Features | 11/15/2012 10:47:40 AM | Alex Beilman
| Tryout Camp (Photo: Bandits.com)|
“This is where you earn your Bandits jersey boys.” That was the message Buffalo Bandits head coach Darius Kilgour had for the participants at team’s tryout camp last Saturday at First Niagara Center.
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The camp featured a pair of two-hour sessions during the day. The morning session was a practice to get the participants acclimated to professional lacrosse drills, and a scrimmage took place during the afternoon. There was plenty of skill put on display, but coach Kilgour knows that only a select number of the participants will make the cut.
“Out of the 40 guys that were here, maybe five or six will make it. It’s tough right now. There were a lot of guys really competing hard for a job.”
Kilgour made it clear the only way to make the Bandits was hard work.
“If you quit now, you’re going quit during a game,” he told the players. “And if you don’t make it through this, you’re never going to make it to a game.”
By the end of the day, Kilgour had an idea of who he liked, but did not necessarily tip his hat on any final decisions.
“I was really impressed with a lot of guys,” coach Kilgour said. “A lot of our rookies look good.”
Kilgour mentioned that he was most impressed by players like Dhane Smith, Hayden Smith, Carter Bender and Mitch Barnard. Another standout during both sessions was 2012 second-round draft pick Jordan Critch, showing plenty of top end talent and seeming to fit the style that Kilgour is looking for.
With a talented but aging roster, the team is looking for younger players that can one day fill the spots currently occupied by current Bandits like Mark Steenhuis. Kilgour’s objective is to get younger through the transition players.
“We want transition players. We want guys that are young, fast and have a lot of energy,” explained Kilgour. “We want to speed our team up and get younger and we want to do that through our transition players.”