It’s been quite a couple of months for Austin Sims.
After helping Fairfield Prep win the Connecticut Class L state championship in June, the multi-talented midfielder has enjoyed an eventful summer that include strong showings at the Under Armour Underclass Tournament and the Maverik Showtime National Recruiting Spotlight.
That summer just got even more memorable for Sims, who has verbally committed to Princeton.
An athletic dodger, Sims still has two more seasons left with the Jesuits before starting his collegiate career.
Now, here’s a Q&A with Austin on his commitment.
What were the main factors in your decision?
I wanted to go to a medium-sized school that would compete for national championships every year, but would also give me the opportunity to receive a top-notch education.
What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
I seriously considered and visited Virginia, Yale and Harvard, and also visited Villanova, Maryland, UPenn and Duke.
What are your strengths as a player and how would you describe your style of play?
My strengths would definitely include running between the restraining boxes and shooting on the run off of dodges. I would describe myself as an athletic dodging midfielder with a good lax IQ.
What areas of your game have you been working to improve on?
I have really been working hard to improve on my off hand shooting and making strong cuts to the goal and finishing around the crease.
Who have been some of the biggest influences on you during your development as a player?
The biggest influences in my development as a player would be my father and my first coaches while playing youth lacrosse at Wakeman Boys & Girls Club (in Bridgeport). My dad was the first person to show me what lacrosse was and he prodded me to go to my first clinics in second grade. I am thankful for my dad and coaches who helped shape me into who I am now.
What travel team did you play on and what were some of the big showcase events you participated in last summer?
During the summer, I play for the CT Bulldogs run by Graham Niemi and coached by Brian White. This past summer I played in the King of the Hill Tournament, Tri-state, the Under Armour underclassmen games and Maverik Showtime.
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