The IMG Academy basketball program summer programs attract student-athletes from all around the globe. In an effort to highlight the diversity of our student-athletes, the Basketball Academy will post weekly profiles of talented young individuals. These profiles will include background information about cultures and the game of basketball.
It is the pleasure of the IMG Academy Basketball Program to introduce Justin Perez.
Where are you from?
I was born in Brooklyn, New York. My family lived in Ft. Lee, New Jersey until I was in 4th grade when we moved to Miami. I'm heading into 9th grade now.
What position do you play?
I play Point Guard on my school team.
What are your goals as a basketball player?
My ultimate goal is to play basketball for the University of Kentucky. I want to play for Coach John Calipari.
What is your favorite professional team?
I'm from New York originally, so I grew up a Knicks fan. They're still my favorite team. I really like Carmelo Anthony.
Who is your favorite professional player?
James Harden is my favorite player because he is so smooth and I saw him play in college. If I can play like anybody, it would Carmelo Anthony. Carmelo can score better than anyone in the NBA.
What was different about IMG Academy basketball program Camp that made you want to come here?
I like that we work harder here. I first heard about IMG Academy when my older brother came for baseball about 5 or 6 years ago. I like IMG camp, that's why this is my third year.
What were your expectations prior to attending IMG Academy basketball program Camp?
I thought camp would be like boot camp, we work hard, but it is fun.
Are those expectations being fulfilled?
I expected to get better and I am.
What part of IMG Academy basketball program Camp has been your favorite?
My favorite part of camp is the intensity of the drills. Also, the coaching and training staffs are great.
What is the experience like training with kids from all over the world?
It's been great, an experience of a lifetime. I've made friends with kids from different countries all around the world.
What is the most important thing you learned so far about Basketball from the coaches at IMG?
How to play. Before I came I did not know how to really play the game. I could play basketball, but here, I have learned in game techniques I didn't know before.