While IMG Academy has had much success in placing its student-athletes in top colleges following their senior year, there has also been much success in placing those students who attend IMG Academy for only their post-grad year. One of these success stories is that of UCF commit, Briahanna Jackson. After a phenomenal junior season where she score 18.6 points per game, Jackson decided to focus on flag football (where she would also have great success) during her senior season. However, it was long after her graduation that Jackson rediscovered her love for hoops. She soon decided to enroll at IMG Academy and UCF, as well as the Central Florida Future, is sure glad she did:
The year off from the hardwood made the year spent at IMG all the more a smart choice for Jackson. Now she finds herself as part of a program that is looking to re-establish its identity, after winning Conference USA championships in 2009 and 2011 but following up with a disappointing season in 2011-2012.
As the Knights' one and only freshman this season, they are hoping for Jackson to make an impact right away as the team looks to rebound from a rough 2011-2012 season that saw the defending Conference USA champions go 7-9 in conference and 12-17 overall. While she won't start right away, Jackson is primed to show off her skills and help the Knights return to their winning ways:
Jackson's best weapons are her quickness and offensive scoring ability. She will most likely play shooting guard [off the bench> in her first year.
Despite the fact that the program is coming off a disappointing season, Jackson says she has bought into the culture of the program and the dedication prevalent all around her, noting that 'everybody wants to win.'