The NJCAA Division I Men's Tournament begins Thursday in Phoenix. The tournament annually features some of the most intriguing prospects to be found in the college ranks. Here are this year's players to watch, one from each team ...
Amit Abudmad (Mercer County). Freshman midfielder from Israel scored against Massasoit (5-1) and added two goals against Bryant & Stratton (2-0) in district play to give him 19 goals.
Alex Aguilar (South Suburban).Freshman from Chicago is the Bulldogs' top scorer with 31 goals.
Kieron Bernard (San Jacinto) At 6-foot-3, the Jamaica is an imposing force on the backline.
Sam Hayden (Yavapai).Sophomore goalie from Jackson, Wy., returns to the nationals, where he made all-tournament in 2007.
Lee Hendley (CCBC-Essex). Freshman forward from England's Altrincham FC leads the Knights with 31 goals and 15 assists.
Michael Iyoha (Schoolcraft).Sophomore from Nigeria by way of Ann Arbor (Mich.) Huron High School is a special player for the Ocelots.
Mike Mecerod (Georgia Perimeter).Was named to the all-tournament team for the Jaguars at last year's nationals and leads them with 11 goals and 12 assists this year.
Oscar Zeleya (Garden City).Sophomore defender, an All-Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference pick, is one of 12 players from Miami on the Broncbusters' roster.