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IMG Academy basketball program's Alyssa Mann to play for Charleston Southern

IMG Academy basketball program's Alyssa Mann to play for Charleston Southern

Alyssa Mann

BRADENTON, Fla. (October 10, 2011) - IMG Academy basketball program's Alyssa Mann has committed to Charleston Southern University. After entertaining offers from a number of Division I schools, the 5'7” guard from Austin, Texas has elected to join Coach Julie Goodenough and her Buccaneers, following her senior year at IMG Academy.

Said the 17-year-old, “I am looking forward to joining Charleston Southern this coming fall. Coming from IMG Academy, I am used to a family-like atmosphere where you can have one-on-one experiences with your teachers and coaches. At Charleston Southern, all of the coaches and professors know the players personally. There is so much opportunity for growth.”

Mann joined IMG Academy as a freshman and spent the past four years developing as a player under the tutelage of former Division I (Florida, Texas A&M, Texas Christian and South Carolina) and WNBA (San Antonio Silver Stars) coach, Shell Dailey. “Alyssa is not just another player, she is family. She has been here for four years and I have seen her grow mentally, as well as physically - from 95 pounds as a freshman to a lean-muscled, college-ready player,” said Dailey. “Alyssa is a high-energy, hard-nosed player. She's a leader who can take over the floor and direct. Charleston Southern is fortunate to have her.”

As a former standout player for the University of Texas and Division I coach, Dailey coaches her high school teams like college teams. Said Mann, “I feel 100% prepared for college. Coach Shell knows what to expect at the college level and has coached us accordingly. From a school perspective, I've gained great study habits that will help me achieve the right balance of school and basketball.”

Mann's father, Rick Mann echoed his daughter's thoughts: “You can never be too prepared, but it's almost like she is. The training and facilities at IMG Academy are on par, if not better, than many of the colleges we had visited. She's completely prepared and will do well at a school similar in size to IMG. We look forward to this next great step for Alyssa.”

“Alyssa's work ethic is unmatched,” remarked Coach Dailey. “At IMG, she took advantage of everything this unique place has to offer - from training to nutrition to mental conditioning to communication. Apart from her tremendous skills on the court, Alyssa will bring a great deal of character and spirit with her to Charleston. I am so excited she found the perfect fit for the next step in her career.”

About IMG Academy

IMG Academy, a division of IMG Worldwide, the global sports, fashion and media company, is the world's largest and most advanced multi-sport training and education complex dedicated to developing the TOTAL ATHLETE™. For more than 30 years, IMG Academy has helped countless youth, adult, collegiate and professional athletes reach their full potential in sport and life, by providing expert coaching, tailored programs and world-class facilities within an energetic environment across a 400-acre campus.

Today the Bradenton, Fla.-based campus attracts 20,000 athletes from nearly 100 countries annually. The Academies consists of the IMG Academy Bollettieri tennis program, IMG Academy golf program and adjacent IMG Academy Golf & Country Club, IMG Academy football program, IMG Academy baseball program, Basketball, Lacrosse and Soccer academies - all supported by the IMG Academy and Athletic & Personal Development program's multi-faceted training disciplines. IMG Academy also conducts camps, clinics and events year-round, while providing support to teams and federations around the world. Find more info at www.imgacademies.com.

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Contact:

Kim Berard, IMG Academy, kim.berard@imgworld.com, 941-752-2621

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