National signing week

#1
As we are in to the week of NLI signings here are the new TR blue chip recruits . Obviously there will also be overseas recruits. I am only restricting this list to blue chips to make things simple. Almost all the male blue chips have committed, maybe there are less women because a few more are going the direct pro route. Any thoughts about the recruiting as it stands ? Duke appear super active on the men’s , UCLA on the women’s. But I guess a lot depends on the existing rosters and how many seniors each team are losing next year.

Men’s
Virginia - Christian Alshon,
Florida - Blaise Bicknell , William Grant
TCU - Jenson Brooksby
Texas - Jacob Bullard, Cleeve Harper, Siem Woldeab
Ohio State - Robert Cash , Cannon Kingsley, John Mercer
USC - Stefan Dostanic, Ryder Jackson
Gonzaga- Eric Hadigan
Duke - Michael Heller , Garrett Johns, Omni Kumar , Andrew Zhang
LSU- Ronald Hohmann
Harvard - Ronan Jachuck
Columbia- Alexander Kotzen
Georgia Tech - Andres Martin
UCLA - Govind Nanda
Texas A&M -Pierce Rollins
Georgia - Tyler Zink

Women’s
Duke- Margaret Bilokin
Stanford - Angelica Blake, Nicole Mossmar
Michigan- Andrea Cerdan
Georgia Tech - Gia Cohen
Northwestern- Briana Crowley
Clemson- Ali Despain
UCLA-Abigail Forbes, Alexandra Vagramov, Taylor Johnson
Illinois- Josie Frazier, Ashley Yeah
UNC - Kacie Harvey, Anika Yarlagadda
Vanderbilt- Dasha Kourkina
Yale- Rena Lin
Virginia- Natasha Subhash
Oklahoma State - Alana Wolfberg
 
#4
Virginia picks up Brandon Nakashima. I thought he was going to go straight to pro.
If Nakashima is ranked 2nd in the nation and he is in CA, why didn't choose Stanford and instead is going to fly across the country to play for UVA? That's does not make sense to me. I've been to both Stanford and UVA in Charlotteville. Stanford academic is second to none and its close proximity to wealth and Silicon Valley make it very attractive. The weather at Stanford is so much better than Charlotteville. Not to mention there was a protest/riot by the Alt-right in Charlotteville where people died and injured. Definitely much better networking at Stanford than UVA. Just don't understand how young people make those type of decisions some time.

if Nakashima decides to go pro, he will forfeit his scholarship. that's like 250k of scholarship in four years. He is currently ranked at almost 800 at the age of 17. Unless his family is wealthy, he is advised to go to college and get an education. After that, he can try out on the pro tour.
 
#5
TCU getting Brooksby? Should be an excellent addition! Was quit impressed by his play over the summer. Plus GT getting Gia Cohen is pretty solid. I've had the chance to hit with her and she knocks the cover off the ball.
 
#6
If Nakashima is ranked 2nd in the nation and he is in CA, why didn't choose Stanford and instead is going to fly across the country to play for UVA? That's does not make sense to me. I've been to both Stanford and UVA in Charlotteville. Stanford academic is second to none and its close proximity to wealth and Silicon Valley make it very attractive. The weather at Stanford is so much better than Charlotteville. Not to mention there was a protest/riot by the Alt-right in Charlotteville where people died and injured. Definitely much better networking at Stanford than UVA. Just don't understand how young people make those type of decisions some time.

if Nakashima decides to go pro, he will forfeit his scholarship. that's like 250k of scholarship in four years. He is currently ranked at almost 800 at the age of 17. Unless his family is wealthy, he is advised to go to college and get an education. After that, he can try out on the pro tour.
My guess is Virginia was able to give him a full scholarship. Even Brooksby said he was only able to get a partial scholarship from Stanford so he chose TCU.
 
#8
Wow. If Stanford does not give out full scholarship to the number #1 player in the country, who does it give full scholarship to? It is not like the school is short on $$$
It's not about how much $ the school has. D1 schools are only allowed 4.5 scholarships for mens tennis. Technically if they gave more they will be in violation of NCAA rules. Some schools find other ways to get players money - academic scholarship, "work-study", etc, but they don't want to raise any red flags. Stanford most likely just couldn't give him what he wanted due to their scholarship allocations to current players. It's a common misconception that all players on D1 rosters are on full rides.
 
#9
If Nakashima is ranked 2nd in the nation and he is in CA, why didn't choose Stanford and instead is going to fly across the country to play for UVA? That's does not make sense to me. I
There a lot of reasons why BN may have chosen VA over Stanford or other schools:1) will he be able to play #1 there vs 2S at other schools? 2) UVA probably has the most US recent college grads ranked ATP 200-500-maybe those guys use UVA as a home base for training; Stanford's Geller and Fawcett have done OK on ATP but cant compare with UVA guys 3) UVA may have the best tennis booster program in the country-both UVA and Stanford will provide connections for jobs post grad and post tour 4) sometimes players just want to go to college away from home 5) Stanford has tended to underperform in the big NCAA matches 6) UVA has a lot of young talent-maybe BN sees the potential of recreating UVA's legacy along with Alshon, Ross, etc 7) the ACC has won recent NCAAs and playing in the ACC will guarantee BN will play top college who also are top 500-750 ATP 8) BN has a chance to get WCs to Challenger Quali and MD on West Coast anyway as a Calif native son who has done well; by going to UVA which hosts a Challenger (plus Cary) he has added another coast where he could earn WCs 9) he may be closer to guys at UVA from the juniors than Stanford or bonded more to the UVA team and coach than Stanford's-there are a lot of intangibles in play in college decisions that cant be objectively measured.

Whatever his reasoning, he along with the rest of the top players of his class are choosing college over going straight to pro which is a smart move in light of the changes to tour in 2019. 2015 was the last class with so many strong players going pro-Tiafoe, Fritz, Opelka, Mmoh, Paul, and Kozlov who all played at 2015 Kzoo. A couple of those probably should have played 1-2 years of college tennis.
 
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#14
*best* at squandering match points :)...sorry...
your comment is so stupid it is not even funny. Those things happened even with Federer, more than once. Fed squandered two match points against Djoker, on Fed's serve at 40-15 and lost the match at the 2011 USO. Fed had match point on Kevin Anderson in 2018 Wimbledon and lost the match.

Even the great Steve Jobs got fired from Apple. He came back to Apple and made it the company today on his 2nd stint.
 
#16
your comment is so stupid it is not even funny. Those things happened even with Federer, more than once. Fed squandered two match points against Djoker, on Fed's serve at 40-15 and lost the match at the 2011 USO. Fed had match point on Kevin Anderson in 2018 Wimbledon and lost the match.

Even the great Steve Jobs got fired from Apple. He came back to Apple and made it the company today on his 2nd stint.
You must really love Stanford or something
 
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