IMG Academy isn’t your ordinary prep school, but they always seem to have talent.
The Bradenton-Fla., based academy, which is a training facility for many NBA players and also aspiring college basketball stars, is not different this year.
Last year Ricky Sanchez went directly to the NBA after a year at the Pendleton School, which is a part of IMG Basketball Academy.
This time the headliners are a pair of big men – 7-foot, 265-pound Illinois native and one-time Louisville commit Clarence Holloway and Florida State-bound center Jonathan Kreft.
IMG will have two teams and it’s likely that Holloway will suit up for the post-grad squad while Kreft anchors the high school team.
Clemson-bound 6-foot-6, 195-pound wing David Potter, 6-foot-6, 205-pound swingman Kris Douse and 6-foot-1, 170-pound point guard Trae Goldston (Georgia State) will team with Holloway on the prep team.
``David is one of the best defenders in the country,” IMG coach Dan Bartow said. “Kris is a jack of all trades type of guy who gives us energy and Trae is a true scoring point who has great range.”
Kreft is the big name on the high school team, but there’s plenty of size to go along with the talented Florida native. James Tyler is a 7-foot-1, 320-pound sophomore who could be a big-time player if he gets in better shape; Darnell Taylor is a 6-foot-8, 275-pound Marietta, Ga., native who also needs to work on his body, but has great hands and is getting mid-major looks; and 6-foot-9, 195-pound sophomore Kenneth Kaji is from Cameroon via France.
However, the prize of the high school team (other than Kreft) just may be 6-foot-6 ½, 185-pound freshman small forward Toarlyn Fitzpatrick, who is from Tampa and has been compared to a young Al Harrington.
Other players on the high school squad include juniors Conrad Fitzgerald (6-5, 205) and Christian Huthart (6-1), seniors Jay Higgins (6-5, 210) and Michael Bill (6-2) and sophomore floor leader Tony Tucker Jr. (6-0).