Sunday, August 14, 2011

Ohio Freshmen to Transfer to IMG Academy

MaCio Teague

According to his mother, 2015 MaCio Teague will be taking his talents to Bradenton, Fl. and the IMG Academy this fall. In an email to Buck Prep, Barbara Teague indicated, "I am so humble in letting you know that MaCio will be attending IMG Academy in Bradenton Fl. They have known about MaCio for a while now.  Although IMG is most known for producing professional tennis players, the Florida school specializes in 7 sports including basketball. While in Bradenton, Teague will be exposed to a daily curriculum that will be heavy in basketball skill training.  "Each player will be individually trained and evaluated. I can go on and on. What a blessing this is," said Teague's mother.

Not only is IMG known to produce next level athletes in a variety of sports, the school's academic reputation is impressive as well. According to Teague, "this is a blessing as we have ALWAYS thrived on development on and off the court. The school allows for a structured classroom setting. It allows the students to prepare for college. MaCio is an honor student which this school will afford him the level of courses that will allow him to challenge himself." As far as basketball, he will have the opportunity for diverse training, being evaluated in the Gatorade Science Center as well as the travel and exposure," said Teague's mother. Had he remained in Ohio, Teague would have most likely attended Princeton High School. I for one will miss watching MaCio play this upcoming season, but I wish him success at IMG Academy.

Kevin "Sticks" Fisher

After posting the above story last night, I was informed that another Buckeye freshman would be heading south the Bradenton, FL. as well. I was surprised to learn that Kevin "Sticks" Fisher will joining Teague at IMG Academy in the fall.  Fischer, a 6'6 center from Groveport, apparently saw the same opportunities in the Florida school as did Teague.  Both players toured the IMG facilities while in Florida for the AAU Nationals in July. Although the departure of Teague and Fisher represents a loss to Ohio basketball, I hope the move pays dividends for both players going forward.

Both Teague & Fisher in Action

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