IMG Academy (31‑1)

Bradenton, FL

GEICO NATIONALS CHAMPION

Top Players

  • 6-8 SR Jalen Johnson (DUKE) … #4 (ESPN) … #5 (Rivals) … #6 (247 Sports)
  • 6-5 SR Jaden Springer (TENNESSEE) … #15 (ESPN) … #15 (Rivals) … #16 (247 Sports)
  • 7-0 SR Mark Williams (DUKE) … #29 (ESPN) … #29 (247 Sports) … #38 (Rivals)
  • 6-4 SR Matthew Murrell (MISSISSIPPI) … #45 (Rivals) … #45 (247 Sports) … #47 (ESPN)
  • 6-10 JR Moussa Diabate … #10 (ESPN) … #10 (247 Sports) … #11 (Rivals)
  • 6-6 SOPH Jarace Walker … #6 (Rivals) … #11 (ESPN)
  • 6-9 SOPH Brandon Huntley-Hatfield … #8 (Rivals) … #23 (ESPN)

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 Tennessee commit 6-5 SR Jaden Springer (18.6 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 3.5 apg), who poured in 26 points in the Ascenders’ fourth-quarter comeback from 16 down against Montverde, along with 6-6 SOPH Jarace Walker and 6-9 SOPH Brandon-Huntley Hatfield. But the high-quality transfer additions of Duke recruits 6-8 SR Jalen Johnson (20 ppg, 11.4 rpg at Milwaukee Nicolet) and 7-0 SR Mark Williams (19.7 ppg, 11.2 rpg at Norfolk Academy), coupled with Ole Miss-bound 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 Culligan City of Palms Classic.