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Class of 2018 faceoff midfielder Hunter Embury (pictured above at left) and his brother, attackman Jamison Embury (right) have been double trouble for opponents of national power Yorktown (NY).
Expect that trend to continue at the next level.
The twin tandem verballed to Marist College last week, a decision first reported by Joe Lombardi on LaxLessons.com’s Lacrosse Insider premium coverage section.
The two played key roles on Yorktown’s state finalist squad.
Both are skilled and athletic righties with high lacrosse IQs. Hunter is 5-foot-10, 165 pounds. Jamison is 5-10, 160.
Now, here’s a Q&A with Hunter and Jamison on their commitments.
What were the main factors in your decision?
Hunter: The amazing coaching staff at Marist, close proximity to home, beautiful campus and great academics in our desired areas of study.
It is also such a blessing to be able to play with my brother for the next four years. From the second that we walked on campus the coaches made us feel at home, and Jamison and I absolutely love the feeling of the campus as well as the size.
Jamison: The main factors in our decision was the ability to play Division I lacrosse together on the same team, the proximity to home, education, and the spectacular beauty of the school.
At Marist. we thankfully were able to receive all that we wanted in a school.
Another enormous factor was the coaching staff and the coaches at Marist are some of the best men you’ll ever meet, and they will surely fulfill the role not only as mentors on the field but off the field as well.
What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
Hunter: Princeton, Brown, Boston University and Bryant.
Jamison: Princeton, Boston University, Bryant and Siena.
What are your strengths as a player and how would you describe your style of play?
Hunter: I would describe my style of play as a quick midfielder who can go both righty and lefty as well as look for my teammates. My strength is that I can face off as well as stay on the field and play offense.
I would definitely say that both my brother and I have a very high lacrosse IQ, adding to our strengths.
Jamison: I would describe myself as a shifty attackman who looks to feed first from X, yet I can also create my own shot when I need to.
My strengths as a player are using X to my advantage, my ability to control the tempo of a game, and especially my vision.
What area of your game do you need to work on?
Hunter: I definitely need to work on being able to get down the alley quicker for a shot, as well as getting in the weightroom to become a stronger faceoff guy and midfielder. I would like to also become faster in order to beat my defender one-on-one.
Jamison: I need to work on my off-hand as well as my speed and strength so that I can get separation from my defender. I would like to improve on my speed and quickness, as well as my ability to dodge and finish the ball.
How did you get introduced to lacrosse and what other sports have you played?
Hunter: I was introduced to lacrosse by the strong culture that resides within Yorktown. I remember always having the stick in my hand when I was little and even being a “waterboy” with my brother for the varsity team up until middle school.
Jamison: We were both introduced by the strong lacrosse culture in Yorktown.
Have you decided what academic major you will pursue?
Hunter: I am strongly considering Business, Marketing and Pre-Medical.
Jamison: I am undecided at the moment, but I am largely considering Business.
What travel team do you play on what showcase events did you participate in?
Hunter: I play on the Yorktown Ballers, and this summer I participated in Maverik Showtime, FLG Legit 120 and Jake Reed Nike Blue Chip.
With our summer team we went to the NLI and the NHSLS.
Jamison: Yorktown Ballers. Participated in the National Lacrosse Invitational and the NHSLS as a team.
My brother and I participated in Maverik Showtime, FLG Legit 120 and Jake Reed Nike Blue Chip.
Any final thoughts (people you want to thank for helping you, etc.)?
Hunter: First and foremost, I would like to thank my mother and grandmother, as well as all of my close friends and family, for their endless support throughout this process. They have been by our side since Day 1, and they are always pushing my brother and I to succeed in anything we do, whether it is in the classroom or on the field.
I would also like to thank all of my coaches: Coach Marr, Coach Carney, Coach Doerr and Coach Anderson for their endless dedication to make my brother and I the lacrosse players who we are today. We could not have possibly done this without you.
Lastly, Greg Gurenlian and the Faceoff Academy. Thank you so much for molding me into the faceoff athlete that I am today, I am so grateful to have starting working with you for the last year.
Jamison: I would like to give an overwhelming thanks to my mother who has been there for me my entire life and helped me be where I am today. She pushes me to be better every single day and for that I am forever grateful.
I also want to thank all of the coaches at Yorktown who have given me what it means to play as a team, to win, to push myself, and building character as a man.
Finally, all my friends and family that have helped me get to this point, thank you.
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