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Every week, IMG Academy’s campus is buzzing with news. Whether it’s our student’s academic honors and athletic successes, alumni across the country making their alma mater proud, professional athletes and teams training amongst our campers, or events that attract sports fans from near and far – IMG Academy is a thrilling place, and we’d like to share it with you!

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IMG Academy Alumnus Jon Isaac Taken 6th Overall By Orlando Magic

With the 6th selection of the 2017 NBA Draft by the Orlando Magic, IMG Academy alumnus Jonathan Isaac became the highest-ever selection in program history. Isaac, a 6-foot-10, 210-pound forward, was a member of the IMG Academy class of 2016, and signed with Florida State University. “The Orlando Magic just got a got a terrific young man, a team player and a well-rounded basketball player who will represent them on and off the court very well,” remarked IMG Academy Post-graduate Head Coach John Mahoney, who coached Isaac through the 2015-16 season. “To me, he has the highest ceiling in the...
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How Saints Player Alex Anzalone’s Training at IMG Academy Helped Him to Crush the NFL Combine

Alex Anzalone enrolled in IMG Academy’s combine training class of 2017 with a lot of talent and potential, but a questionable injury history. Luckily, IMG Academy’s team of performance experts are professionals when it comes to working with cases like this. With their experience in injury rehabilitation and prevention, and technology like Motus to provide biomechanics data and analysis, Anzalone left IMG’s combine program ready to perform his best at the 2017 NFL Combine. When combine athletes, like Anzalone, come to IMG Academy to prepare for what many call the “biggest interview of their lives”, they are immediately evaluated and...
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FOOTBALL: New team is serious business for IMG Academy

By John Lembo, Herald-Tribune Starting next season, IMG Academy will field two football teams. Or, to be more specific, two varsity football teams. Yet according to head football coach Kevin Wright, don’t expect one to get a whole lot more love than the other. Sure, the Wright-coached Blue team will play a stacked slate of opponents from across the country as IMG will once again try for a national championship. Meanwhile, the newly minted White team won’t leave or match up with anyone outside of Florida. To wit: The White team will make its debut Aug. 25 at home against...
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Jonathan Isaac is likely to give IMG Academy its first top-10 draft pick

By David Wilson, Bradenton Herald Even a year ago, Jonathan Isaac would have said he viewed himself in the image of Kevin Durant. Isaac, a native of Naples, considered himself a wing at Barron Collier High School — a guard throughout his childhood who had just kept growing until he was 6 feet, 10 inches and too big to consistently put the ball on the floor from the perimeter. His journey took him to International School of Broward in Hollywood before IMG Academy. He attended Florida State for one season as one of the most sought after recruits in the...
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International Yoga Day: Maintaining a Balanced Lifestyle as an Athlete

At IMG Academy, the student-athletes participate in a regular yoga program during their sport season to help them maintain a healthy and balanced lifestyle. Each team typically practices yoga once per week during their season. The purpose of these sessions is to build awareness in the young athletes of their breath and the body-mind connection, to strengthen the body, build better balance, increase flexibility, and allow for complete relaxation. In recognition of International Yoga Day, IMG Academy’s yoga instructor, Candice Andrus, shares her insight on why yoga is so important for athletes. Participating in a regular yoga program can help...
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IMG Academy Alum, Jonathan Isaac, Projected as a Top-10 NBA Draft Pick

On Thursday, NBA prospects will head to Brooklyn, New York in hopes of hearing their name called in the 2017 NBA Draft. Only 60 men will be chosen by one of the 30 teams in the league, including IMG Academy alum, Jonathan Isaac. Isaac is projected to be picked up early in the first round, in the top 10. Isaac spent 15 months at IMG Academy as a post-grad player. His coach, John Mahoney, describes Isaac's time as an Ascender as "a journey". Mahoney said, "When Jonathan first arrived at IMG you could see he had all the intangible skills....
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IMG Academy: Still groundbreaking after all these years

By Barry Buss, Tennis.Life Walking the vast grounds of IMG Academy with co-Managing Director Chip McCarthy, I inquired about who is IMG’s main competition. McCarthy took little time responding. “Ourselves,” he said. After a nearly three-hour tour of the facility, one would be hard-pressed to argue. IMG Academy is so many things to so many people, I can’t describe them as the best at what they do. They are the only ones who do what they do. Set on more than 540 acres in Bradenton, on the gulf coast of Florida, the sprawling IMG campus houses 1,100 different athletes across...
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IMG Academy Alum, Ryan Harrison, and Trainee, Michael Venus, Take Home Doubles Trophy at 2017 French Open

Whitney Osuigwe isn’t the only tennis player from the IMG Academy family who crushed the competition at Rolland Garros this past weekend. Ryan Harrison, and IMG Academy tennis alum, and his partner, Michael Venus, won the French Open men’s doubles title. The dynamic duo beat Donald Young and Santiago Gonzalez 7-6 (5), 6-7 (4), 6-3 on Saturday to win their first Grand Slam title. Harrison and Venus, who describe themselves as ‘brothers’, have only played in four tournaments together before competing at Rolland Garros. Harrison said, "Two-and-a-half, three months ago, (Venus) decided that he was going to be looking for...
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Homerun for 4 IMG Academy Players Picked Up in the 2017 MLB Draft

Four IMG Academy baseball alumni have been drafted in the 2017 MLB Draft. Two draftees graduated from IMG this past month with the class of 2017, while the other two players graduated in 2013 and 2015. Tyler Esplin, the first Ascender pick in this year's draft, went in the 7th round, 221st overall to the Boston Red Sox. Esplin, an outfielder who was committed to play baseball at UNC-Charlotte, had a very successful senior year at IMG Academy, including him being selected to play in the FACA All-Star Classic tournament at the beginning of the month. After he was drafted,...
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IMG DEBUTS ONE-OF-A-KIND ESPORTS BOOT CAMP

Press Release By: Mike Scanlan, IMG NEW YORK, June 15, 2017 – IMG today announced a one-of-a-kind esports boot camp to be held at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, July 30 – August 5, 2017. IMG esports Camp , which is open to individuals ages 12 to 18, will focus on Valve’s widely popular Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) . Spencer "Hiko" Martin, Alexander “Kassad” Trifunovic and Eric "adreN" Hoag will serve as game instructors alongside IMG Academy’s performance experts, who will focus on communication, leadership, nutrition, fitness and reaction times. “IMG’s esports camp for CS:GO players seems like the perfect...

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