April 9, 2009
ALBUQUERUQUE, N.M.-- University of New Mexico men's tennis head coach Alan Dils announced the signing of highly-talented high school senior Jadon (ja-DON) Phillips who will join the Lobos in the fall of 2009. Phillips, a Macon, Ga., native, is currently ranked 18th in the nation among high school seniors and is the reigning 2008 ATP Gator Bowl Junior Tennis champion, an event where he defeated two top 10 U.S. juniors in the semifinals and final.
Phillips has been ranked in the top 15 in the nation in Boys 18 singles.
"We are confident Jadon will make an immediate impact in all aspects of being a Lobo," Dils said. "He is a fighter who will give it his all every match and try to out-compete his opponents no matter what the situation. We're absolutely thrilled Jadon and his family decided to choose UNM over a number of other very strong schools."
Phillips brings with him a strong resume, both on and off the court.
"I chose New Mexico because it has a good pharmacy school, the team is very close, like family, and I am looking forward to the culture and diversity," Phillips said.
Phillips is a three-time National Open Champion in addition to a two-time Gator Bowl champion. He took home the title in Macon in Boys 14, Boys 16 and Boys 18. Phillips is most proud of his national championship at the age of 14.
"It was the best moment because it was my first national title, it was in my hometown and I came in as a No. 9 seed," Phillips said.
"With Jadon we are not only getting a top 15 U.S. junior and an academic honors student, but a young man who shares the competitive spirit that makes the Lobos who we are," assistant coach Bart Scott said.
Phillips is in the top 30 in his class, sports a 3.92 GPA and was named to the AB Honor Roll his freshman and sophomore years.
He is considered a "Blue Chip" recruit by TennisRecruiting.net and was recruited heavily by Georgia Tech, Georgia State and Michigan State. He considers his strengths to be his backhand and his ability to stay even-keel on the court.
"I am what they call a counter-hunter," Phillips said. "I am very consistent and use my opponents to generate my own pace."
The son of Derek and Velma Phillips, Jadon attends Macon's Central High School where he will graduate with honors. Phillips plans on pursuing a degree in Pharmacy. His community service includes participating in Feed a Family during the Thanksgiving season, Toys for Tots and bowling to raise funds for breast cancer.
"I am really looking forward to the experience at the college level, with studies, tennis and learning," Phillips said.