There has been much discussion of the growing number of senior John Jay players who have committed to college programs.
With the commitment of speedy Evan Chen to Bates College in Lewiston, Me., the number is now nine.
But there’s also another impressive number.
That’s the No. 12.
And that’s the number of seniors players from the PrimeTime travel team, many of whom also play for John Jay, who have committed.
That includes the 5-foot-11, 168-pound Chen, a two-way midfielder with strong stick skills.
If you check out our “Updated recruiting review and commitment rundown” for new additions each day, you learned of Chen’s commitment earlier this week.
Here’s a Q&A with Evan on his commitment.
What were the main factors in your decision to attend Bates?
Bates is a great academic school with a charming campus. When I overnighted at Bates, I clicked right away with the student body and the lacrosse team. I liked the atmosphere a lot and felt I could spend four years there.
What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
During the college recruiting process, I overnighted at Swarthmore, Colby and Bates, and considered several other schools, including Bowdoin, Franklin & Marshall, Kenyon, Middlebury, Stevens Tech and Trinity.
What adjustments do you think you will need to make to play at the next level?
I will need to improve on my offhand, stamina and strength.
What are your strengths as a player and how would you describe your style of play?
My strengths are speed, stick skills, change in direction, pushing transition and being a good two-way midfielder.
What players have you looked up to as you have moved up through the varsity ranks?
As I’ve moved up through the varsity ranks, I’ve looked up to players such as John Cunniffe, the Daniellos, Bocklets, John Carrozza, Nick Hautau and Pete Coluccini.
When did you first realize you had the potential to play at the college level?
I first realized I had potential to play college lacrosse during my junior year when I started receiving letters and e-mail from colleges with incredible lacrosse programs.
John Jay’s senior commits
(click on each name for the LaxLessons.com commitment story)
Evan Chen, midfield, Bates
Mike Daniello, attack, Johns Hopkins
Alex Lanza, defense, Gettysburg
Mike Lupinacci, attack, Rollins
Thomas Mertens, LSM, Endicott
Brendan Morris, midfield, Gettysburg
Jimmy Morris, midfield, Gettysburg
Forrest Walter, midfield, Colgate
Jake Weil, midfield, Dartmouth
* Be sure to report any commitments to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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