Powless to go No. 1

MIKE KOREEN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:08 AM ET

The proud Powless family will add yet another major lacrosse feat to its collective resume tonight.

Six Nations product Delby Powless -- nephew of Ross Powless and a cousin of Gaylord Powless, both of whom are members of the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame -- will go first overall to the Buffalo Bandits in the National Lacrosse League entry draft tonight (8 p.m., live webcast on thelacrossejournal.com). The draft, considered relatively weak, will take place on a conference call.

Buffalo yesterday made a major deal to acquire the top pick from the Minnesota Swarm, shipping captain Mike Accursi among others to the expansion team. Accursi, reportedly, hasn't decided whether he'll report to Minnesota.

"I don't feel a lot of pressure (having the Powless name)," said Delby Powless, the top scorer for the Six Nations Chiefs in the Ontario Lacrosse Association major series this year. "My whole family is really supportive. There are a lot of lacrosse players in the family, not just me. But I realize lacrosse is a big part of the family and I'm helping carry on the tradition."

The 5-foot-7, 170-pound Powless, 24, who was coached by the late Gaylord as a teenager, made a name for himself at the world indoor lacrosse championship last year in southern Ontario, leading the tournament in goals for the Iroquois Nationals under Bandits coach Darris Kilgour.

Don't bother asking Bandits general manager Kurt Silcott whether he is concerned about Powless' small stature.

"His whole life, people have been telling him he's not big enough for the next level," Silcott said of Powless, a Brock University student. "Well, he keeps going to the next level and performing ... How good can he be? As far as potential, there is no end to it."

The Toronto Rock, which sent its first-round pick (seventh) to the now-defunct New York Saints to land Chris Driscoll last year, will make its first selection in the No. 16 slot (second round). Elora junior-B forward Jamie Rooney is believed to be high on the Rock's list, but GM/coach Terry Sanderson won't discuss names.

"There might be a couple of diamonds out there," he said. "But when you're drafting that late, luck can play a part in it."

Victoria defender Rory Glaves is expected to go second overall to the Vancouver Ravens, while San Jose is eyeing Princeton forward Ryan Boyle at No. 3. The Arizona Sting, at No. 4, like Victoria transition man Chris McKay.


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