The 14-year old Roswell rising sophomore was chosen as a 2014 Brine National High School All-American and selected to play in the 2014 Brine National Lacrosse Classic in Boyds, Md., June 30 through July 3.
Oknin, who played for the Roswell junior varsity team this spring, will be playing for the Southeast Region team and is among the 300 rising sophomores who will be taking part in the 12-team event.
“It’s like one of the biggest things that I’ve ever had in lacrosse,” Oknin said. “It’s going to be a big honor for me to be playing with some of the best 300 freshman from around the country.”
Oknin is especially excited about the chance to play against the some of the best players from the Northeast – which is considered to be the biggest lacrosse hotbed in the nation – as well as getting the chance to display his skills before a large number of college coaches who will be in attendance.
“I get to play with the best kids that are up north and that’s my real competition, because I want to play at a good [NCAA Division I] college and that’s the kids I’m going to be playing against and there should be a bunch of colleges there,” Oknin said. “They can’t talk to me, but they can look at me and put me on their list. So, right now, I’ve been working every day on my skill set – working to get faster, stronger, just for this tournament. Because, even though it’s just five days, it’s still one of the biggest things I’ve had so far.”
Oknin tried out for a spot in the tournament at a regional tryout in East Roswell Park in April and received noticed of his selection three weeks later.
In addition to the tournament action, the event also features seminars on college recruiting.
The event is the highlight of an active summer of lacrosse for Oknin, who will be playing in a number of other big tournaments for his summer team, the Atlanta Thunder.
He is also looking forward to earning a spot on the Roswell varsity next spring and joining a Hornet squad that won the Class AAAAAA state championship – its first in school history – last month.
“Our program is getting a lot better now,” Oknin said. “Hopefully, I’ll be able to go on varsity and win a state championship again.”