BUFFALO, NY (Bandits Media Release) --- The Buffalo Bandits selected Jeremy Thompson with the ninth overall pick in the 2011 NLL Entry Draft and acquired six other prospects during the draft that was held in Toronto on Wednesday.
Thompson (01/03/87, 5’11’’, 194 lbs.) played two seasons for Syracuse University where he amassed 33 goals and 53 points in 32 games, earning All-American honors in both seasons. The 24-year-old midfielder from the Onondaga Nation previously spent two years with junior college powerhouse Onondaga Community College (OCC), helping the team go undefeated (31-0) en route to two NJCAA championships.
In the second round, the Bandits drafted left-handed defenseman Jeff Cornwall with the 15th overall pick. Cornwall (6’ 2’’, 200 lbs.) most recently played for his hometown Jr. A Coquitlam Adanacs, where the physical defender helped anchor a defense that yielded less than seven goals per game on average.
With the first of two consecutive picks in the third round, Buffalo chose defenseman Connor Daly 24th overall. A Mimico, ON native, Daly (04/30/1990, 6’2’’, 210 lbs.) is considered to be a shutdown defender and has led the Jr. A Burlington Chiefs to five consecutive playoff appearances.
The Bandits then selected Jerome Thompson, Jeremy’s younger brother by one year, at 25th overall. The 5’11’’, 200 lb. forward was named the 2009 Junior College Player of the Year after scoring 65 goals and 56 assists in 16 games at OCC. Thompson played box lacrosse this past summer for the Senior B St. Regis Braves, where he led his team with 51 regular season points (13+38) in 14 games. The Thompson brothers are cousins of Bandits forward Brett Bucktooth.
At 33rd overall in the fourth round, Buffalo tabbed forward Billy Bitter from the University of North Carolina. Born in Manhasset, NY, Bitter (06/10/1988, 6’0’’, 170 lbs.) was a two-time first-team All-American at UNC and was a candidate for the 2010 Tewaaraton Award, which is given to the NCAA’s lacrosse player of the year.
Buffalo selected defenseman Dwight Bero from Dartmouth University in the fifth round with the 41st overall pick. Bero (6’0’’, 210 lbs.) is a Mohawk Nation member who won the 2011 Presidents Cup with St. Regis while playing alongside Bucktooth and the Thompsons.
The Bandits traded their sixth round selection in the 2012 NLL Entry Draft to the Calgary Roughnecks in exchange for the 51st overall pick in 2011. Buffalo used the sixth round selection to draft defenseman Lloyd Chrysler from the Tuscarora Nation. Chrysler played the past three seasons with the St. Catharines Jr. A team.