IMG Academy seniors Jaden Springer and Mark Williams were selected for the 43rd annual McDonald’s All American game. With their selections, IMG Academy players have been named to the McDonald’s All-American game for the second consecutive year, and the third time in the past four years. The game will take place at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas on April 1, with tip-off scheduled for 6 PM.
A year-ago, Springer helped guide the Ascenders to the program’s first-ever national championship by leading the team in scoring on the road to the 2019 GEICO National championship. This season, Springer continues to set the pace for the team with 17.4 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 5.1 assist per game while shooting 52% from the floor. Prior to the season, Springer, the No. 16 overall player in the ESPN100 recruiting ranking, signed with the Tennessee Volunteers.
Williams, a Duke Blue Devils signee, checked in at No. 28 in the latest ESPN100 ranking. He is averaging 10.4 points, 8.2 rebounds, and 2.5 blocks per game. Alongside Springer, they have led the Ascenders to a No. 12 ranking in the latest MaxPreps Xcellent25 behind a 12-4 overall record, competing against one of the toughest schedules in America.
Last year, IMG Academy made history when Josh Green (Arizona), Jeremiah Robinson-Earl (Villanova), and Armando Bacot (North Carolina) became the first-ever trio from the same team selected to the McDonald’s game. They were preceded at IMG in 2017 by Trevon Duval (Duke), the program’s first-ever McDonald’s All-American.