For most high school students entering their senior year, there is feeling of finality and freedom. David Andoh, the 6'6" San Jose native, is coming into his last year with a completely different mindset. The Saint Mary's small forward will be will soon be calling Bradenton, Florida home as he comes into IMG Academy this fall. While most high school seniors wouldn't be entirely thrilled about transferring before their final year, Andoh is focused on playing at the collegiate level, even if that means leaving his support system in California.
"I am really going to miss my friends and family," Andoh confided. "But I know what I have to do. There are just too many distractions back home. I'm just trying to stay focused on the important things."
Those important things take place on the basketball court and in the classroom. While Andoh is determined to improve his game in the paint, his focal point extends beyond the walls of the IMG Academy basketball program.
"I want to work on being a better student. I'm determined to raise my GPA. More than that, I want to be a student of the game."
It seems that Andoh is already on his way to becoming a pupil of the game, recognizing his strengths and weaknesses. At 190 lbs., David realizes he needs to work on his physical conditioning.
"I realize I need to get stronger, both physically and mentally. I know the staff here, especially Coach (Vince) Walden and Coach (Jeff) Dillman, don't allow any shortcuts. It's intimidating at first, but I know it's going to make me a better player."
Needless to say, Andoh's ultimate goal is to receive a scholarship. He is currently being recruited by Fresno State, UTEP, Colorado-Boulder, but Andoh may be holding out for a larger Division I university to look his way.
"I definitely would like to play for a big school," Andoh admits. "I like a Stanford or a Texas. I wouldn't mind playing for a smaller school, and I appreciate every offer, but when it comes down to it, I'd like a bigger school."
Although David is set on the education on and off the court, he is looking forward to learning more about the nature of IMG Academy itself.
"I'm really excited to meet new people from different cultures. I know there are students here from all over the world. Diversity makes things interesting, and I think it will help expand my knowledge of the game and just life itself."
Coming in with a positive outlook and a willingness to learn, IMG Academy is proudly welcoming the addition of Andoh to the IMG Academy basketball program family.