In this era of early commitments and constant recruiting, IMG Academy does things differently.
“Our guys don’t worry about recruiting for the first half of the year,” IMG Director Andy Borman said. “They focus on their academics and getting better. We hold off schools and coaches until 2011, even though we have a lot of coaches calling and coming to watch us.”
Borman added that none of his players will take any visits until schools begin conference play in January.
One of those players is DeAndre Daniels, a former Texas commit who will be the most sought-after player after the early signing period.
“His decommitment had nothing to do with Texas, it had everything to do with DeAndre,” Borman said. “He’s not worried about schools right now, he’s worried about getting better.”
Kansas has been to the Florida school to watch Daniels, while UCLA plans on coming next week. Memphis, Oregon and Texas have also been on campus, while West Virginia, North Carolina State, Baylor and Florida are also recruiting him heavily.
Phil Greene, who blossomed on the AAU circuit while playing on Mean Streets with Anthony Davis, is getting better and better.
“Man, he’s good,” Borman said. “He’s clearly a high-major.” Borman added that Greene is averaging 28 points and 11 assists through the first eight games of the season.
As for recruiting, Kansas, Oklahoma State, St. John’s, West Virginia and many others are showing interest.
Two more Chicago products that played on Mean Streets are beginning to generate significant buzz at IMG as well.
Jamari Traylor is a 6-foot-8 forward who plays above the rim, while Shayok Shayok is a Canada native who is active defensively.
Borman mentioned Xavier, Arizona State and Washington as schools interested in those two prospects.
With all the talent on the roster, expect IMG to be a regular stop on the recruiting trail for college coaches come January.