2019 NLL Draft Spotlight: Jake Fox
Jake Fox - RF
Weight: 210 lbs
Hometown: Gloucester, Ontario
School: Johns Hopkins (NCAA DI)
Current Team: Brooklin Lacrosse Club (MSL)
Junior Team(s): Peterborough Lakers (Jr A), Gloucester Griffins (Jr B)
What the Experts Say
“He is a physical forward who won’t hesitate to go inside and is committed to working to provide space for his teammates. Fox has decent hands and showed good leadership as the Jr A Lakers captain in his final year of junior. He doesn’t have the quickest feet but plays with passion and is dedicated to being the best player he can.“ - Stephen Stamp, IL Indoor
Lacrosse Flash Projected Draft Pick: 15th overall - Toronto Rock
Fox is best known for his time with the Peterboroough Lakers organization — where he spent six years splitting time between the Jr. A and senior teams. But he broke in with his hometown Junior B Griffins. He had 16 goals and 30 points in 12 games with them during his two summers with Gloucester.
He was selected 19th overall by Peterborough in the 2013 Jr A Midget Draft. Playing with the Junior A Lakers, he had 228 points in 79 games. That earned him a call up to the MSL squad. In 38 career senior games, he has 38 goals and 72 points and was a member of the 2018 Lakers squad that hoisted the Mann Cup. Fox was one of the main pieces that was sent to Brooklin in exchange for Kiel Matisz.
With the BLC, Fox was able to play a bigger offensive role, posting two points per game this summer.
Toronto traded away their first-rounder as a part of the deal to acquire Adam Jones two years ago. However, as a result of losing Brodie Merrill to the San Diego Seals last offseason, they received both a compensatory first-round pick this year and a second-rounder in 2020.
Now, the Rock could go in a bunch of different directions with this pick, but over the last few years, they’ve loaded up on talent both in the draft and free agency. With the likes of Adam Jay, Scott Dominey, Mitch Gustavsen and A.J. Kluck all vying for roster spots — not to mention Zac Masson and Josh Jubenville, who are still on the team’s protected list — there’s depth in the organization.
They don’t need someone to step in and be an offensive force on the right side on an every night basis, and that’s a good thing for Fox. He’s already well acclimated to the box game, but he can have the opportunity to rotate into the fold and learn behind the likes of Dan Dawson, Tom Schreiber, Rob Hellyer and Jones.
Fox is 6-foot-3 and over 200 pounds. He doesn’t mind playing physical and going to the cage. That will be a welcomed addition on the right side in the pick and roll game with the skilled righties Toronto possesses.