May 21, 2007
PORTLAND, Ore. --- University of Portland men's tennis head coach Aaron Gross has added another top Pacific Northwest prospect to the Pilots roster with the announcement that Bryan Thorp (Kent, Wash./John F. Kennedy HS) has committed to attend the university. Thorp, currently rated the No. 1 senior in the Pacific Northwest region, joins Oregon native and No. 2 Northwest prospect Nick Wales (Salem, Ore./Sprague HS) to comprise Gross' recruiting class.
"Bryan is one of those kids that has just started to come on later in his high school career," Gross noted. "I think he will keep developing and can be a force for us at some point. He is committed to being a great player and I know that he is going to work super hard over the summer to have a chance to come in and contribute right away."
Thorp, a four-time All-Seamount League first team honoree, won the West Central District individual title last weekend and will make a run at his first state championship this weekend. He did not lose a single league match during his prep career and led Kennedy to league and district titles all four years. Thorp won three individual league and district crowns during the span as well.
After placing fourth in the Washington State Championships as a sophomore, he was a semifinalist last year.
In addition to his high school accolades, Thorp represented the Pacific Northwest at the 18's National Clay Court Championships and the Boys 18's National Junior Davis Cup last summer.
Thorp is rated as the top Pacific Northwest recruit in 2007 by tennisrecruiting.net, one spot ahead of future Pilot teammate Nick Wales.
The duo will be joining a Portland program which tallied a 13-8 overall record in 2007, including a 2-3 mark against nationally ranked opponents. The Pilots graduated seniors Colby Jager, Alex Strom and Scott Kennel, but return four of their top six singles players.