all over groundballs. Minturn threw a nice feed in transition and scored a step-down goal as well.
Cole Pickell, Defense, Midsun (Alb.)/Team Alberta, 2020
Pickell had a great outing at 3d Blue Chip West as a rugged, tough and aggressive defender who can handle his matchups and also handle the stick coming up the field. He looked like a monster among his peer group, standing at least six feet tall with big shoulders. He would approach the ball with a purpose and got all over the man and, in some cases, was able to easily strip the ball thanks to his size and reach advantage. But he also showed he knew how to get himself low on the ball and he used good timing on a lot of his checks or his slides, where he was also effective. He was fearless getting the ball off the ground and showed a big time motor as he rumbled up the field. We must have watched him clear the ball close to ten times. The Canadian was dangerous carrying the ball, showing the guts to take it right down the alley. He has a good enough stick to be a threat in the box.
Griffin Turner, Midfield/FO, Stone Valley (Calif.)/Alcatraz Outlaws, 2020
Turner showed well at 3d Blue Chip West as a dynamic, skilled midfielder who can play in the middle of the field but also can provide punch on offense. As a draw man, Turner was successful at Blue Chip, winning draws and looking athletic as he came up with the ball and came into the box. He stuck around and showed he could play. He scored on a catch and finish inside. He scored carrying left to right. He was quick when initiating. He used a face dodge to get inside and score. He scored with a shot on the run. The righty dodged hard just about every time. Turner showed good IQ with some passes from up top.
Marquez White, Midfield, Twin Peaks (Calif.)/3d San Diego, 2020
White is a hard dodging, athletic young midfielder who shined at the 3d Blue Chip West Regional Camp. He’s smooth initiating atop the box and can feed while moving his feed and can make it look pretty casual. He has endurance and can cover ground. He showed he could pull off dodges to use up a lot of space and utilize his speed, but he also made some good moves in more compact space. He was working with other midfielders on slips and showed good eyes when looking for his teammates. We saw him hammer an outside shot. Then we saw him invert, get topside and thread a shot top right on the run. He was arguably one of the most impressive midfielders in the 2020 group.
Patrick Duffy, Goalie, St. John Fisher (Ore.)/3d Oregon, 2020
Duffy shined at 3d Blue Chip as a keeper with excellent technique who looked and played comfortable at all times and has a great combination of size, communication and stopping abilities. Duffy threw excellent, long-range clearing passes on the money to breaking midfielders. He made tough saves look pretty simple. And he just looked like an experienced keeper with fluid movements of an upper classmen in high school. He is well developed already in his form and how he moves to the ball. He might be one of the best keepers that came through the 2020 group at 3d Blue Chip.
Trevor Douglas, Attack, Powell (Colo.)/3d Colorado, 2020
Douglas is a talented, tall and lanky young attackman with some big upside thanks to his high IQ and good stick skills. The younger brother of a Division I commit, Douglas scored in all sorts of impressive ways at 3d Blue Chip West. He is excellent working around the cage and posting up with his tall frame, working to get above GLE and looking into the defense for an opening. He uses his back well and can keep his balance while working against a defender. His good stick allows him to put good passes out to teammates. He faded away to bury a shot. He scored a slick behind-the-back goal. He scored on an off-ball cut. He got topside and rolled across the crease to score. Douglas showed an understanding of how to work the slip. He had a nice overall showing at the camp.
Alessandro Caso, Attack, Poway (Calif.)/3d LA, 2020
Caso turned heads at the 3d Blue Chip West camp – one of the smallest guys in the mix of the 2020 group, and he became a goal-scoring machine. He has deceptively good hands and can catch and finish on the move, in tight, on the doorstep, even bad passes. He’s really still small like a lot of the players in this class but he impressed with all kinds of skill and scored a high number of goals throughout the weekend. Pump fakes, hesitations and a good sense of finding space made him a target to catch and finish all weekend and that’s what he did consistently.
Grant Allen, Midfield, STEM Academy (Colo.)/Bandits, 2020
Allen had a good showing in Phoenix at the 3d Blue Chip West Regional Camp. An athletic midfielder with a good set of wheels, he showed face-off skills and scrappiness. With the ball, he showed a good shot on the run and scored on a right-to-right split into a jump shot. As time went on, he showed passing abilities and a wider ranger of skills.
Braden Montgomery, Defense, Episcopal School of Dallas (Texas), 2020
Montgomery shined at 3d Blue Chip West as a disruptive and athletic defender who showed excellent anticipation in a variety of scenarios. He made several really slick picks, including one to spark a break and show off his speed in the open field. He made numerous additional heads-up plays to show how well he sees the field and predicted how plays would develop and was there to meet them. He played physical on the ball, perhaps a little over-aggressive at times. But he showed a lot of potential and was exciting to watch.
Jack Rigley, Defense, Benilde-St. Margaret’s (Minn.)/Team MN, 2020
Rigley had a good overall weekend at 3d Blue Chip as a good sized defender who applies a lot of pressure and has good speed and good stick skills to go with it. He is solid physically and threw some hard checks that added to the challenge he gave dodgers. The righty created a number of caused turnovers throughout the camp. At 6-foot and over 170 pounds, he has good physical attributes to go with his aggressive style.
Ryan Bara, Defense, Jordan (Calif.)/Tomahawks, 2020
Bara showed some good stuff playing defense at the 3d Blue Chip West camp. He’s got a great poke choke and put it to use numerous times with effectiveness in getting into the ball carrier’s hands. He put pressure on his man each time he approached and played good position on the ball. He showed decent footwork and ran well up the field.
Val Mooty, Defense, Episcopal School of Dallas (Texas)/C2C, 2020
Mooty is a defender who pressures the ball and plays physical, like you might expect from a player from Texas. He’s athletic, with lateral quickness, speed and the ability to run the field. He made plays with the long pole to create and then make plays in transition. He can chop his feet and seemed to have good endurance. He showed excellent man-to-man defense on one of the better attackmen in the 2020 group.
Chase LaDrido, Midfield, La Jolla Country Day (Calif.)/3d San Diego, 2020
LaDrido, who missed the first day and was battling an injury, still managed to show up the second day and make a good impression as an athletic, smooth midfielder. He can dodge and showed vision, slickness and has good size with a tall, athletic frame. He is skilled and showed that in the brief viewing we got.
Alex Horowitz, Attack, Manhattan Beach (Calif.), 2020
Horowitz showed well at 3d Blue Chip West as a slick, high IQ attackman with a great set of hands and the knowledge to put them to work in a variety of scenarios, making him a dangerous threat on the field. One of his best goals came when he back cut his defender, caught the ball and scored behind the back. He showed tremendous catching and finishing abilities. The righty also showed a hard shot with a step down opportunity. Passing the ball, he showed good vision and great sense for timing and spacing as he worked against his defender. The last goal we saw him score was a sweep through the defense and a top shelf finish.
Nathan Kay, Attack, Colorado Academy (Colo.)/Rocky Mountain Storm, 2020
Kay had a great outing at the 3d Blue Chip West Regional Camp as a big attackman who feed and finish the ball with skill and craftiness, which makes a player of his size a tough matchup. He showed the ability to turn the corner and push against his defender going hard from X. He scored a low angle goal on a drive from X. He got topside and essentially dunked the ball on one play. He was also able to find space and catch and finish on a number of plays. One of those saw him catch with his left and then spin outside and curl to his right hand to hit the top shelf. He scored another goal driving hard to his left and using an inside roll to his right hand. Kay was one of the more talented and productive attackmen in this 2020 group.
Jered Kenny, Midfield, San Ramon Valley (Calif.)/Alcatraz Outlaws, 2020
Kenny shined at the event as a midfielder who can shoot on the run and uses a good stick and hustle to make a lot of plays. He is skilled and showed a little of everything over the course of the weekend at 3d Blue Chip West. He showed shake. He was vocal. He used a nasty split and was slick with his stick when carrying. His overhand shot was really hard when he got it off. We watched him win one draw and speed right down the gut to score. He scored another from the outside with a sidearm shot. And he scored in a different way by cutting down the middle, catching a feed and burying it from the interior. A righty, Kenny also split to his left to score a goal with his off hand.
Dawson Friers, Goalie, Woodward (Wash.)/Seattle Starz, 2020
Friers had a strong outing at the 3d Blue Chip West as a keeper with quick hands and patience to not overreact to shooters as they close in or pump fakes at him. He made saves low in tight and threw accurate outlet passes. He showed off his reaction time with some impressive saves throughout the weekend.
Carter Watts, Attack, Lewis Palmer (Colo.)/Denver Elite, 2020
Watts showed off good hands and finishing abilities at the 3d Blue Chip West Regional Camp. He pulled off numerous tight finishing, including some in hectic traffic. He finished a dive shot and continued to show off his soft, fast hands inside near the crease. He used fakes and showed more skill as the camp went on. Watts also rode hard and pressured the defenders looking to clear, helped by his decent size.
Cooper Wisneski, Defense, Greenwood Village (Colo.)/Denver Elite, 2020
Wisneski’s run at the 3d Blue Chip West camp was a good one, as the long pole showed himself to be an effective defender who can get his stick up into the passing lanes and use his long reach and span to make plays. He was particularly dangerous with the long pole in transition, showing the ability to use a face dodge to get inside. He scored three goals in one game that we saw. He’s got good speed up the field and really likes to use the handle to make plays.
Calder Gallagher, Attack, Cedar Park (Ore.)/Rhino, 2020
Gallagher had a productive weekend at the 3d Blue Chip West Regional Camp as a crafty, heady righty attackman who put up a bunch of goals thanks to his good hands and fearless play. A smaller player, Gallagher battled to beat a much bigger defender with a slick inside roll. He finished a pass that was skipping toward him like a ground ball and finished it with fast hands. He scored another with a slice of a one-timer. He also showed good eyes with his passing from X and around the crease, setting up numerous goals. He also rode like a wolf. Gallagher during one stretch stole the show with a series of great plays with and without the ball.
Teagan Bultman, FO/Midfield, San Diego (Calif.)/3d San Diego, 2020
Bultman shined at the 3d Blue Chip West camp as an absolute ox at the face-off circle. He was nearly automatic and looked as athletic as any draw man we’ve seen in the 2020 groups thus far. He has a thick, stocky build and is strong and muscular, able to keep his balance through traffic and checks and cleanly hand off the ball to an offensive midfielder. When he did dodge, it was clear he saw the field. He started to gain confidence taking the ball to the cage and showed some simple but impressive takes and finishes with a hard shot on the run to highlight his athleticism. He also blasted a step down shot. He is quick, built like a bull and was a force for his squad at 3d Blue Chip.