By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 6/18/13
In the fall, the Philly Showcase is one of the season’s biggest recruiting events in the nation. The precursor of that event was held Sunday through today as 150 boys’ lacrosse players from the Mid-Atlantic, the Mideast and Canada competed in the Philly Boys’ Showcase Camp at St. Joseph’s University.
The NXT event, run by St. Joseph’s coach Taylor Wray and Hartford coach Peter Lawrence, featured instruction from 15 college coaches, an All-Star game Monday night (see story) and a tournament that ended today.
Wray said the goal of the event is to instruct and educate players as well as provide a chance for exposure with college coaching.
“I think what makes this camp different is that it’s educational and it also gives them exposure,” said Wray. “We are educating the kids about the recruiting process, we provide strength and conditioning, we had speed sessions and we had a nutritionist come in and talk to the kids about ways to take care of their body.
“We also had positional instruction sessions. They get coached by college coaches and we split them into groups by positions. We evaluation them, pick teams and do all of that in a little over 48 hours.
“It’s a full schedule, but I think kids enjoy it that way. We try to educate them to get them into the best position to have success and achieve their goals.”
Wray estimated that 20 coaches attended the All-Star Game Monday night as players from the classes of 2014, 2-15 and 2016 were showcased. The camp also featured several in the Class of 2017. Besides the college coaches, 12 St. Joe’s players assisted in the camp.
“The thing I liked about this camp is that it gets you a lot of exposure, but it’s also educational,” said Trinity (PA) High rising senior defenseman Tim Hickey, who made the All-Star Game and also was on the winning (Team 7) tournament team. “It’s set up that you get to work with coaches from great programs around the country.”
Another All-Star was St. Anthony’s rising sophomore attackman T.J. Heagerty, who had two goals and an assist for Team 7 in its 8-5 title win over Team 4.
“I was one of the younger guys and it was good to play with older kids,” said Heagerty. “This will help me when I get back to my class of players with LI Express.
“For me the best part of the camp was working on my shot. I am a strong passer, but I proved I could lay with the older kids.”