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ARENA HOSTING NLL ENTRY DRAFT

Marine Midland Arena will host the annual National Lacrosse League Entry Draft, on Tuesday starting at 4:30 p.m. in the Harbour Club on the 100 level.

The draft will consist of nine rounds and the players selected will include prospects from American colleges and universities, as well as the Canadian major divisions from the Ontario Lacrosse Association and British Columbia Lacrosse Association.

The expansion Albany Attack, which begins play in the Pepsi Arena this winter, will have the first selection. The top prospect is John Grant Jr., who led the NCAA in scoring this spring with 56 goals and 54 assists for 110 points in 17 games with the University of Delaware. An attackman, he was named the Outstanding Player in Division I in '99.

Grant is from Hanmer, Ont., and unlike most of the top NCAA field lacrosse players, he has plenty of box experience. Grant spent his summer playing for Team Canada in the World Cup of Lacrosse, where he led his team in scoring during the two-game series against Team USA. He also scored 18 goals with 21 assists for 39 points in just 10 games with the OLA's Peterborough Lakers.

Grant was drafted out of secondary school, but not signed, by the Buffalo Bandits in 1996 before becoming a superstar at Delaware and leading the Blue Hens into the '99 NCAA Tournament.

Barring a blockbuster deal, it seems unlikely the Bandits will get another shot at Grant. Buffalo, which finished second-last with a 4-8 record in 1999, picks sixth out of eight teams in the first round. That's the result of a previous trade with the Rochester Knighthawks, in which the two teams flipped picks. Rochester finished third last year.

The draft is free and open to the public and no ticket is required for admission. Draft updates will be provided during the "FAN TV" show on Empire cable.

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