Closing out their three pick run in the first round, the Minnesota Swarm switched gears and moved away from the size angle, selecting 5' 9", 185 pound Shayne Jackson, a pure goal scorer out of Limestone. Jackson is a left handed shot, which will mesh well with Ryan Benesch and Callum Crawford, which will make stopping the Swarm offense a real pain in the neck for the opposition this season. Pick one of the three to shut down, and the other two will make you pay for it.
In the meantime, try to keep tabs on Brock Sorenson, Kyle Matisz, Andrew Suitor, Jordan MacIntosh, Corbyn Tao... We'll just stop now and wish the rest of the NLL good luck this season.
This is from Bob Chavez of ILIndoor:
...he gained some very valuable experience on a big stage with the Langley Thunder in the Mann Cup. And even if it doesn't work out for some reason, the Swarm are so loaded with talent by this point, they can shop a few names in trades to bolster any other weaknesses they feel they have on the roster.
The list of honors Jackson has won is lengthy. This guy should fit right in with the seemingly constant award winning from the Minnesota Swarm. Check this out:
- 2011 USILA First-Team All-American
- 2011 Tewaaraton Award Finalist
- 2011 Jac Coyne/Lacrosse Magazine Online National Division II Player of the Year
- 2011 Jac Coyne/Lacrosse Magazine Online All-American
- 2011 Conference Carolinas Co-Player of the Year
- 2011 National Leader in Points and Assists per game
- 2011 Conference Carolinas All-Tournament
- 2011 All-Conference Carolinas First-Team
- 2011 Conference Carolinas Player of the Week
- 2010 NJCAA Player of the Year
- 2010 NJCAA National Champion
- 2009 NJCAA Undefeated National Champion
Benesch, Crawford, Jackson... good luck NLL.