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Basketball Academy Overview

IMG Academy basketball’s ideal and proven balance of challenging academics and on-court expert instruction has led to unprecedented team and individual accolades as well as college placement. The same program that claimed the 2019 GEICO High School National Championship guides student-athletes across every team to achieve their greatest potential while emphasizing player development and collegiate preparation. Each student-athlete is surrounded by a support team inclusive of experienced coaches, academic teachers, knowledgeable college placement advisors, and more.

Student-athletes experience an atmosphere that closely mirrors the intensity and schedule of a collegiate program. Offering various levels within the program, including a National team, several Varsity and Middle School teams, Post-Graduate opportunities, and more, IMG Academy’s basketball program’s overall structure both supports and challenges individuals while providing them with a platform to achieve their goals on and off the court.

Basketball Program Structure

IMG Academy’s basketball program focuses on position-specific instruction, a competitive schedule, year-round training and development, and frequent communication and evaluations for student-athletes and their families regarding their progress. IMG basketball features a variety of teams at various levels and age ranges to ensure each student-athlete has an enriching experience while competing against teams that will further develop their potential.

With as much of an emphasis placed on academics and college placement as on athletic development, IMG Academy student-athletes will have access to a support team inclusive of teachers, college placement advisors, and more to ensure that they’re pursing their passions both on and off the court. IMG’s basketball program also has an extensive network of collegiate programs which provides student-athletes with exposure unlike anywhere else.

During pre-season, student-athletes undergo an NBA-style combine testing evaluation to determine their current level as well as their strengths and areas in need of development. IMG places a significant emphasis on strength and conditioning during this time before progressing towards game preparation and team strategies during the season. Throughout the year, coaches place an emphasis on individual skill development, small group training, and team workouts and instruction. Once the season concludes during June-August, student-athletes can take advantage of summer school, team training options, and innovative on-court programming to further prepare for the upcoming season.

IMG Academy Basketball Teams

With multiple teams within the program, including National, Varsity, Junior National, Middle School, and Post-Graduate, IMG basketball provides the nation’s most effective training environment for student-athletes.

National Team

IMG’s National Team competes against some of the nation’s top programs while earning unparalleled exposure during showcases and national-televised games and tournaments. Student-athletes within this team aspire to compete for top D1 programs or at the NBA and professional levels. Training consists of intensive workouts and team development that mirrors that of an elite collegiate program.

Varsity Team

IMG offers several Varsity teams to accommodate student-athletes at various levels. Varsity teams compete against regional and national programs and also take on a challenging seasonal schedule. Varsity student-athletes have an opportunity to gain collegiate exposure during showcases and tournaments as well as on campus.

Junior National Team

IMG’s Junior National Team provides 9th and 10th graders with an opportunity to compete at a high level against top Varsity and Junior Varsity teams locally and regionally. This team prepares student-athletes for the Varsity and National team through a full competition schedule, internal scrimmages, position-specific instruction, developmental opportunities, and more. Junior National student-athletes also begin to understand the college recruitment process in preparation for their next steps.

Middle School Teams

IMG Academy’s Middle School basketball teams provide student-athletes with the chance to develop and prepare for their progression towards the National, Varsity, and Junior National teams. Middle school student-athletes will be exposed to high-level skill development and training that building a foundation for incremental growth.

Post-Graduate Teams

IMG’s dedicated post-graduate teams competes against national competition at various tournaments and showcase events, allowing them to gain unprecedented exposure. Post-graduate players do not jeopardize their NCAA eligibility while preparing for their next steps at the collegiate level both on the court as well as with a college placement advisor and academic staff. Post-graduates will develop through position-specific training while benefitting from an extra season to increase physicality as well as mental toughness and maturity.

Sample Basketball Schedule

September

  • Orientation
  • Training camp (3 week evaluation period for all players)
  • Strength training emphasizing hypertrophy based principles
  • Performance & NBA style Combine testing
  • NCAA eligibility center registration
  • Start of fall basketball league
  • SAT/ACT sign-ups
  • Senior/Post Grad recruitment meetings
  • Open practices for college coaches, averaging 70+ coaches per year

October

  • Team practices with tactical & skill development with 2-3 individual workouts per week
  • Individual development plans distributed to players and parents
  • College placement meetings*
  • College application process continues/Common App finalized*

* Applies to Seniors and Post Grads only

November - February

  • In-season games begin
  • Continued skill development
  • Underclassmen recruitment planning
  • Continued college placement meetings*
  • Narrowing college choices/list*
  • Individual development plans

* Applies to Seniors and Post Grads only

March - April

  • Spring AAU season begins; Teams will travel to national events
  • Emphasis on strength development after game season
  • Individualized skill development training
  • Focus on skills training
  • Finalize college selections and enrollment paperwork*

* Applies to Seniors and Post Grads only

May

  • Final player evaluations
  • Summer training plan distributed
  • End of year recognition banquet
  • Underclassmen official visits
  • Strength training emphasizing hypertrophy based principles

June - August

  • Academic Elite Tour
  • Hoop Group Elite
  • Summer AAU teams
  • Focus on off-season development

Athletic & Personal Development

APD plays an integral role in the overall development of each basketball student-athlete. APD instructors focus on crucial areas such as mental toughness, strength & conditioning, nutrition, leadership, life skills and character development, and more to ensure that IMG Academy basketball student-athletes not only have an advantage over the competition but understand what it takes to succeed in college, in the NBA, and in life.

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Academics

Grades 6-12

IMG Academy’s collegiate-style schedule provides the ultimate preparation for student-athletes to succeed at the next level. Basketball student-athletes have the ability to select their courses and electives to identify their areas of interest ahead of enrolling into the collegiate program that best aligns with their academic and athletic goals.

View Grades 6-12 Curriculum

Post-Graduate

Post-graduate basketball student-athletes will benefit from a gap year at IMG with available standardized test prep, college course credit opportunities, college placement and recruitment advisement, and more. Basketball post-graduates experience immense benefits by ensuring they’re prepared for their next steps as collegiate-student-athletes. Post-graduates will not jeopardize their NCAA eligibility by enrolling in this program.

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Program & Alumni Accomplishments

2019 GEICO High School National Champions

2 McDonald's All-Americans in 2020

8 McDonald's All-Americans since 2017

9 Alumni drafted into the NBA since 2005

11 Alumni competed in the 2017 NCAA Tournament

24 D1 commits in the 2016, 2017 and 2018 IMG Academy graduating class

Technology & Facilities

  • Four basketball courts with 24 baskets with video analysis capabilities during practices and games
  • Keemotion Video Analysis
    • Automated film recordings allowing instant play review and game corrections
  • Covered turf facility for speed and agility work with coaches focused on basketball players

Performance and Sports Science Center

  • Mind Gym for mental conditioning sessions and vision training
    • Fit Lights, dynaBOARD, and cognitive perceptive technology
  • Yoga studio
  • Strength and conditioning equipment
  • Classrooms for nutrition and leadership training
  • Athletic training facility for recovery and regeneration, including hot and cold tubs

TimTam Recovery Systems Modern Recovery for All

In an effort to ensure that recovery is an integral part of training, the TimTam Recovery Center allows student-athletes to have access to the most advanced techniques as well as the highest quality of products. Located adjacent to the basketball courts, the center provides cutting-edge treatment to basketball players looking to train harder and recover faster.

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Admissions

All prospective student-athletes must submit a completed application, including academic records and recommendations.

Basketball Program Tuition

For academic year 2020-2021, tuition ranges from $63,400 to $83,400 per year depending on age, boarding and grade of student-athlete. Go to our tuition page for the full sport-by-sport cost breakdown.

Basketball Camps

A great way to learn more about IMG Academy is to attend a camp and see first-hand how to take your game to the next level.

Basketball Coaches & Staff

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Notable Basketball Program College Commitments

Student-athletes receive individualized roadmaps for reaching their goal of playing their sport at the collegiate level. This work begins when a student enters upper school at grade 9 and above.

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- Hunter James IMG Academy Alumnus

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