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Swarming the Draft

09/16/2013, 10:30pm CDT
By Alec Schimke, Jack Satzinger & Hannah Berg

Minnesota once again stole the show during the 2013 NLL Entry Draft

TORONTO – For the second-straight season, the Minnesota Swarm left the 2013 NLL Entry Draft with four first-round picks, including three of the draft’s Top 4 selections. The Swarm used their first-rounders to select F Logan Schuss (Ohio State University) No. 1 overall, D Jason Noble (Cornell University) No. 2 overall, T Cameron Flint (University of Denver) No. 4 overall and F Scott Jones (UMBC) No. 7 overall.

With the No. 1 selection, Minnesota picked the consensus top overall player in this year’s draft in forward Logan Schuss from Ohio State University. Schuss finished his decorated career at Ohio State as the school’s all-time leading goal scorer and was the team's co-captain in 2013. During his senior season this past spring with the Buckeyes, the 22-year-old notched 44 goals and added 28 assists. This summer, the 6-foot, 210-pound lefty forward scored 56 points (29g, 27a) in 12 games with New Westminster (Sr. A).

“First of all, we’re excited to draft the number one overall pick for the first time in Swarm history and even more excited that a player of Logan’s caliber and character was available to us,” Swarm Owner and Governor John Arlotta said. “We’re looking forward to having him bring his scoring capabilities to an already young and potent offense. In watching him play at Ohio State this year, we came to understand that Logan was not only a great scorer, but was also a great leader on their team. We’re hoping that both his scoring and leadership abilities will help us get to the next level as a team.”

Schuss earned his bachelor’s degree in Physical Education at Ohio State University in May 2013. He remains enrolled at Ohio State for the 2013-14 school year, as his program requires a fifth year in order to obtain his teacher's license. His class schedule prevented him from being able to attend the NLL Entry Draft in person.

“His commitment to the classroom shows maturity and professionalism, and shows that he’s not just focused on lacrosse, but also on how he will impact young kids as a teacher in the future,” Arlotta said.

Schuss said that he thinks he can bring a scoring touch to the Swarm. He’s looking forward to learning from the veterans already in place at Minnesota and is looking to make an immediate impact.

“It’s a great feeling to be chosen as the number one pick and to be selected by the Swarm,” Schuss said. “Minnesota has a solid group of players and I’m looking forward to meeting all of the guys and starting my new career.”

With the No. 2 overall pick, Minnesota selected speedy defenseman Jason Noble, 22, out of Cornell University. Noble has a pedigree for success as he won three Minto Cups with the Orangeville Northmen during his junior career. At Cornell, Noble earned the reputation as one of the nation’s top defensive players and was a first team All-America selection in 2013. Noble, who is 5-10 and 170 pounds, also brings intangibles to the Swarm and has been honored for his leadership; the Orangeville, Ontario native was a first team Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award winner in 2013 in addition to being his team's captain.

“Our fans are going to love the way Jason plays the game,” Arlotta said. “He’s not only a great defender but he can transition the ball up the floor, and he has a great scoring touch. In addition to being an outstanding player, Jason is well known for his leadership as demonstrated by being a first team Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award winner. Jason was heavily involved in many leadership roles at Cornell and was also very active in the community.”

Noble, who was the first player in Swarm history to sport the team’s newly designed yellow jerseys, said he’s thrilled to become a member of the Swarm.

“It’s amazing to be a part of the Swarm organization,” Noble said. “I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out today. I’m looking forward to it and playing in front of the fans at The Hive.”

Minnesota came into the draft with the fifth overall pick, but packaged it and D Nik Bilic to the Edmonton Rush in exchange for the fourth overall pick. The Swarm used that selection on Cameron Flint, 22, an athletic midfielder out of the University of Denver. As team captain of the Pioneers in 2013, Flint notched 37 goals and was a USILA first team All-American. Flint, who is 5-foot-11 and 200 pounds, spent his 2013 summer season playing for the Boston Cannons of Major League Lacrosse (MLL).

“Cam is one of the most athletic players I’ve ever scouted and what makes him even better is that his character is equal to his athleticism,” Arlotta said. “Not only is he athletic, but he is also very versatile in that he can play offense, defense and transition. We’re excited to add another young, athletic player to the Swarm organization in Cam Flint.”

Minnesota used its final first-round pick – No. 7 overall – on right-handed forward Scott Jones. Jones, 24, played collegiately for the University of Maryland-Baltimore County and led his squad in scoring during his final three seasons of play. The British Columbia native, who stands tall at 6-foot-4, 210 pounds, has spent the past three summers playing Sr. A ball with the Burnaby Lakers of the WLA.

“Scott is a big, athletic, right-handed scorer who makes our right-side very formidable,” Arlotta said. “He’s also a very unselfish player who will fit right into our approach to share the ball on offense. Scott comes very highly recommended as a player who is great both on and off the floor.” 

After the first round, the Swarm added six more picks. Minnesota selected defenseman Reid Acton out of Loyola University 21st overall, then picked up forward Zach Palmer two picks later at No. 23. Palmer is a lefty forward out of Johns Hopkins University.

In the fourth round, Minnesota selected transition player Jordan Houtby No. 29 overall. The St. Catharines, Ontario, native hails from the University of Detroit-Mercy.

The Swarm made two selections in the fifth round, picking Dominique Alexander 39th overall and J.J. Laforet 42nd overall. Alexander played alongside and was a co-captain with Schuss at Ohio State University. Laforet, a defenseman, attended Stony Brook University.

In the sixth round, Minnesota used the 52nd overall selection on University of Minnesota product Nicholas Jonas. Jonas, a St. Louis Park native, played for Swarm assistant coach Aime Caines the past few seasons. Jonas became the first ever Golden Gopher to be selected in the NLL Entry Draft.

Swarm fans looking to lock up 2014 Season Tickets can take advantage of a Buy 2, Get 2 at 25% offer. By purchasing two season tickets at full price, fans can add an additional two tickets for 25% off. Swarm Single Game Tickets will go on sale Tuesday, Oct. 1. Call 1-888-667-9276 or visit www.mnswarm.com for purchasing information.

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