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IMG Academy (21‑3)

Bradenton, Florida

GEICO NATIONALS SEMIFINALIST

Top Players

  • 6-4 SR Keyonte George (BAYLOR) … #3 (ESPN) … #4 (247 Sports, PrepHoops)
  • 6-3 SR Jaden Bradley (ALABAMA) … #8 (ESPN) … #15 (PrepHoops) … #18 (247 Sports)
  • 6-7 SR Jarace Walker (HOUSTON) … #10 (PrepHoops) … #13 (Rivals, 247 Sports) … #19 (ESPN)
  • 6-7 SR Eric Dailey, Jr. … #21 (ESPN) … #30 (PrepHoops) … #35 (247 Sports) … #38 (Rivals)
  • 6-5 SR Jett Howard (MICHIGAN) … #35 (Rivals) … #37 (247 Sports) … #41 (ESPN)
  • 6-6 SR Noah Batchelor (MEMPHIS) … #212 (247 Sports)
  • 6-4 SOPH Anthony Gilkes … #31 (Rivals)
  • 6-9 JR Gus Yalden … #41 (PrepHoops) … #73 (Rivals) … #111 (247 Sports)
  • 6-3 JR Jacoi Hutchinson … #48 (PrepHoops) … #101 (Rivals)
  • 6-6 SR Louis Hutchinson

Ascenders At A Glance

BALLISLIFE PRESEASON NATIONAL RANKING: No. 2
MAXPREPS RANKING (independents): No. 3

The 2019 City of Palms runner-up should begin the year ranked in the national top-5 and could challenge for a second GEICO Nationals championship in four years with a senior-heavy lineup. A quintet of exciting five-star talents lead the way – as returning Houston commit 6-7 SR Jarace Walker (10.1 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 3.5 apg), Alabama-bound 6-3 SR Jaden Bradley (10.1 ppg, 6.1 apg, 4.0 rpg), 6-7 Eric Dailey, Jr. (13.1 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 2.5 apg) and Michigan pledge 6-5 Jett Howard (10.5 ppg, 2.5 apg) were joined in August by high-profile Baylor commit 6-4 SR Keyonte George (24.8 ppg at ISchool of Lewisville TX). Throw in Memphis-bound 6-6 SR Noah Batchelor, 6-4 SOPH Anthony Gilkes, transfer 6-3 JR Jacoi Hutchinson (DeMatha MD) and intriguing big man 6-9 JR Gus Yalden, and the Ascenders are an absolute must-see on the high school hoops circuit. … Dailey scored 38 points in two games at the GEICO Nationals, shooting 67 percent (14-of-21) from the floor. … Bradley filled up the stat sheet at this summer’s Nike EYBL Peach Jam, averaging 20 points, seven rebounds and seven assists, and followed by snagging MVP honors (15.5 ppg, 5.2 apg in 43.6 minutes per game, all camp highs) at the prestigious NBPA Top 100 in Orlando. … George scored 27 points against Oak Hill Academy, 34 against AZ Compass Prep and had a 24-point, 19-rebound effort against five-star recruits Chris Livingston and Mikey Williams in early July. … Coach Sean McAloon is 96-18 in four seasons at IMG, including a 31-1 run to the national title in 2018-19.