In March, the NFL Network arrived at IMG Academy to film their annual series Game Changers on campus, highlighting top prospects in the upcoming NFL Draft. This week, the episode featuring defensive lineman aired, featuring New England Patriots legend Willie McGinest and Buccaneers Pro Bowl DT Gerald McCoy putting Mizzou DL Kony Ealy and Florida State DT Timmy Jernigan through their paces, with the assistance of former NFL Head Coach Steve Mariucci.
WASHINGTON - Colombian guard Camila Tapias has signed a National Letter of Intent to join the George Washington women's basketball team in the fall of 2014, Head Coach Jonathan Tsipis announced today.
"Cami is a talented left-handed player who will be able to score in a variety of ways in our high-scoring offense," said Coach Tsipis. "With the graduation of Danni Jackson and Megan Nipe, we are excited to add Cami to our talented core of perimeter players that will make up the 2014-15 roster."
For Ojasvinee Singh of the IMG Academy Bollettieri Tennis program, 2014 has already proven to be a fantastic year. This week, the Dehli, India native broke into the ITF Junior Rankings top-100 for the first-time, reaching a new career high of No. 96 on the heels of a semifinals appearance at the Asian Closed Junior Championships 2014 in her hometown of Delhi. Singh began 2014 ranked No. 335 ITF (week of Jan. 5), and has risen 239 spots in the rankings. Through six events, Singh has reached the semifinals of singles and doubles three times, and the doubles semis and finals twice, each.
The IMG Academy Boys U14, U15 and U16, and Girls U15 soccer teams trekked to Bermuda, Apr. 18-20, for a series of friendlies against local Bermuda development program teams. The IMG Academy Soccer program was hosted by the Bermuda Football Association (BFA) for the international showdown. At the event, IMG Academy's teams took on squads from the Bermuda National Academy's soccer program, United F.C. U16s, Dandy Town F.C. U16s, and Hamilton Parish, and finished the weekend with a 4-3-5 combined overall record.
The IMG Academy Girls Basketball program's Khaleann and Audrey-Ann Caron-Goudreau, and with Colombia’s Camila Tapias, were invited to take part in the first annual SchollyMe All-World Game at Concordia University April 19th in Irvine, Calif. The dynamic trio led the Girls Basketball team to an impressive 35-9 overall record this season. In November, the Caron-Goudreau twins signed with Vanderbilt, and earlier this week, Tapias signed with George Washington University. The Girls All-World Game tips off at 6:30 p.m. PST/9:30 p.m. EST.
Syracuse, NY -- Chris McCullough's Friday night homecoming coincides with his participation in a prestigious high school basketball showcase.
McCullough, one of two basketball freshmen who will descend on Syracuse next fall, will play in the Jordan Brand Classic at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The 6-foot-9 product of the Bronx, who attends IMG Academy in Florida, will play for the West team in a high school all-star gala to be aired live at 7 p.m. on ESPN2.
This spring, several IMG Academy Bollettieri Tennis program student-athletes have recorded impressive results recently. Leading the way was Japan's Naoki Nakagawa. Nakagawa arrived in Carson, Calif. on the final week of March for the USTA International Spring Championships, Mar. 31 - Apr. 6, an ITF Grade-1 event. The 17-year entered the event as the No. 2 overall seed, staying patient, yet aggressive, as he dispatched one opponent after another through a series of long, grueling matches. In the final, Nakagawa had to face the top-seed player in the event and ITF No.
IMG Academy has hosted many aspiring players looking for an edge to take their game to the next level, and recently, The Royal Air Force Lawn Tennis Association (RAFLTA) were the latest group to venture to Bradenton, Fla. to take advantage of a focused training environment and cutting-edge resources. The group trained with the IMG Academy Bollettieri Tennis program in preparation for their upcoming competitions including key fixtures against Britain’s other Armed Services: The Royal Navy and The Army.
IMG Academy alumnus, John Ryan Murphy, was called up to the Yankees from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Murphy spent part of the offseason training at his alma mater in the IMG Academy MLB Pre-Spring Training program alongside the likes of Pirates CF Andrew McCutchen (2013 National League MVP), Pirates 3B Pedro Alvarez (2013 NL home runs leader), Red Sox LHP Felix Doubront and Cubs SS Starlin Castro.