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The Boys Philly Showcase is the nation's premier individual showcase and 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. The 11th annual Nike Boys Philly Showcase attracted over 600 athletes and 173 college coaches from the Division l, ll, and lll levels. Players traveled from 27 states and Canada to compete at this one-day event.
The Showcase featured athletes from 2021, 2022 and 2023 graduation years. Players competed throughout the day to be selected for the Fab 40 All-Star team. All-Star recipients received a Nike gear pack with a bag, hat, t-shirt, and a Nike head and shaft. Prior to the start of the All-Star games, the King of the X, took place on field two to determine the event's top face-off man. Surrounded by college coaches, the elusive title of King of the X was ultimately captured by 2022 FO George Kalos from Team 24/7.
Featured below are four of the top 2023 lacrosse players that Brett Manney has highlighted as Manney's Men for this year's showcase.
Brett Manney is a captain and standout defenseman for the New England Blackwolves. He also won a bronze medal with USA's National Indoor Team, where he was also an assistant captain. He played on Delaware's 2007 Final Four team, captained the 2008 team, made the North-South All-Star Game and is the driving force behind Showcase Lacrosse's nationally-known events. Manney sees players from all over the country at NXT's events, including those in Georgia, Maryland, Michigan, and Pennsylvania. Here are the players who stood out the most to him at the Nike Boys Philly Showcase.
Harrison Hanson, 2023, Austin (TX), IronHorse
I highlighted Harrison before the event and he backed me up. Harrison was the safety valve for his team all day. When they need a possession Hanson was the man. If they needed a goal, he was the guy. Someone to create offense from the attack position, it was Hanson again. He was was one man playmaker.
Jackson Greene, 2023, St. Anthony’s (NY), 91 Bandits
If there was one player who was heads and shoulders above his peers, it was Greene. The versatile midfielder was comfortable dodging at any spot on the field with ease. He could work with picks, dodge down the alley, sweep over the top and did all this with both hands. The rich get richer at St. Anthony’s with Greene in the fold who should be a household name in no time.
Brett Koopman, 2023, Santa Fe Christian (CA), Mad Dog
I love Koopman’s game. How can you not? He plays hard, has great footwork, timely checks, and knows when to slide to cause a turnover or a bad shot. This kid just makes plays all over the defensive end of the field. After talking him up to Mad Dog National Director, Lou Aboyoun, he says Koopman plays up a lot with the 22's and even the 21's. Quite the accomplishment for the young defender from SoCal who is everything you want in a defender.
Julian Popowich, Redwood (CA), Alcatraz Outlaws
I am fortunate enough every year to make a trek out to San Francisco to watch the Alcatraz Outlaws tryouts and watch some of the Bay Area’s finest players. Mac Gates (Hofstra) and Evan Beland (2021) have stood out before him and now he is making his mark. There were many talented shooters and as the day went on Popowich started to see the ball better to turn away many easy chances. With his poise and ability to make tough saves look routine Popowich’s travel was worth it proving he belongs among the nation’s elite netminders at the 2023 age group.
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