IMG Academy basketball program post-graduate basketball player Alex Lloyd Owen recently made a decision that many should dream about.
Spurning several Ive League scholarships to come for a post-grad year at IMG Academy was a decision Lloyd Owen was high-risk, high-reward venture. His next chapter, however, has nothing to do with the game of basketball.
Lloyd Owen will be attending Oxford University, one of the world's most prestigious academic institutions. Located in the United Kingdom, Oxford is as selective of a university as there is in the world. Alex came to IMG Academy after declining several Ivy League Academic scholarships to pursue his dream of college basketball. After an injury-plagued campaign and his long-term goals at stake, the decision became more obvious.
"As much as I would love to compete at the DIII level in the states, the Oxford diploma is something that will open doors worldwide," Lloyd Owen said.
The IMG Academy basketball program is known for placing both elite and die-hard players at all levels of universities here in the United States with, more than 70 graduates receiving Division I scholarships since the program's inception in 2000. Lloyd Owen is the first to take this landmark step, though, leaving both his peers and his coach envious.
"In my seven years here, I have never seen a player put so much effort into improving their game," said Dan Barto, Post-Graduate Program Coordinator. "He was inspirational and motivational in his daily routine. His decision is truly selfless. Giving up basketball to compete at the highest level of academics is something few people would rationalize doing.
"The IMG Academy basketball program is about committing to a goal and planning your day around what it takes to reach that goal. He bought in, and I am proud of him. I will be telling stories about Alex Lloyd Owen for decades."
Said Lloyd Owen:
"There is no doubt that I am 20 times more prepared for my next challenge than I was in September. This experience has truly changed the way I approached life, adversity and my daily ambitions."
He also has one more short-term wish.
"Now if I can just get Cornell to knock off Kentucky tonight, this would conclude the best month of my life."