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2018 Top NCAA D-III Men's Classes

We wrap up our final week of recruiting class rankings with a look at the top classes from NCAA Division III. Today we put out our ninth annual rankings of the men's programs. On Friday, we will finish things up with a look at the top D-III women's classes.


Top 25 NCAA D-III Men's Recruiting Classes (through May 28)

TennisRecruiting.net is excited to present the Top 25 NCAA Division III Men's Recruiting Classes for 2018. This list is based on commitments reported on or before May 28, 2018.

We enlisted the help of a number of NCAA Division III enthusiasts, coaches, and insiders to aid in the rankings. While we do not publish a list of our helpers, we absolutely appreciate their assistance. And as with all of our lists, these rankings do not consider incoming transfer students or players who were on college rosters in 2017-18.

So here they are … your Top 25:



The table above lists all recruits as of May 28, 2018. In addition to the Star Rating, we display the highest TRN and ITF junior rankings for each player over the 6-month period prior to the voting, and for international players we display the TRN ranking they would hold if eligible. We also display current ATP and UTR numbers from the date the voting began.


Also Receiving Consideration

We reviewed the resumes for more than 50 teams for these rankings. Teams that received strong consideration and almost made our list are (alphabetically) as follows: DePauw, Denison, Redlands, Stevens


More Maroon

For the past few years, Head Coach Jay Tee has pulled off one coup after another on the recruiting trail. 2018 marks the fourth year in the past five that the University of Chicago has had the No. 1 recruiting class in Division III. The Maroon recruits have been ranked as the top class in 2014, 2015, 2017, and now 2018. For good measure, Tee’s class was ranked No. 2 in 2016.

This year’s Chicago class is both strong and deep. 4-Star recruits Joshua Xu (Chandler, Ariz.), Alex Guzhva (Ormond Beach, Fla.), and Malachi Coleman (Los Ranchos, N.M.) have all been ranked among the Top 100 players in the Class of 2018, with Coleman listed as the top-ranked senior from New Mexico. This group will be joined in Chicago by international recruits Shramay Dhawan of India and Arthur Chau of Hong Kong.

These five players will try and backfill the loss of five graduating seniors who helped lead the Maroon to three NCAA Final Fours over the past four years as well as their first-ever UAA Championship in 2018. But the future certainly looks bright in Chicago.


Give Me Five

Recruiting at the higher echelons of NCAA Division-III tennis is incredibly strong. On the men’s side, 26 4-Star recruits - many of whom are ranked among the Top 100 seniors in the country - have committed to D-III programs. One such program is Wesleyan College in Connecticut. 4-Star senior Noah Lilienthal of Princeton, N.J. and 3-Star Zachary Lieb of New York have committed to the Cardinals for 2018-19, and they will be joined by Peter Anker of Norway who has has had the opportunity to play Davis Cup tennis on his national team.

Emory University and Bowdoin College are next on our list in the No. 3 and 4 positions. These programs are no strangers to success in college tennis - both appeared in the 2018 NCAA Final Four, with Bowdoin advancing all the way to the finals. They are no strangers to our recruiting class rankings, either - the two schools have combined for 14 Top 10 D-III recruiting classes over the years.

Rounding out our Top 5 is Washington University in St. Louis.


State Breakdown

The 25 recruiting classes in our rankings hail from 15 different states, with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts leading the way. Top 10 programs Amherst (No. 6) and Brandeis (7) are joined in the rankings by Williams (11), Tufts (23) and MIT (25).

Next up are California and Pennsylvania with three ranked classes apiece. California is represented by Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (12), Occidental (20), and Caltech (22), while Pennsylvania programs Carnegie Mellon (8), Dickinson (15) and Swarthmore (18) all appear in the rankings.


Conference Call

As is often the case, the recruiting class rankings are dominated by teams from the NESCAC and UAA conferences. Those two conferences have six representatives apiece, making up almost half - 12 of 25 - of the programs in our ranking.

The UAA actually has 5 programs in the Top 10, including top-ranked Chicago, Emory (No. 3), Wash U (5), Brandeis (7), and Carnegie Mellon (8). CWRU joins its fellow UAA programs just outside the Top 10 at No. 13.

The NESCAC is represented by Wesleyan (2), Bowdoin (4), Amherst (6), defending NCAA Team Champion Middlebury (10), Williams (11), and Tufts (23).

Other conferences with more than two ranked classes are the Centennial and SCIAC - with three ranked classes apiece.


Coming Friday … D-III Women

On Friday, TRN concludes its look at 2018 recruiting classes with our Division III women's lists.


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