Patton Adds Shackleton and Stone
May 16, 2016

BOISE, Idaho - Greg Patton, Boise State’s head men’s tennis coach, announced today the addition of Harvey Shackleton and Morgan Stone to the Broncos 2016-17 roster. Shackleton signed a National Letter of Intent with the Broncos and comes to Boise from Hertfordshire, England, where he has been a standout among the youth ranks of the United Kingdom. Stone is a transfer from Santa Clara University where he competed this past fall as a freshman.

Harvey Shackleton has solid experience playing in the junior ranks and on men’s teams. He has been consistently ranked among the top-10 nationally for his age group in the U.K. since he was 10 years old. The 17-year old has been competing at the highest levels of youth tennis in both singles and doubles where he has won several national and regional tour titles during his career. Last summer he reached the 2015 Nike British Junior Doubles Championship for the U18s at Nottinghamshire, England.

“I love Harvey because he reminds me so much of Toby Mitchell,” Patton said. “He plays like Toby, has great enthusiasm and is dedicated to his game. He brings with him some incredible experience playing in the British system where he has been very successful. I see him flourishing here at Boise State like all of our British players have Andy Bettles, Scott Sears and Toby. Harvey is also a lefty which adds a little extra twist to our team.”

Shackleton has represented his County (State) in all junior age groups and was voted the MVP for the U18s twice as an 14 and 15 year old. Since 16 years of age he has also played for the Men’s County Team, which competes in the highest national divisions during the winter and summer. Among Shackleton’s teammates on the men’s team are several professionals including Aljaz Bedene (ATP59).

He also competes for Aegon Team Tennis in singles and doubles helping the club to the playoffs on a couple of occasions. In addition, Shackleton has played in the Men’s National Players Doubles League where he has advanced as far as the semifinals.

Morgan Stone saw limited action last fall at Santa Clara going 2-1 in both singles and doubles. Stone, who will be eligible to play for Boise State next fall as a sophomore, is originally from Marietta, Ga., where he attended Walton High School. As a senior he played No. 1 singles helping the team to the Georgia State Championship and a regional title as the team went a perfect 18-0.

“Morgan Stone is an elite level player from Georgia where he was very successful in junior tennis,” said Patton. “For us to get a top American player as a transfer is great for our program. He is talented and brings a lot to Boise State, I am looking forward to the next three years with Morgan as a part of our team.”

Tennis Recruiting Network had Stone as a four-star recruit out of high school with rankings of No. 89 nationally, 19th in the southeast and fifth in Georgia. His junior tennis RPI was 85 with a Universal Tennis Ranking of No. 13. As a junior player Stone competed at the Atlanta ITF competition where he won three qualifying rounds to reach the main draw. He then won twice more during the main draw at Atlanta to solidified a junior world ranking. Stone also won the UTSA Closed Regional Tournament in doubles and captured the 2013 championship crown at the Cuadros XIIIT Rofeo Ultima Hora Tournament in Majorca, Spain.

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