Mac O’Keefe signs two-year deal with Archers LC
“He’s a premier stretch shooter, which is something you can’t teach,” said Bates. “Any time his stick is free, he’s a dangerous scoring threat.”
During his first two season with Chaos LC, O’Keefe ran out of the box as a midfielder. He made up one-half of the league’s most dangerous pick-and-roll combo with Josh Byrne. Bates sees him in a similar role alongside Connor Fields or Ryan Ambler on the lefty side of the Archers’ twins set. And he anticipates O’Keefe carrying the ball more often.
“If you look at our game against Chaos last year, he manufactured a goal just by being aggressive with the ball in his stick. If he gets a shorty on him, our hope is that he’s going to continue to develop on-ball, too,” said Bates. “I think he’s just scratching the surface.”
Bates plans to expand O’Keefe’s skillset. Not into a right-handed player, he joked. But into more of a dodger — someone who makes defenses think twice about locking off adjacents to invite isolations.