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It’s been a busy and exciting past couple of days for the New York Riptide. First off, they took down the Georgia Swarm on Saturday night to secure their first win in franchise history. And on Monday night, the Riptide announced that they had signed former Duke star and current Chaos LC star Myles Jones to a protected practice player contract.
“He is a guy that we’ve had at training camps for US Indoor over the past few years. He doesn’t have a lot of box experience but he has a lot upside and wants to learn and evolve his game. His size, speed and athleticism will fit in well with our team,” said Riptide head coach Regy Thorpe in a release from the team.
A Long Island native, Jones was a star in lacrosse, basketball, and football in high school before taking his lacrosse talents to Duke, where he helped lead the Blue Devils to two consecutive NCAA DI national championships (2013,2014). Jones won the Lt. J. G. Donald MacLaughlin Award as the nation’s top midfielder and named a Tewaarton Award finalist in both his junior and senior seasons. He was also the 2016 ACC Offensive Player of the Year and a three-time All-American in college.
Jones was taken first overall in the 2016 MLL Draft by the Atlanta Blaze but was traded to the Chesapeake Bayhawks after just two games. This past summer, he joined the PLL for their inaugural season, playing for Chaos LC. He scored 21 points and was named to the PLL All-Star team.
The 6-foot-5, 260 pound midfielder has minimal box experience and is certainly not expected to be seen on an NLL gameday roster anytime soon. However, he did play for Team USA during their Blue-White scrimmage during January of 2018 and showed flashes of how good he can potentially be in between the boards.