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Friday, March 16, 2018

My Article on Trice Pickens' Commitment to Northwestern; Easter Bowl ITF B1 Wild Cards; Di Lorenzo and Eubanks Receive Oracle $100K Grants

While I was in Mobile, I had an opportunity to talk with two top juniors who have committed to Big Ten schools for Tennis Recruiting Network features. The first, five-star Trice Pickens of North Carolina, is heading northwest to Northwestern University this fall .  Next week, blue chip Andrea Cerdan will detail her reasons for selecting Michigan, joining the Wolverines in 2019. I always enjoy speaking with juniors about their college choice and the process they employed to make that important decision.

I mentioned in Thursday's post that the Easter Bowl ITF wild cards hadn't been announced, but I did receive that information today, along with the names of those who received 16s wild cards. With more than a week before the start of the tournament, these will likely change some with late withdrawals, but here's the list as of now:

Boys Easter Bowl ITF main draw wild cards:
Jenson Brooksby
Stefan Dostanic
Jake Sands
Ryder Jackson

Boys ITF qualifying wild cards:
Steven Sun (has already moved into qualifying)
Alex Bancila (has already moved into qualifying)
Milledge Cossu
Julian Steinhausen
Andre Saleh (has already moved into qualifying)

Girls Easter Bowl ITF main draw wild cards:
Jaeden Brown
Imani Graham
Elvina Kalieva
Charlotte Owensby
Alexandra Yepifanova
Sara Choy

Girls ITF qualifying wild cards:
Elaine Chervinsky
Nina Gulbransen
Isabelle Kouzmanov
Maya Rukosuev (has already moved into qualifying)
Kennedy Bridgforth

The 16s wild cards are:
Carson Tanguilig
Danielle Benabraham
Gianna Pielet
Nika Vesley

Andrew Chang
Jameson Corsillo
Alex Lin

Today Oracle announced the recipients of its annual grants to a men's and women's college player.  Ohio State's Francesca Di Lorenzo, who turned pro last year after two years in Columbus, and Georgia Tech's Christopher Eubanks, who turned pro this fall with one year of eligibility left, each will receive $100,000 grants to assist them in their transition to the professional tours.  

This is the second year these grants have been awarded. The first recipients were Danielle Collins and Mackenzie McDonald. 

The complete release, which includes the names of the members of the committee that choose the recipients, is available here.