If you’re looking for a letter that best describes Dean DiSimone’s game, there’s really only one that would work.
That’s because the feeding attackman from St. Augustine Prep in South Jersey is especially effective from the X position.
It’s one of the reasons the 5-foot-11, 175-pound junior drew interest from a variety of Division I programs.
Earlier this week, he verbally committed to the University of Delaware.
“I would say my best strength would be my vision behind the cage,” DiSimone, a righty, said. “I have a knack for always finding the open man after dodging.”
What were the main factors in your decision to commit to Delaware?
Delaware not only has an outstanding lacrosse program, it has a prestigious academic reputation. Having 131 majors really caught my eye. I’m sure I will be able to find a major that fits my choice.
I loved the coaching staff. The head coach, Coach (Bob) Shillinglaw, has much experience in his job and I am honored to one day play for him.
Being only a 45-minute drive from my house played a big role in decision making too.
What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
I visited High Point in earlier this summer. The campus was unreal, but it just didn’t have the same feel as UD did. There was also some consideration in Towson, Hofstra, Rutgers and Marquette.
What are your strengths as a player and how would you describe your style of play?
I would say my best strength would be my vision behind the cage. I have a knack for always finding the open man after dodging. My style of play is very aggressive to the cage and always trying to produce more offense.
Who have been some of the biggest influences on you during your development as a player?
My biggest influence is my coach, JC Valore. When we are on the field, I devote my entire concentration on to what he’s explaining. He’s one of the best coaches in New Jersey, probably even the tristate area.
Also, the upperclassmen I have played with that have went on to play collegiate lacrosse have really impacted my style of play. I try to mimic their play and add my own twist to it.
What travel team did you play on and what were some of the big showcase events you participated in last summer?
I played for the SouthShore Lacrosse Club this summer. I only went to one showcase this summer and that was the Prep School Lacrosse Showcase in Connecticut where I received a mention in ESPNHS as a player that impressed.
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