Bradenton, Fla. (June 28, 2013) – Following the conclusion of the NCAA basketball regular season, NBA hopefuls arrived at IMG Academy to participate in the annual NBA Combine/Draft Training Program. Participants endured weeks of the world’s most comprehensive on and off-court training program to ready for the NBA Combine and ultimately increase their Draft status.
Thursday, June 27, is a day like any other for most people, but for a select few, that day is everything: the NBA Draft. This is the day when former collegiate basketball players will know if the time and hard work will be rewarded with a coveted spot on a team in the National Basketball Association. At IMG Academy, athletes in the NBA Combine/Draft Training program have been maximizing their preparation time leading up to the draft since finishing their collegiate careers.
As the nation’s premier prep school for preparing student-athletes to succeed at the collegiate level and beyond, IMG Academy integrates elite academics, world-class athletics and personal development in a challenging yet supportive learning environment.
98% of IMG Academy graduates go on to play in college, annihilating the national average of 6%, and more than 60% have gone on to attend a Division-I program. However, it is likely that 100% would credit IMG Academy for helping them find their best fit to succeed at the next level.
Has your coach ever told you something like, “touch your toes and hold,” or made you go through a series of stationary stretches before practice? In the sport of basketball, there is a common misconception that the best way to warm up and increase mobility is through static stretching, such as holding a stretch for 30 seconds to a minute or even longer.
Cheng-Tsung Pan has had an impressive career in golf at only 21 years of age. This year, Pan qualified for the prestigious U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club. At the event, he reached as high as third on the leaderboard before finishing T-45, playing alongside some of the game’s greats like Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, and Ernie Els. All this came after beginning 2013 as the top-ranked collegiate golfer in the nation as a member of the University of Washington men’s golf program.
IMG Academy has teamed with leading human performance technology firm, Motus Global, to empower the participants in the 2013 IMG Academy NBA Combine/Draft Training program with the knowledge to increase their durability and performance over the course of their careers. In order to help each athlete maximize their potential for the NBA Combine and upcoming Draft, Motus has provided motion analysis testing to help each athlete increase mobility and stability, while decreasing risk of injury.
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.