Practice hard. Study hard. Repeat. When you’re playing basketball at an elite level, the pressure grows and pushes you to your limits. Even with this heavy burden sitting on his shoulders, IMG Academy basketball student-athlete Keyonte George makes it look effortless—as the SLAM video crew discovered after spending a day with the senior guard.
Keyonte’s first class starts just before 8 AM. The attention spent on his studies has been appreciated by both his teachers and coaches. “He’s a fantastic young man. A personality that you’re drawn to.” says Coach Sean McAloon. “He wants to be prepared for the next level, but at the same time, wants to do things the right way.”
As Keyonte heads to his next class, he lets the video crew know that it’s a personal favorite. “We’re going to Media Broadcasting. I’m trying to work for SLAM.” he jokes. “I love coming here. Got to get that B-roll.” While a talented basketball player, his abilities elsewhere haven’t gone unnoticed.
“I think one of the things that separates him is who he is off the court. The way he engages with people and the way he sees things.” says Mike Urban, IMG Mental Conditioning Coach. “He’s got those intangibles that make him really good here right now, but he'll be really good down the road.”
As he wraps up his morning with a relaxed shoot around with the team, Keyonte finishes out his school day. By 3 PM, he’s back on the court for more intense practice—a place where he can prove himself. “Being at the top, I got to work on little things to stay sharp and to keep me there.” George explains. “Being here, playing with a lot of guys like me, just being able to lead those guys and also being able to listen. Listening is a real skill.”
Watch this SLAM video presented by Under Armour, and spend a day in the life of Keyonte George. 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.