In 1998, ESPN the Magazine published its’ first annual “NEXT” issue, recognizing an elite group of emerging athletes to watch. There are no sure things when predicting future athletic success, but ESPN did pretty well with its’ picks for the athletes featured in the inaugural NEXT issue: Kobe Bryant, Alex Rodriguez, Kordell Stewart, and Eric Lindros. With this article Capital District Lax will begin exploring who might be the NEXT to capture the attention of Capital District Lacrosse fans.
Up first UAlbany commit Tehoka Nanticoke.
A member of the Iroquois Confederacy, Nanticoke grew up on a reservation as part of the Six Nations in Canada before moving on to finish high school at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida. The move to IMG gave Nanticoke the opportunity to improve his academics to the level expected by NCAA Division I universities. According to an April report from IMG Lacrosse Director Bill Shatz, while at IMG Nanticoke turned himself from a C student to one who gets A’s and B’s. In May 2016, Nanticoke committed to play for Coach Scott Marr at UAlbany. Nanticoke will complete a post graduate year at IMG, and has therefore been reclassified as a member of the 2017 class.
3D Rising staff offer the following comments about Nanticoke:
“This kid is a wizard with the stick. Wild around the world passes and behind the back flip passes without ever looking are normal for Tehoka. Without ever needing to run full speed, he made it defenders look like they were stuck in cement by getting them to chase the tempting target of his stick held up in the air. With great ball handling from his fellow attackmen, Tehoka often got the opportunity to do the finishing on the crease. Without ever needing to really throw a stick fake, Tehoka only really needs to throw a shoulder fake and the goalie will fake himself out guessing where the ball is going to get placed. Something else that really stuck out for me was his ability to play with a defensemen hanging right on his back. Using the pressure and rolling around defenders, nobody seemed to have the answer to the question: how do we stop Tehoka Nanticoke?”
Nanticoke is serving as a member of the Iroquois National team in the U19 World Lacrosse Championships currently under way in Coquitlam, British Columbia. In the team’s opening game, Nanticoke scorched England, scoring five goals and adding two assists. The Iroquois next face Canada tonight (Sun July 10, 2016) at 10:30 PM (EST). U19 World Lacrosse Championship live coverage is available on pay-per-view at LIVE COVERAGE or check in on the event SCOREBOARD.
Incredible assist from Tehoka Nanticoke in the U19 Iroquois vs England Game
— Lacrosse Film Room (@LaxFilmRoom) July 10, 2016