2020 NLL Entry Draft: Complete results, NCAA breakdowns
Updated: Sep 21, 2020
Back when I was at College Crosse, I did annual NLL Draft recaps with college lacrosse breakdowns. So I figured I'd do that again.
61 of this year’s 93 NLL draft picks played at least one season of NCAA college lacrosse, including top overall pick Jeff Teat and 2019 Tewaaraton Award finalists Grant Ament, TD Ierlan, and Michael Sowers. The 61 total players is up from 53 in 2019 and 50 from 2018.
For the second straight year, the first six picks of the NLL Draft played American college lacrosse last season, including Reid Bowering, Tre Leclaire, and Tanner Cook. Penn State's Mac O'Keefe was the first American selected with the 15th overall pick in the first round.
Check out the full results below:
Let’s dig deeper into the draft, specifically the collegiate backgrounds of those selected.
NCAA Players Selected By Round
1st Round: 13 (2019 total: 15)
2nd Round: 16 (8)
3rd Round: 9 (7)
4th Round: 8 (8)
5th Round: 7 (9)
6th Round: 8 (6)
Every round consisted of half of the draft picks who had NCAA lacrosse experience. Out of the 16 overall picks in the first round, 13 of them consisted of NCAA players.
NCAA Players Selected By College Team
4: RIT Tigers (D3)
3: Canisius Golden Griffins, Denver Pioneers, Johns Hopkins Blue Jays, Limestone Saints (D2), Ohio State Buckeyes, Penn State Nittany Lions, Yale Bulldogs
2: Albany Great Danes, Boston University Terriers, Manhattan Jaspers, Marquette Golden Eagles, Maryland Terrapins, North Carolina Tar Heels, Notre Dame Fighting Irish, Robert Morris Colonials, Syracuse Orange, Towson Tigers, UMass Minutemen, Vermont Catamounts, Virginia Cavaliers
1: Army West Point Black Knights, Cleveland State Vikings, Cornell Big Red, Delaware Blue Hens, Drexel Dragons, Duke Blue Devils, Georgetown Hoyas, Hartford Hawks, High Point Panthers, Hofstra Pride, Princeton Tigers, Providence Friars, Queens Royals (D2), Saint Leo Lions (D2), Stony Brook Seawolves, Tampa Spartans (D2), UMass Lowell River Hawks, UMBC Retrievers, Young Harris Mountain Lions (D2)
36 NCAA schools were represented in last year's NLL Entry Draft, up from 33 in 2018 and 24 in 2017. This year, 40 NCAA schools were represented, with Division III RIT having four draft picks.
NCAA Division I Players Selected By Conference
Big Ten: 11 (+5 from 2019)
ACC: 9 (-1 from 2019)
America East: 8 (+2 from 2019)
Big East: 7 (+5 from 2019)
CAA: 7 (+3 from 2019)
Ivy League: 5 (+2 from 2019)
MAAC: 5 (+2 from 2019)
Patriot League: 3 (+1 from 2019)
NEC: 2 (-3 from 2019)
SoCon: 1 (+1 from 2019)
Independent: 1 (+1 from 2019)
The Big Ten more than doubled their draftee total from a year ago to be the only conference with double-digit selections.
NCAA Players Selected By NLL Team
San Diego: 7 (+7 from 2019)
Calgary: 7 (+5 from 2019)
Colorado: 7 (+2 from 2019)
Philadelphia: 7 (+2 from 2019)
New York: 6 (-3 from 2019)
Georgia: 5 (No change from 2019)
Buffalo: 4 (+1 from 2019)
New England: 4 (No change from 2019)
Saskatchewan: 4 (-1 from 2019)
Toronto: 3 (No change from 2019)
Rochester: 3 (-3 from 2019)
Halifax: 2 (-1 from 2019)
Vancouver: 2 (-1 from 2019)
After drafting zero players with NCAA experience in 2019 after drafting 10 in 2018, all seven of San Diego's 2020 picks involved players with an NCAA background. The Seals joined the Calgary Roughnecks and the Colorado Mammoth tied for first in players picked with NCAA experience.