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2017 Top NCAA Division III Men's Classes

As we get to the middle of June, our recruiting class rankings are moving towards conclusion. Today and Friday we feature the last of our recruiting lists - starting with today's look at the top men's classes in NCAA Division III tennis.

The popularity of Division III tennis has been rising steadily. The number of reported commitments to D-III programs seems to rise every year - as does the quality of the recruits. This year, we already have almost 350 reported commitments overall, and our Top 25 list features eight 5-Star recruits as well as 28 4-Stars. Indeed, even the No. 24 and 25 recruiting classes on our list have 4-Star recruits.

With this kind of quantity and quality in place, today is a great day to check in on our Top 25.


Top 25 NCAA D-III Men's Recruiting Classes (through May 29)

TennisRecruiting.net and YTEX Strings are excited to present the Top 25 NCAA Division III Men's Recruiting Classes for 2017. This list is based on commitments reported on or before May 29, 2017.

We enlisted the help of a number of NCAA Division III coaches to aid in the rankings. While we do not publish a list of contributors, we appreciate their assistance. In constructing this list, we did not include any transfer students or players who enrolled mid-year and started this past Spring.

And now, take a look at the Top 25...

Rank School Rating  Name State
1 Chicago Alejandro Rodriguez TX
    Jeremy Yuan GA
    Justin Lee CT
2 Amherst Sean Wei NY
    Kevin Ma CA
    Ethan Hillis CO
3 Williams Austin Barr OH
    Arturo Kam MEX
    Calvin Chung NY
    Noah Reich NJ
4 Middlebury Andre Xiao CA
    Nate Eazor TX
    Adam Guo WA
    Thorne Gregory NC
5 CMS Jack Katzman WA
    Robert Liu CA
    Casey Morris CA
6 Wash U Mark Wu IL
    Daniel Li GA
    Koki Takabatake CA
    Ben van der Sman MN
    David Buchinsky OH
7 Johns Hopkins Eric Yoo VA
    Vishnu Joshi NJ
    Alex Matisse MI
    Robby Simon NY
    Bryan Chu HKG
    Matthew Lurie CA
    Jack Hogan CA
    Aaron Wang FL
8 Bowdoin Larry Zhao CAN
    Justin Wang NJ
    Alan Delman NY
    Tristan Young MA
9 Carnegie Mellon Revanth Boppana MA
    Kailas Shekar CA
    Tom Bickel IL
    Joshua Pinckney GA
    Benjamin Ash GA
10 MIT Charles Deng CA
    Pablo Ampudia TX
11 Wesleyan (CT) Andrew Finkelman OR
    Zachary Fleischman WA
    Adrian Roji PA
    Marcus Sweeney TX
12 Emory Hayden Cassone NY
    Alec Rabinowitz CA
13 Caltech Varun Shanker MI
    James Wei NY
    Kevin Yu OH
14 Trinity (TX) Wilson Hamilton TX
    Jace Akagi-Okuma HI
    Lars Wiik TX
    Tristan Rudolph GBR
15 Swarthmore John Lathrop MA
    Jiung Jung IA
    Thibault Vernier PA
    Devan Geib VA
    Noah Cheng MA
16 Denison Mitchell Thai OH
    Vlad Rotnov OH
    Tyler Gargas OH
    Patrick McGuigan IL
    Brian Weisberg IL
    Jacob Dennen MI
    John Purnode OH
17 Pomona-Pitzer Jed Kronenberg CA
    Ryan Lewis CA
    John Bernstein IL
    Emmett Moore OR
18 RPI Clayton Thompson RI
    Brian Niguidula CT
    Andrew Imrie MA
19 NYU JaeHwan Min CA
    Aaron Mackie TX
    Rahul Das GA
    Justin Chong NJ
    Simon Foricher FRA
    Elliot Nuss OR
20 Redlands Cameron Krimbill AZ
    Noah Morrow CA
    Ben Libao CA
21 Brandeis Rajan Vohra NY
    Nikhil Das RI
    Anupreeth Coramutla NJ
22 Wheaton (IL) Joshua Yoo CA
    Anderson Park IL
23 CWRU Earl Hsieh NJ
    Matthew Chen PA
    Joshua Hsia OH
    Jonathan Powell CT
    Aris Jhaveri OH
    Neil Mabee TX
24 Sewanee Ryan Olps GA
    Jack Metzger GA
25 Tufts Armaan Kalra CA
    Carl Grant NY
    Niko Hereford CO

Also Receiving Consideration

Our D-III panel reviewed the resumes of more than 50 D-III recruiting classes in coming up with these rankings. Other recruiting classes that received strong consideration and almost made our list are (alphabetically) as follows: Colby, Kalamazoo, Skidmore, Stevens, Whitman.


Brighter Shade of Maroon

2017 marks our eighth year of recruiting class rankings for NCAA Division III, and the University of Chicago has appeared in all eight Top 25 lists. Head Coach Jay Tee continues his stellar run on the recruiting trail - bringing in the No. 1 class in NCAA Division III tennis for the third time in four years.

Coach Tee has three recruits from around the country coming to the Windy City, and those recruits all have 5-Star ratings. Alejandro Rodriguez, Jeremy Yuan, and Justin Lee form an impressive trio that caught the eye of our panel. The group collectively posted eleven wins in singles matches at last summer's USTA National Clay Court and Hard Court Championships.

The Maroons are coming off a 2016-17 season where they advanced to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament before falling to Gustavus Adolphus by a 5-4 score. Chicago returns all six of its top singles players from last season. Combining that experience with the nation's top-ranked class could mean good things for Coach Tee's squad in 2017-18.


New England Chasing

A trio of schools from the NESCAC conference received a great deal of support near the top of our rankings. The program that stood out the most in the eyes of our contributors was Amherst, who checks in at No. 2 in our rankings. The Jeffs - who also reached the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament - are adding 5-Star senior Sean Wei as well as 4-Star recruits Kevin Ma and Ethan Hillis for Fall 2017.

Fellow NESCAC programs Williams and Middlebury - whose classes are headlined by 5-Star recruits Austin Barr and Andre Xiao, respectively - hold down the No. 3 and 4 positions. Claremont-Mudd-Scripps rounds out the Top 5.


Conference Call

As in previous years, two conferences have layed claim to the lion's share of ranked recruiting classes in Division III: the University Athletic Association and the New England Small College Athletic Conference.

With only eight member insitutions, it is impressive that seven of the UAA's men's tennis programs have Top 25 recruiting classes - with three of them among the nation's Top 10. Top-ranked Chicago leads the UAA, and they are joined by Washington University (No. 6), Carnegie Mellon (9), Emory (12), NYU (19), Brandeis (21), and CWRU (23).

As usual, the NESCAC is right there with six ranked recruiting classes of their own, and the traditional schools in New England actually boast four recruiting classes in the Top 10 and three of the Top 4. NESCAC programs with ranked recruiting classes are Amherst (2), Williams (3), Middlebury (4), Bowdoin (8), Wesleyan (11), and Tufts (25).

The Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference is also worthy of a mention - with four ranked classes. The SCIAC is led by Claremont-Mudd-Scripps at No. 5, and they are joined by Caltech (13), Pomona-Pitzer (17), and Redlands (20).

The only other conference with more than one ranked recruiting class is the Centennial Conference with two ranked classes.


State by State

The 25 programs in our rankings hail from fourteen different US states. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts leads all comers with five programs in the rankings. No. 10 MIT joins NESCAC and UAA programs Amherst, Williams, Brandeis, and Tufts as ranked classes from Massachusetts.

Other states with multiple programs in the rankings are California (4 ranked classes), Illinois (2), New York (2), Ohio (2), and Pennsylvania (2).


The Very First Time

Many programs make regular appearances on our list, but we recognize two programs who are making their first-ever appearances in our D-III Recruiting Class Rankings. NYU (No. 19) and Wheaton College (22) are both posting their their first Top 25 recruiting classes in program history. Congratulations to the Violets and Thunder!

Coming Friday... the Women

On Friday, Tennis Recruiting and YTEX conclude our look at 2017 recruiting classes with the Division III women's lists. Come back Friday for those!


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