IL Indoor tracks the progress of 2013 NLL Entry Draft prospects such as former Cornell University defenseman Jason Noble. (Photo: Rich Barnes)
IL Indoor's Stephen Stamp, who won the Tom Borrelli Award as the NLL Media Person of the Year for the 2013 season, has been tracking the progress of 2013 NLL Entry Draft prospects with his weekly Prospect Tracker report. Players covered include the consensus top-rated prospect Logan Schuss (Ohio State) and projected top-pick defenseman Jason Noble (Cornell) along with NCAA all-time leading scorer and 2013 Tewaaraton Award winner Rob Pannell (Cornell) and JoJo Marasco (Syracuse).
"Each week during the summer, IL Indoor will track the progress of prospects for the 2013 National Lacrosse League draft," Stamp writes. "We’ll keep an eye on the Logan Schusses and Jason Nobles—the guys expected to be top picks—but we’ll also try to share how players whose ranking in the draft is a little less certain are faring during the summer and how it may impact their draft status."
"Some draft prospects were taking part in the NCAA Final Four last weekend. Jason Noble’s and Rob Pannell’s Cornell team lost in the first semi-final to Duke. Pannell had the twin consolations of becoming the NCAA’s all-time leading scorer and winning the Tewaaraton Award as the nation’s best player."
"JoJo Marasco got a step further in the tournament. He was instrumental in Syracuse’s comeback win over Denver in the semi-finals, although the Orange went on to lose to Duke in the title game. Marasco showed off his shooting and his precision passing skills in the tournament. Nobody will know how Marasco will translate to the pro indoor game until he gets into a training camp, but his field vision and talent level should ensure that someone takes a shot on him."
"Jason Noble immediately showed why he was such a coveted player coming out of the Orangeville Northmen system. The 2012 OLA Jr A defender of the year played a solid defensive game, showing that the intelligence, strength and footwork that made him so successful in junior and college will allow him to succeed at the highest levels of the game, as well.
"Let’s get this out of the way, because it can’t be avoided in any assessment of Noble’s prospects in the pro game. Yes, he’s short. Standing around 5′9”, Noble will never be the kind of beast that (Edmonton Rush defenseman and back-to-back NLL Defensive Player of the Year) Kyle Rubisch is. But the aforementioned attributes, along with tremendous speed, stick skills and floor vision, make his size irrelevant."
Find the first edition of IL Indoor's Prospect Tracker here and the second edition here. Stay tuned for weekly updates as the potential future stars of the NLL continue their development towards hearing their name called on draft day.