Nov. 16, 2009
NORMAN, Okla. – OU men’s tennis head coach John Roddick announced today that John Harry Warden, a product of Tulsa, Okla., has signed a letter of intent to become an Oklahoma Sooner.
Warden, a senior from the University of Oklahoma high school, was selected to the Tulsa World’s, All-Metro: first team as a sophomore and ranks as one of the top-75 high school players nationally by TennisRecruitingnet.com. Warden has also won the Missouri Valley doubles challenge five-times and ranks as the No. 2 singles player.
“We are extremely excited to add an Oklahoman of Warden’s caliber to our roster,” said John Roddick. “He is a raw athlete that can bring a lot to the table for us.”
Despite being one of the state’s top tennis prospects, Warden has only been playing tennis since the age of 14.
Warden has been coached by Trent Tucker, the director of Tucker Tennis Academy at the Grand Health & Racquet Club, who described what type of player Oklahoma is getting.
“He is a super late bloomer with a massive upside because he is such a talented athlete,” said Tucker. “He is a very unique player in that he is fast, smart and he plays using his head.”
One of the main reasons the Union product chose the Sooners over the likes of Arkansas and Virginia was due to the high-profile coaching that Oklahoma possesses.
“Most college coaches are stale, but Roddick is so hungry to make an impact,” said Tucker. “Harry (Warden) visited seven schools, but Roddick’s practices are what brought him to Oklahoma.”
Warden is set to join the Sooners for the fall 2010 season.