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If you’re a Division I college lacrosse coach, the only thing better than landing a verbal commitment from an athletic and skilled 6-foot-3 midfielder would be getting two of them.
Syracuse University managed to do just that on Monday night when the twin tandem of rising sophomores Andrew Kim and Justin Kim of Don Bosco Prep (NJ) both verballed to the Orange, a decision first reported by Joe Lombardi on LaxLessons.com’s Lacrosse Insider premium coverage section.
Andrew, who weighs 185 pounds, and Justin, who weighs 190, are both righties.
What were the main factors in your decision?
The coaches were a big factor in our decision as they were very welcoming and informative.
(Syracuse Head) Coach (John) Desko met with us and he explained every aspect of what Syracuse was all about.
(Syracuse Assistant) Coach (Lelan) Rogers gave us a great tour and explained both the athletic and academic opportunities that were available at Syracuse. The tradition and history speak for itself and the facilities were amazing, but the Carrier Dome was the icing on the cake. Also, Syracuse is only a three-hour drive from home.
What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
We also considered Maryland, Fairfield and Navy and visited all three.
What are your strengths as players and how would you describe your style of play?
Andrew: My strengths as a player is my athleticism, size and field vision. My style of play is a physical up-tempo game and dodging towards the goal hard and looking for open team mates.
Justin: My strength is being able to use my speed and athleticism to beat my defender and shoot on the run. My style of play is a physical and fast and finding the openings to get my shot off.
What area of your game do you need to work on?
Andrew: I am eager to learn and know that I have many things that I need to improve on, including my stick skills, off-ball movement and overall lacrosse IQ.
How did you get introduced to lacrosse and what other sports have you played?
Our dad played lacrosse at Fairfield and he was the one that first introduced us to the sport and coached our youth league in town. We also played football when we were younger and we continue to play basketball for Don Bosco.
Have you decided what academic major you will pursue?
Andrew: I would like to pursue finance as my major.
Justin: I’m undecided right now, but am interested in pre-med.
What travel team do you play on what showcase events did you participate in?
Our travel team is United Lacrosse and we participated in Maverick Showcase just last month.
Any final thoughts and people you want to thank for helping you get to this point?
We would like to thank (former Don Bosco) Coach (Mike) Springer for believing in us and guiding us.
We learned so much from him during our freshman lacrosse season and we are honored to have played for him.
We would also like to thank our Bosco teammates for encouraging and welcoming us to the team.
Lastly, we would like to thank our parents for alway believing and encouraging us to do our best.
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