Deric took 5th place at the San Diego National Open Boys 14 (Level 2) in May 2010 when he was really starting to get on his game. But, in September of 2011, Deric unfortunately dislocated his shoulder in a freak accident diving for a ball at a Level 2 national tourney in Carmel which was, thankfully, followed by a very successful surgery in December 2011, a long and very successful 8-mo. rehab, and tremendous physical conditioning, during which he sadly lost all his ranking points. Deric therefore had to basically start over after consistently being a 5 Star player and easily among the top 100 players in the country for his class on TRN. His shoulder is now fully healed and completely pain free. Deric was cleared to play tourneys last August and took two 1sts, a 2d and a 3d in singles and won all three doubles finals in his first four NorCal open tourneys in a year. Since then, Deric has already moved up from completely unranked to #18 in NorCal and 189 0n TRN. However, getting into national tourneys remains his biggest challenge right now. So, he will be playing upcoming TRN college and other showcases to try to gain national exposure and ranking points that have been hard to come by. In the last few months, Deric has won one doubles NorCal championship tourney and lost in the finals of another. Deric also just took 2nd in singles at the TRN showcase in San Diego and won his first round in singles and doubles at the Clay Court Championships at Delray. He is anxious to meet with interested coaches at upcoming tourneys and showcases or by making official or unofficial visits, so it is hoped interested coaches will contact Deric either directly at [email protected]
or his father at [email protected]
Deric is also a fantastic athlete who simply needs to grow and prosper in the right college environment which will hopefully help him to continue to mature mentally which has been a bit of a struggle especially with his year off and the attendant confidence issues that created. He is the kind of person a college coach should bet on to improve more and faster than others who have already peaked or nearly reached their potential by having had all the opportunities available or who have fully matured which he hasn't. Deric's a long way from reaching his full potential so some coach is going to end up with a real diamond in the rough here. The question is who will take a bit of a gamble by relying less on his current 4 Star TRN and USTA rankings and more on his sheer physical condition and talents. Please see below for more info about this impressive young man.
Deric is truly an incredible and well-rounded young man who just finished his junior year at El Sereno H.S. on independent study and also took calculus at Del Campo H.S. by special admittance along with other AP and Honors courses at El Sereno. Deric just earned all A's again this past semester and has a near 4.3 GPA (and over 200 credits already toward 210 needed to graduate) which he expects to increase through more honors and AP courses next year including physics and chemistry. He is #1 in his class and plans to graduate a valedictorian and is very intelligent. He is particularly gifted in math and sciences, though he does well in all courses including English, History, Spanish, etc. He has traditionally scored very high on national testing and just took the SAT this June and got a 1760 by studying completely on his own. However, he will be taking the Kaplan prep course starting Aug 25 and will be taking the SAT again this Fall. Deric has had no disciplinary problems and has never smoked or taken any illicit drugs or consumed any type of alcohol, and has vowed never to do so as he is very much against all of these things. Deric attends church every Sunday when not at tourneys and a church youth group Tuesday nights which keep him very grounded and respectful. He also participates in community service activities including helping feed the poor, a mission to Tijuana Mex. and many others especially during Christmas vacations. Deric can talk to any adult as well as most adults and will be a tremendous academic asset to any college as well. With his academic and tennis talents, along with his good looks, charm, wit and sensitivity, the sky's the limit for this young man and the lucky college that recruits him.
Deric attended both Nike and/or Spare Time summer camps every summer for many years. Last summer he attended the JMG Tennis Academy mentioned below.
Deric attended Spare Time Academy at the Rio Del Oro, Gold River and Broadstone tennis clubs for about seven years during which he was primarily coached by renowned junior coach Rich Andrews. Deric has been at the JMG Academy at the Arden Hills Tennis Club near Sacramento which is run by renowned junior coach, Joseph Gilbert, and which has some of the top junior players in NorCal including Brandon Sutter, Lovedeep Singh and Collin Altamirano, among many others. Deric is now being primarly coached by Joseph Gilbert. His secondary coach was Sherif Zaher, a former NCAA champion who also has a doctorate in Sports Psychology until the Academy moved to Arden Hills in February. Deric's typical week of training includes 4 hours of privates with Joseph, plus 2 hours a day of the Academy, plus at least 3 days of matches and weekend tourneys now, and approx. 1-2 hours of daily conditioning which includes long distance running (he runs under a 4:30 mile), sprints, cardio machines, serious weights (he leg presses over 1100 lbs and curls with 130 lbs for example), core, plyometrics, and stretching. He plays most sports and is also a black belt in Kempo and an overall fantastic athlete, physical specimen, and a literal beast (he is the local arm wrestling champ among high schoolers at the local sports clubs). Deric would be a tremendous asset to any college tennis program. Deric can be reached at 916 559 0559 or at [email protected]
His father, Don Wanland, can be reached at 916 837 9900 or [email protected]