Men's Tennis Inks Five in Decorated Fall 2012 Class
Jan. 5, 2012
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - First-year men's tennis coach Tony Bresky announced today the impressive group of five players that will make up his first fall recruiting class at Wake Forest. Nolan Bauer, Anthony Delcore, Brendan Henry, Jon Ho and Morgan Mays will join the Demon Deacons in the fall of 2012.
Bresky's inaugural class is one of the most decorated in the country and one of the best in Wake Forest history. Delcore and Mays are rated as blue chip recruits by the Tennis Recruiting Network, while Bauer and Ho are five-star recruits and Henry received a four-star rating. It is the first time that a Demon Deacon recruiting class has ever had four players that received at least a five-star rating.
"I am super excited about the five guys that we have coming in. They are really good not just talent-wise but also have great personalities, are hard-working and have high aspirations and goals," said Bresky. "Being able to bring in a tremendous class like this is a testament to the national reputation of Wake Forest both athletically and academically, as well as our commitment to tennis by building our brand-new facility and bringing in the Winston-Salem Open."
Delcore, a Omaha, Neb. product, earned a No. 1 ranking nationally in the 16 and under division and is currently ranked in the top 30 in the 18 and under division. He won two national doubles championships in the 16s and been as ranked as high as No. 166 in the world in the ITF junior rankings.
"Anthony has always been one of the top players in the country in his age group, said Bresky. "He is very talented and is an extremely hard-worker who has a lot of goals for where he wants his tennis career to go. He is going to be an excellent fit for us."
Mays has been consistently ranked in the top 10 nationally in his age division throughout his junior career. He won the 16 and under state championship in the tennis hotbed of Florida and was ranked as the state's top player. The Longboat Key, Fla. native has won three ITF junior singles titles and one doubles title en route to reaching a peak ITF junior ranking of No. 157 in the world.
"Morgan is another guy who has always been one of the top players in the country," said Bresky. "He has great character, and is going to be a tremendous team leader. I expect him to make an immediate impact."
Ho, a native of Pennsylvania, played at North Alleghany High School before moving to Florida and playing for Wharton High School, leading both teams to undefeated seasons and state championships. He is rated as the 22nd-best recruit nationally by the Tennis Recruiting Network and the second best from the state of Pennsylvania and has won numerous sectional championships in the 16 and 18 and under divisions in addition to reaching the semifinals of the consolation draw at the 2011 USTA 18 and Under National Clay Court Championships.
"Jon has worked really hard and improved a ton recently," said Bresky. "He has a big game with a lot of different weapons. I'm very excited to work with him because I think he has a lot of potential."
Bauer has helped lead Chaparral High School in Phoenix, Ariz. to back-to-back undefeated seasons and state championships in 2009-10 and 2010-11. During his accomplished junior career, he has been ranked as the top player in the state of Arizona and as high as No. 53 nationally. According to the Tennis Recruiting Network, Bauer is the fifth-best prospect in Arizona and 14th-best in the Southwest Region.
"Nolan is a very hard worker out of Phoenix," said Bresky. "He is a really strong student who also has very high goals for his tennis career. He will be a lot of fun to be around because he likes to spend countless hours on the court."
Henry boasts an impressive high school career, having not lost a varsity match through his first three seasons at Farmingdale High School in Massapequa, N.Y. He has raked in numerous honors, including All-Division, All-Conference, All-County and All-State and was also named the MVP and Most Improved Player of his high school team.
"Brendan is an up-and-coming player who has worked really hard to get to where he is right now," said Bresky. "He's another guy who is an excellent student. I'm looking forward to working with him on the court because I think he has potential to get even better."
Bresky believes that the five new Demon Deacons will combine with a core of veteran returning players to form a team that will immediately compete at the ACC and national levels.
"Our current guys are all going to gain a lot of experience this year since we'll be going through an ACC season with a pretty thin roster," said Bresky. "Then we add in these five incoming freshman, along with Renier Moolman who will be eligible to play next year, and depth, which is a weakness for us this year, will become a major strength. We're really excited to put them all together, and I think it sets us up well to have tremendous success both in 2012-13 and in future seasons."
Nolan Bauer - 6-0 - Phoenix, Ariz. - Chaparral High School
Anthony Delcore - 5-9 - Omaha, Neb. - Creighton Preparatory
Brendan Henry - 6-1 - Massapequa, N.Y. - Farmingdale High School
Jon Ho - 6-3 - Wexford, Pa. - Florida Virtual School
Morgan Mays - 5-11 - Longboat Key, Fla. - University of Indiana Online High School