DAVIS, Calif. -- UC Davis head men's tennis coach Eric Steidlmayer bolstered an already stellar recruiting class on Friday afternoon, announcing the addition of Tulane transfer Jonathan Star for the 2017-18 campaign.
Star, who will have three years of eligibility remaining with the Aggies, joins a trio of high school standouts who signed National Letters of Intent with UC Davis back in November: Ivan Thamma (San Diego, Calif./Point Loma HS), Arjith Jayaraman (El Dorado Hills, Calif./Granite Bay HS) and Chethan Swanson (Folsom, Calif./Folsom HS).
"We are really excited that Jonathan will be coming to UC Davis," Steidlmayer said. "He is a proven player who has a lot of desire to get better, not only for himself, but to improve the program as well. He will be joining some of his friends on our team and our guys are all excited that he is coming our way."
Star, a five-star recruit according to the website TennisRecruiting.net who ranked No. 46 in the nation and No. 13 in the state of California when he originally signed with the Green Wave back in 2016, recently wrapped up his freshman campaign with Tulane, posting an 8-9 mark in singles and a 2-7 combined record in doubles.
The Green Wave, ranked No. 30 in the nation according to the latest ITA poll, finished the regular season at 19-6 overall, reaching the semifinals of the American Athletic Conference tournament and the second round of the NCAA Tournament before falling to No. 10-seeded Texas.
The 6-foot-2 Calabasas, Calif., native prepped at Viewpoint School, helping the Patriots to four straight CIF Southern Section Round of 16 playoff appearances, made the section semifinals in doubles as a junior in 2015, and earned All-Alpha League first-team honors all four years. Star was also named the Los Angeles Daily News All-Area Newcomer of the Year as a freshman in 2013.
Outside of his high school career, Star also competed in the following major tournaments: USTA National Championships and National Clay Court Championships, the ITF Pro Championships, the USTA Mike Agassi National Tournament, and the USTA International Spring Championships.