IMG Academy (31‑1)

Bradenton, FL


Ascenders At A Glance

It was a historic season at IMG Academy, no longer known only for its tennis, golf and football
programs. Coach Sean McAloon’s team was upset 72-67 by Mountain Brook (Ala.), but that stunning
City of Palms quarterfinal loss triggered a 21-game run to the national championship – punctuated by
dramatic, nationally televised victories over Montverde Academy 74-73 and La Lumiere 66-55 at the
GEICO Nationals. That group already included 6-5 SR Jaden Springer (18.6 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 3.5 apg), who
poured in 26 points in the Ascenders’ comeback from 16 down against Montverde, along with 6-6
SOPH Jarace Walker and 6-9 SOPH Brandon-Huntley Hatfield. But the transfer additions of Dukebound 6-8 SR Jalen Johnson (20 ppg, 11.4 rpg at Milwaukee Nicolet), 7-0 SR Mark Williams (19.7 ppg,
11.2 rpg at Norfolk Academy), 6-4 SR Matthew Murrell (Memphis Whitehaven), 6-10 JR Moussa
Diabate (DME Academy) and 7-0 FR Jahzare Jackson makes this SLAM Magazine-crowned “superteam” the co-favorite both nationally and at the City of Palms