Small, with big goals

GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI AGENCY

, Last Updated: 9:12 AM ET

His name says it all.

At five-foot-nine, 180 pounds, Corey Small is the smallest player on the Edmonton Rush.

But his physical stature says nothing of the potential the team sees in its top pick from the 2010 NLL Draft.

"I'm just really excited; I would have played anywhere," said Small. "But this is a great team. (Head coach) Derek (Keenan) has got a great reputation around the league and he seemed really excited to have me."

Small was taken in the first round, ninth overall by the Rush after playing at the university of Albany. Last summer, he played field lacrosse with the 2009 MLL champion Toronto Nationals.

Indoors, Small played J unior A in Ontario with the St. Catharines Athletics and the Kitchener-Waterloo Kodiaks.

"I pretty much grew up playing box lacrosse, but field was kind of like a later thing for school," said Small, who is back in his element with the Rush, although he might have felt a little out of place in training camp considering the amount of veteran experience the team brought in during the off-season.

"I was definitely nervous going in," Small said. "There are very few teams in this league. Portland folded, so a spot is hard to come across.

"You can get drafted, but there are no guarantees. But I think I had a good enough camp."

The lefty offensive player belongs to a position slated for improvement by the new coaching staff. His first NLL preseason brought a steep learning curve.

"The guys have been great. I moved in with Andy Secore who is also a lefty offensive player, so him and I have been getting along," Small said. "He and Jimmy Quinlan have taken me under their wing and kind of show me around and teach me a few things. I'm definitely learning from them."


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