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2019 Mid-America Showcase Player Preview

Top high school players from the Mid-Atlantic and nationwide have been selected to compete this Friday, June 28th. Featured are a few players to keep an eye on throughout this one-day event.

The MidAmerica Showcase is this Friday, June 28th, and kicks off an eventful weekend at state of the art facility, Grand Park in Westfield, Indiana. The Showcase attracts elite talent and college coaches from across the country.

This year's MidAmerica Showcase is expected to host 100 athletes with last year's event hosting 33 college coaches from the Division l, ll and lll level. With an expected 3:1 player to coach ratio, the athletes will be able to maximize their exposure to college coaches. Each team will be lead by a college coach as well as a prominent high school coach from the area. The showcase will feature athletes from the 2020, 2021, 2022, and 2023 graduation years.

After a rigorous selections process, top high school players from the mid-Atlantic and nationwide have been selected to compete this Friday, June 28th. Brett Manney, captain of the NE Blackwolves and VP of Recruiting & Sales for NXT, has selected the following athletes to keep your eye on this Friday.

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BEN WILEN | 2020 | Attack
Walter Payton College Prep | East Ave

A sneaky lefty attackman who played in our Mid-America Invitational last year, Wilen has a knack for the goal. When he dodges hard towards the net he usually finds a way to get his shot off.

-PREGAME RITUAL: Shoot around in pregame gear
-FAVORITE TV SHOW: Brooklyn 99
-GO TO MEAL AFTER A GAME: Roasted chicken and chocolate milk
-FAVORITE SPORTS TEAM: Yale lacrosse
-IF YOU HAD THE SUPERPOWER TO FLY-- WHERE WOULD YOU GO FIRST? Argentina

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ETHAN DEWES | 2020 | LSM
Strongsville High School | Force Elite

Returning for a second year, Dewes appeared in the Mid-America Showcase last year and excelled. Ethan has great instincts and pursues the ball effectively. I love his motor and ability to make timely checks in the open field.

- NICKNAME: Dewey
- PUMP UP SONG: "Shooters" by Tory Lanez
- PET PEEVE: Being late
- PREGAME RITUAL: Relax and listen to music
- FAVORITE TV SHOW: Impractical Jokers
- GO TO MEAL AFTER GAMES: Cane’s Chicken
 -FAVORITE SPORTS TEAM: Cleveland Browns
- IF YOU HAD THE SUPERPOWER TO FLY-- WHERE WOULD YOU GO FIRST? Hawaii

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WESLEY PRADA | 2021 | Midfield 
Parkway Central High School | Project Missouri MO22

Wesley is a crafy player who finds ways to score in multiple ways. He is versatile with the ability to play both attack and midfield if need be. A repeat athlete at NXT events and Can-Am Select team member in 2018,  we are anticipating Wesley to be one of the more dynamic players on the field this Friday.

- NICKNAME: Fresh Wes
- PUMP UP SONG: Eye of the Tiger by Survivor 
- PET PEEVE: People chewing/smacking food
- PRE GAME RITUAL: Pray
- FAVORITE TV SHOW: Ozark
- GO TO MEAL AFTER GAMES: Jimmy Johns 
- FAVORITE SPORTS TEAM: St. Louis Blues
- IF YOU HAD THE SUPERPOWER TO FLY-- WHERE WOULD YOU GO FIRST? Italy

 

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