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NLL Lacrosse: Minnesota Swarm Select Kiel Matisz With the Third Overall Pick

With the third overall pick, the Minnesota Swarm added even more size, taking 6'5" Kiel Matisz, a goal scoring power forward type that will give opponents headaches immediately.

Minnesota Swarm

The Minnesota Swarm continued their run on the first round after drafting 6' 6" Brock Sorenson with the second overall pick by drafting 6' 5", 220 pound Kiel Matisz. There, again, was little doubt that the Swarm would take Matisz, as he is easily a top three pick, and has the pure talent to back it up. The Robert Morris University alumn has been highly productive everywhere he has gone, and has shown leadership ability, serving as captain in his 2011 season at RMU.

The lacrosse world is a small one, with players playing with several different teams, there are strong connections all over. Matisz played with future Swarm teammates Dan Ball and Jeff Gilbert in the MSL, giving him an edge in the transition process to the NLL. Not that Matisz will need much time to adapt. Scoring seems to come naturally to this kid, and that is something that translates well in any league.

The only knock we can find? His favorite TV show is Glee. Unbelievable.

From Stephen Stamp of ILIndoor:

With all the youth and speed on the team, one thing Minnesota doesn't have a lot of is size up front, especially with Kevin Ross off to Philly. Ross also represents 28 goals and 59 points gone from the roster. The perfect pick here would be a big, talented forward who already has experience playing against NLL players and is ready to step in and make an impact right away. So it's handy that that is basically a description of the best player available, Kiel Matisz.

The best thing about the conversation with the NLL.com commentator after Matisz was drafted? The premade nickname for Matisz and Sorenson: The Twin Towers. Expect to see that on a t-shirt somewhere.

Photographs by Micah Taylor, clairity, and Fibonacci Blue used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.