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Bandits draft brothers; Mammoth select Griffs

The Buffalo Bandits apparently did plenty of scouting of one particular family in preparation for the National Lacrosse League Entry Draft. Meanwhile, the Colorado Mammoth spent their two first-round picks on Canisius College teammates.

Those were a couple of the highlights from the NLL draft, which wrapped up late Wednesday night in Toronto.

The Bandits did not have a first-round pick, but selected Jeremy Thompson of Syracuse University with their first pick in the second round. Then in the third round, Buffalo grabbed Thompson's brother, Jerome, of Onondaga C.C. The brothers helped LaFayette High School win state titles in 2003 and 2005.

Jeremy scored 33 goals for Syracuse and won more than 50 percent of his facoffs, helping him twice earn All-American honors. He spent the summer playing with Hamilton in Major League Lacrosse. Jerome was the Junior College Player of the Year in 2009, and has been playing indoor lacrosse for parts of the last five years.

Meanwhile, Colorado took Adam Jones with the third overall pick, while Dan Coates went eighth. Both are coming off great careers for Canisius. Jones is from Owen Sound, Ont. He was the first All-American to play lacrosse at Canisius, scoring 98 goals for the Golden Griffins. Jones was a first-team all-Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference selection three times. Coates, of St. Catharines, Ont., led the Canisius defense during his four-year career. He also was an all-conference selection in 2011.

Kevin Crowley of Stony Brook was the first overall pick, going to Philadelphia. Stephen Keogh of Syracuse went second to Rochester, which also added the fifth overall pick with a trade with Calgary. The Knighthawks used that selection to take Johnny Powless of Six Nations, Ontario.

Buffalo's list of selections went as follows:

Second round: Jeremy Thompson of Syracuse and Jeff Cornwall of Conquitlam, British Columbia. Third round: Connor Daly of Burlington, Ont., and Jerome Thompson of Onondaga C.C. Fourth round: Billy Bitter of North Carolina. Fifth round: Dwight Bero of Dartmouth University. Sixth round: Lloyd Chrysler of Tuscarora University.

email: bbailey@buffnews.com

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