The transition from college basketball to the NBA often proves to be one of the most challenging time frames in a professional basketball player’s career. The jump from high school to college was relatively easy for many of the former collegiate standouts training at IMG Academy for the NBA Draft. However, with the annual NBA Draft coming up on June 27, the professional ranks present a host of new challenges as the athleticism, work ethic and pace of play all increase exponentially at the next level.
Athletic and Personal Development
As a collegiate soccer and tennis player, and now distance runner, Ryan has always been interested in nutrition and how it impacts performance. Originally from Bar Harbor, Maine, she graduated from the University of Maine with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition with a pre-med concentration. She also graduated with her Master of Science degree in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Florida.
Born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. Matt completed his Bachelor’s of Science in Athletic Training at Miami University in 2011. During that time he served as a student athletic trainer for the football, women’s basketball, women’s field hockey, baseball, and women’s tennis teams. Matt obtained his athletic training certification in 2011. He continued his education and completed his Master’s of Science in Human Development and Leadership at Murray State University in 2013.
- She became a recluse. Refusing to leave her New York home last year, Heather Cereste continued a downward spiral into depression.
Will Jones wrestled in high school more than 25 years ago and recalls what practice was like.
"Survival of the fittest," the Baltimore native said.
An Army Ranger for 23 years, he remembers boot camp, too.
"Basic was pretty much run, pushups, situps -- and shoot everything in front of you," said Jones, 43.
So imagine his reaction when he and 29 other veterans got their first taste of the elite level of training world-class athletes receive at IMG Academy.
"Oh, my God," Jones said.
IMG Academy celebrated graduation of 146 seniors representing 42 nations on June 6, 2013.