Turkish National Team & Impulse Defenseman Prepares for TXD 150 Showcase
By Chris Goldberg, TopLaxRecruits.com, Posted 5/15/22
Oklahoma’s Edil Barish is anxious to show college recruiters his lacrosse IQ has grown when he competes June 3 at the Victory Events TXD Elite 150 Showcase in Plano, TX.
Edil Barish (Courtesy of Marek Stor / shutterlax.com)
“I think what I want to show coaches the most is my fundamental skills,” said Barish, who attends Heritage Hall and plays high school for Capital City. “I am honing in on my recruiting and this year I feel I became a student of the game. I worked on the little details like footwork and getting low.”
The showcase event at Carpenter Park (for boys in the classes of 2023, 2024, 2025) has limited openings for most positions, but there are spots for faceoff middies. Click here to register or get on the wait list.
The Victory Events girls’ Lonestar Elite Showcase on the same day at Carpenter Park, for players in 2023-26, also has some openings. Click here to register
Barish, of Arcadia, plays club for Impulse and is the youngest member of the Turkish National Team. At 6-2, 215, the lefthander first began playing lacrosse as a youngster in Maryland and then in Denver before settling in Oklahoma. His grandparents immigrated from Turkey and his parents first settled in Wisconsin.
Barish said his biggest strengths are his skills at X defense and in clears and his transition game. “When the ball needs to be cleared, I can do it quickly,” he said.
“I wanted to play at the highest level I can. Having the ability to play in front of top level coaches is an amazing opportunity. It’s always fun to play against Texas players.”
Barish – who has a 4.0 GPA – is considering some D1 and D2 schools. “I am talking to a few coaches right now and I have some D2 offers. I am not picky; I am more worried about education. My philosophy is that lacrosse is for education and both go together. I really want to pick a school to get an education while also playing at the highest level of lacrosse.”
Barish earned the spot on the Turkish National Team after learning a friend had made the Korean U21 team and realizing he had a shot at his own National squad. He competed last month with Turkey in its first trip to the European Qualifiers in Poland.
“Since I am a Turkish citizen, I wanted to rep my country in the sport I love,” he said. “I studied it on the website and reached out to them and did a few interviews and sent my highlight videos.
“I got admitted to the European Qualifiers and met some fascinating guys from all over the world. The game is growing and people are playing the sport from all over the world. It’s amazing.
“Our country is building and hopefully if lacrosse is in the 2028 Olympics we can qualify for the sixes.”
Registration is closing soon for the TXD boys’ and girls’ showcase events on Friday, June 3 in Plano, TX.
Registration also is closing for the Victory Events Texas Draw Lacrosse Tournament for boys and girls on June 4-5 at Plano.