Two talented players. Two unique perspectives on the game. One strong friendship. Few basketball student-athletes share a familial history with the sport, but for Eric Dailey Jr. and Jett Howard, this bond makes them both better players—as the SLAM video crew saw by following these two young men around IMG’s campus for the day.
Eric and Jett were friends even before they became teammates. Eric told him about his time at IMG, and when he found out that Jett was transferring, he couldn’t have been more excited. “I was like, ‘Perfect!’ I know somebody that’s from here that I can relate to,” Dailey Jr. explains. “He’s from Florida. That’s a good bond to have, someone from your state.”
Unlike Jett, Eric’s journey to IMG started at a much younger age, which prompted his teammates to give him a fun nickname. “I got the nickname Mr. IMG from my teammates because I’ve been here the longest,” Eric jokes. “I started coming here for school in sixth grade. I started playing basketball in eighth grade and just moved my way up through the program.”
Similar to Eric, Jett found his love for the game at an early age. “We used to have a basketball hoop in the playroom,” says Jett. “Almost every single day I’d just shoot, shoot, shoot in that same corner. Just me spending countless hours figuring out the rhythm, the touch. In all that time, I kind of perfected my shot.”
Both of these student-athletes are excited for the next chapter, thanks to their time at IMG Academy. “I’ve seen almost every player come through IMG,” Eric explains. “They all took what they were doing seriously. And I feel like if I do that I can take my game to the next level.”
Watch this SLAM video, and spend a day in the life of Eric Dailey Jr. and Jett Howard. To sign up for a basketball camp or another youth program, or to learn about other offerings from IMG Academy, check out the links below.