Every week at least one athlete from each sport will earn the Gatorade G-Award/IMG Academy Athlete of the Week for displaying Heart, Hustle and Soul, and exhibiting a true desire to reach their true athletic potential.
The IMG Academy boys basketball camp winner of the Gatorade G-Award for the week of July 15 is 16-year-old Dan Leverence from Oconomowoc, Wis.
How long have you been playing basketball for?
I've been playing basketball since I was a little kid.
Who is your coach?
Coach Yusef Fitzgerald.
What is your favorite thing about IMG Academy and why?
I like how big IMG Academy is because you always have spaces to go and hang out with your friends and it's really beautiful here so it's fun to just ride trams and play basketball.
Do you have any pre-game rituals that help you prepare for a big game?
I always pray before every game.
What professional athlete inspires you the most?
My dad has been teaching me how to play since I was a little kid so I've been trying to model what he's taught me.
What is your favorite thing to do after you win a game?
I pray good thanks and thank my teammates for either giving me the ball, sharing or just having a fun game all-around.
What motivates you to push through a tough practice?
What motivates me to push through a tough practice is my friends and all of the people around me. If I see them struggling, I can help them out and be an example. My teammates screaming and working hard motivates me to push through for them.