Paul Carcaterra’s Big Board: Defensemen

By Paul Carcaterra | Apr 21, 2023

The Premier Lacrosse League 2023 College Draft will take place on Tuesday, May 9th at 7PM (ET). Watch all 32 picks of the draft live from ESPN Studios on ESPNU or ESPN+.

ESPN analyst Paul Carcaterra has released his top 10 defensemen in the 2023 class:

1. Gavin Adler (Cornell)

2. Will Bowen (Georgetown)

3. Owen Grant (Delaware)

4. Brett Makar (Maryland)

5. Alex Mazzone (Georgetown)

6. Chris Fake (Notre Dame)

7. Troy Hettinger (Jacksonville)

“I’m banging the table in terms of my marketing for Troy Hettinger,” Jacksonville head coach and former Chrome LC goalie John Galloway told USA Lacrosse Magazine. “He is everything you look for in an ACC athlete. He plays every position—man-up, man-down, short-stick d-mid. He’ll play some [close] defense for us this year. A jack of all trades. He’s the closest thing I’ve seen to Joel White in my career coaching. I already told the PLL guys he is undoubtedly a professional lacrosse player.”

8. Cade Saustad (Virginia)

9. John Geppert (Maryland)

10. Ethan Rall (Rutgers)