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Top high school players nationwide have been selected to compete this Friday, July 13th. Featured are 2021 players to keep an eye on throughout this one-day event
The Boys Philly Summer Showcase attracts elite talent and college coaches from across the country to one of the top venues on the east coast, United Sports in Downingtown, PA. Last year's Boys Philly Summer Showcase attracted 320 athletes and 58 college coaches from the Division l, ll, and lll level.
With a 5:1 player to coach ratio, the athletes will be able to maximize their exposure to college coaches. Each team will be lead by an NCAA college coach throughout the entire day. The showcase will feature athletes from 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022 graduation years.
After a competitive selection process, top high school players nationwide have been selected to compete this Friday, July 13th, pairing with one of the largest high school recruiting events on Saturday and Sunday, the Boys Philly Summer Invitational. Featured below are three of the top 2021 lacrosse players that Brett Manney has selected as player previews for this year's summer showcase.
GRANT PEARSALL | 2021 | ATTACK
LI Legacy • Chaminade (Mineola, NY)
Grant ("Chicken Parm") put on a show last year at the showcase and I expect no different this year. He has an impressive shot when shooting from the lefty wing and shows even more talent when he varies up his shots to keep goalies and defenses guessing what he is doing all game.
NICKNAME: Chicken parm
FAVORITE TV SHOW: Wicked tuna
BIGGEST PET PEEVE: Attackman not riding
FAVORITE SAYING/QUOTE: “You can’t win unless you learn how to lose.”- Kareem- Abdul-Jabar
PREGAME RITUAL: Stretching
SUPERPOWER: The ability to fly
ANIMAL: A monkey so that I could swing from trees
PIERCE GREGORY | 2021 | ATTACK
3D New England • Dover Sherborn (Dover, MA)
Pierce is a really gifted lacrosse player. He can shoot, pass, and dodge, making him the triple threat. Every time Gregory is on the field, he is a marked man and is a joy to watch.
FAVORITE TV SHOW: The Office
BIGGEST PET PEEVE: Long lines
FAVORITE SAYING/QUOTE: "Family over everything."
PREGAME RITUAL: Talk to my dad and clear my head
SUPERPOWER: Teleport so I could get places faster
ANIMAL: Eagle, so I could fly
JOSHUA GALLIA | 2021 | ATTACK
Freedom Red • The Shipley School (Bryn Mawr, PA)
Josh is a local product of the Philadelphia are who has shown well at past NXT events. He has the skills and ability to beat most defenders while making it look very easy. Josh has all the tools and mentality to be a great attackman.
FAVORITE TV SHOW: Animal Kingdom
BIGGEST PET PEEVE: When septa cancels the trains and doesn't tell anybody
FAVORITE SAYING/QUOTE: "Success in life comes when you simply refuse to give up, with goals so strong that obstacles, failure, and loss only act as motivation."
PREGAME RITUAL: Listening to music and stretching
SUPERPOWER: Shape shifting
ANIMAL: I would like to be a wolf because they are smart, mysterious, and live in packs
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