The first recruiting class for men’s squash coach Sean Wilkinson may not be heavy in quantity, but he is optimistic that the quality in both Jarryd Osborne and Abhi Shah will pay significant dividends for both the present and future of Tiger squash.
Wilkinson announced the duo as the incoming Class of 2018, and both have strong experience in their own national programs to build on as they enter Princeton. Osborne, younger brother of 2014-15 co-captain Tyler Osborne, will be competing with Canada at the World Junior Squash Championships this summer, while Shah placed fourth at the 2013 Junior National Championships.
You can read more about both players below:
Kingston, Ont. • Bayridge
Before Princeton — ranked third in Canada at the U-19 level … reached the finals at the Canadian Junior Nationals and placed fourth at the Junior Canadian Open … competing at the World Junior Squash Championships in the summer of 2014 … played at the 2013 Junior Pan American Squash Championships … competed in cross country, volleyball, basketball, badminton, tennis and soccer in high school; won city championships in both badminton and tennis … Ontario Scholar Recipietn … Limestone Achievement of Excellence recipient … Barry O’Connor Memorial Award recipient … Loyalist Collegiate and Vocational Institute Athletic and Academic Junior Student of the Year.
Personal — born Oct. 13, 1995 … son of Gary Osborne and Kathy Moore … has two older brothers, Tyler and Cole, and a younger sister Kenzie … Tyler is a member of the Princeton Class of 2014 and won a critical match to help Princeton defeat Trinity for the 2012 CSA national championship … enjoys basketball and reading … may study either physics or biology.
Wilkinson on Osborne: I am very excited to welcome another member of the Osborne family to Princeton. Jarryd had a wonderful junior career and his success at the junior level will provide him with a great base to build on at the college level. He works incredibly hard, and he has been selected to represent Canada at the World Juniors this summer. Jarryd has great pedigree and Neil and I can’t wait to start working with him in September.
Mumbai, India • Cathedral and John Connon School
Before Princeton — reached a No. 2 national ranking at the U-19 level … competed at the 2014 British Open … placed fourth at the 2013 Junior National Championships; had earned Top-10 finishes at the event in the previous two years … placed in the Top 5 at the Indian Junior Championships in both 2012 and 2013 … represented India at the 2010 Asian Junior Championships … captained team to national runner-up finish at the Punj-Lloyd Squash Championships in Delhi … played No. 1 on the Maharashtra team that won the inter-state championships.
Personal — born Dec. 6, 1995 … son of Snehal and Radhika Shah … has a younger sibling Chaitanya … enjoys photography, reading and cycling … may study mechanical engineering.
Wilkinson on Shah: Abhi was my first recruit for Princeton, and I am excited to welcome him to campus this fall. Abhi is a wonderful young man and is very diligent in his approach to the game. He is a very good athlete with a ton of junior experience under his belt. He very narrowly missed out on World Junior selection for a strong Indian team, but I know that he is working hard this summer to be ready for fall action.