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(L to R): Kamari Murphy, Mangok Mathiang, Jordan Dickerson, Meng Xiang Yu, Satnam Singh Bhamara, Darius Lewis

The average height of an NBA players is approximately 6-foot-7. At the IMG Academy basketball program, we have EIGHT athletes who are at least that tall, including three 7-footers.

So who are they? They are an eclectic mix from varying backgrounds with varying interests. Get to know David Andoh (6-7), Jordan Dickerson (7-0), Darius Lewis (6-11), Mangok Mathiang (6-10), Kamari Murphy (6-8), Satnam Singh Bhamara (7-2), and Meng Xiang Yu (7-2):

Satnam Singh Bhamara

Age: 16

Hometown: Punjab, India

Favorite Player:  Kobe Bryant

Favorite Team: Lakers

Favorite Movie: Harry Potter

Favorite Musical Artist/Group: Punjab Sounds

Favorite School Subject: English

Favorite Hobbies Outside of Basketball: Going to the movies. Having fun with friends.

Favorite thing about IMG Academy: Basketball, Friends, Food, School, Teachers, Coaches, Athletic & Personal Development program, NBA guys who visit IMG Academy.

Darius Lewis

Age: 17

Hometown: Lexington, Kentucky

Favorite Player: Dwight Howard

Favorite Team: Dallas Mavericks

Favorite Movie: Forrest Gump

Favorite Musical Artist/Group: Eminem

Favorite School Subject: Spanish

Favorite Hobbies Outside of Basketball: Going to the movies with friends.

Favorite thing about IMG Academy:  My teammates and I are like a family. We do everything together even outside of basketball. Even though I am away from my family, I know I always have one here.

Meng Xiang Yu

Age: 16

Hometown: Chao Yang City, China

Favorite Player: Pau Gasol

Favorite Team: Miami Heat

Favorite Movie: The Year of the Yao

Favorite Musical Artist/Group: Michael Jackson

Favorite School Subject: Math

Favorite Hobbies Outside of Basketball: Watch Movies, Learn English

Favorite thing about IMG Academy: Making new friends, cooking Chinese foods for teammates and going to Universal Studios

Kamari Murphy

Age: 18

Home Town (City/State or City Country): Brooklyn, NY

Favorite Player:  Kevin Durant

Favorite Team:  Heat/Thunder

Favorite Movie: Gone in 60 Seconds

Favorite Musical Artist/Group: MMG, YMCMB

Favorite School Subject: Science

Favorite Hobbies Outside of Basketball: Video Games

Favorite thing about IMG Academy: Athletic Excellence

David T. Andoh

Age: 18

Hometown: Montreal, Canada

Favorite Player: Kevin Durant

Favorite Team: Lakers

Favorite Movie: The Social Network

Favorite Musical Artist/Group: Drake

Favorite School Subject: Chemistry

Favorite Hobbies Outside of Basketball: Twitter and Traveling

Favorite thing about IMG Academy: Individual skill development and social diversity

Mangok Mathiang

Age: 19

Hometown: Melbourne, Australia

Favorite Player: Dwight Howard

Favorite Team: Chicago Bulls

Favorite Movie: Love & Basketball

Favorite Musical Artist/Group: Tupac Shakur

Favorite School Subject: History

Favorite Hobbies Outside of Basketball: Chilling with friends

Favorite thing about IMG Academy: Athletic & Personal Development program

Jordan Dickerson

Age:  18

Hometown: Alexandria, VA

Favorite Player: Carmelo Anthony

Favorite Team: New York Knicks

Favorite Movie: Pursuit of Happiness

Favorite Musical Artist/Group: Fabolous

Favorite School Subject: Math

Favorite Hobbies Outside of Basketball: Playing video games

Favorite thing about IMG Academy: Basketball and the way people interact with one another.

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