One Percent Showcase: ’26 Positional MVPs
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Put on by Matt Chandik and Dynamic Sports in Delray Beach (Fla.), One Percent Showcase welcomed a geographically diverse group of talent and featured coaching from Notre Dame, North Carolina, Maryland, Delaware, Army, Syracuse, Yale, Harvard, Lehigh, Providence, St. Joseph’s,…
Put on by Matt Chandik and Dynamic Sports in Delray Beach (Fla.), One Percent Showcase welcomed a geographically diverse group of talent and featured coaching from Notre Dame, North Carolina, Maryland, Delaware, Army, Syracuse, Yale, Harvard, Lehigh, Providence, St. Joseph’s, High Point, and Mercer. Saturday’s 2026 event was met with a steady downpour of rain (making note-taking rather interesting), but that didn’t stop some of the better players in the class from putting on a show and receiving high-level coaching in the process.
I’ll have more content on Saturday’s top performers at American Heritage, but for now, get to know the players that I’ve named MVP at each position.
Posting four goals in the All-Star Game to lock down Offensive MVP honors from the One Percent crew, Plunkett was back at it down in Florida, having already been highlighted for his prowess at NAL earlier this fall. There’s no doubt that he’s a volume shooter and left-hand dominant, so while he needs to become more two-handed, he’s so confident with his left to the point that he’s not only willing to take low-angle shots with his stick to the outside but finishes them more often than not. Constantly getting a step on his man from the wings and up top, Plunkett has a nasty split dodge and gets so much power behind his jump shots when he sweeps across the top. Likely a middie at the next level, he did an outstanding job hiding his stick behind his body before the release and did so in the ASG before burying a low bouncer, one of two goals that went past Hunter Mezzatesta in the second half.
I have yet to see a Class of 2026 prospect as unguardable as Faison has proven to be in my early stages of evaluating the class. Leave a shortstick on him at your peril, but if you do, the likelihood of the ball winding up in the back of the net is rather high. Utilizing an unmatched first step, Dylan was a terror to keep up with scored at will off the dodge, routinely blowing by the slide and darting around the offensive zone with superb body control. He’s got excellent hands, too, and gets shots off in a hurry from a plethora of release points, putting on a show throughout the event and capping things off with a four-goal showing in the All-Star Game.
His older brother, Jordan, came to Notre Dame as a Top 50 player in his class and a two-star football recruit before going on to score three touchdowns during the regular season of his freshman year. Dylan is just as dynamic athletically but bigger than Jordan was at this stage and further along with his skill set, and we’re talking about a kid who was ranked 33rd in his class as a rising junior.
Everything Kim does is fast. Pairing exceptional athleticism with a wiry 6’0 frame, he’s incredibly quick to the whistle and is such an asset to his team due to his ability to execute fast breaks. At One Percent, Kim’s clean offensive exits were a thing of beauty. When he didn’t win the clamp, he routinely gained possession with his counters and was outstanding in scrums. Technically sound, great off the ground and impactful with the ball in his stick, he did a great job of recognizing when to go to the rack and when it was appropriate to dump the ball off to a teammate. Keep him on the field after a win and good things will happen.
A recent transfer from Wheaton Academy (Ill.) to Culver, Carter was a presence in the middle of the field and asserted himself nicely off the wings of face-offs and in transition. Long and athletic at 6’2, 185 pounds, he played with a high motor and used nifty stick work and physicality to his advantage throughout the weekend. He was great at getting in the passing lanes and disrupting offensive possessions with knockdowns and clean interceptions, and constantly put pressure on opponents in unsettled scenarios. In the All-Star Game, Carter kicked off the scoring when he took a pass from Anthony Mancaruso (St. Anthony’s, N.Y.) and deposited it into the back of the net.
Powers’ approach to defense was easy to appreciate, and it was quickly apparent that he’s been coached well. Man-conscious away from the ball, he was always in the right spots and did his best to make sure that his teammates were too. Although he’s played plenty of LSM in the past, the Florida native was a force down low with fantastic footwork, an excellent stick, and impressive defensive principles. Powers moved deftly behind the cage and made life difficult for his matchups, but he was just as comfortable up top. With room to grow at 5’11 and 165 pounds, he’s got a strong lower body and found success against a variety of different styles.
Mezzatesta was a bonafide thief on his way to being named One Percent’s Defensive MVP for the second consecutive time. Showing out in the rain, he mirrored his Maverik Showtime ASG showing by making nine saves in stellar fashion while allowing just two goals, with both goals coming from Plunkett (though Mezzatesta stymied him multiple times, too). He was always up to the task and difficult to save, stealing a ton of would-be goals thanks to his disciplined footwork, angle play, and elite top-hand speed. Set to be a four-year starter for the Huskers, Mezzatesta almost always caught it cleanly, and when he didn’t, he got his big frame in the way to eat shots. Clearing the ball with poise, he got the ball up and out and was as steady as they come in all facets.