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IMG Academy' class of 2012 sees 135 student-athletes commit to universities

Today IMG Academy commemorated 135 of its student-athletes who committed to the colleges of their choice at a special ceremony at the State College of Florida’s Neel Performing Arts Center. 

Over the past several years, IMG Academy has sent more than 50% of its student-athletes to Division I schools, while the national average of athletes going from individual high schools to Division I is 5%. This year, IMG will send more than 60% of its graduates to DI programs, with a high percentage to U.S. News & World Report top institutions. 

Some of the most notable student-athletes’ achievements from 2012 include: 

  • James Yoon, a native of Paraguay, has been in the IMG golf program for the past five years, and will be attending the University of California – Berkeley in the fall. During his time at IMG, he has risen to No. 7 overall junior golfer in the nation. 
  • Natalia Perez, who just played in her first pro event (LPGA Symetra Tour’s Sara Bay Classic) as an amateur, is joining the NCAA top-20 Baylor University ladies golf team.
  • Stephanie Nauta is ranked 6th in the nation for the Class of 2012 and 60th in the world among junior girls. She boasts records of 8-4 and 10-3 in 2012 singles and doubles competition, respectively, and committed to the University of Virginia in the fall.
  • Trey Strobel, the tenth-ranked player in the country for the Class of 2012, committed in the fall to play for Stanford, currently the tenth-ranked tennis team in the nation.
  • Max Foody, a left-handed pitcher and Florida State University commit, was named as a 2012 Rawlings 2nd Team All-American and earned a spot on the ESPN HS Florida All-State Baseball Team. 
  • Kamari Murphy, a post-graduate basketball player, is ranked as one of the nation’s top forwards (No. 40 overall according to ESPN rankings), and is committed to play for Oklahoma State University. 
  • Alyssa Mann joined IMG as a freshman in the girls basketball program. She earned several Division I offers, before choosing to play for Charleston Southern University. 
  • Bryane Heaberlin, the top-ranked female soccer player in the class of 2012, chose to join the No.13 NCAA women’s soccer program in the country, the University of North Carolina Tarheels. 
  • Max Brashear is an Ithaca native who began playing soccer at an early age, and spent 16 years living abroad in Hong Kong. He chose to attend IMG to take his game to the next level, and will now head to hometown Cornell University.

Listed below are the 135 seniors and post-grads who have committed to colleges throughout the 2011-12 academic year. A number of IMG student-athletes remain uncommitted, and will be added to this list once they make their final selections.

LAST NAMEFIRST NAMECOMMITMENTSPORT
AbdehouDeanUniversity of LouisvilleSoccer
AlcocerAislinSaint Leo UniversityTennis
AllaAbishekCarnegie Mellon UniversityTennis
AndohDavidSan Jose State UniversityBasketball
AndrewsConnerUniversity of TampaBaseball
ArroyoFernandoPalm Beach Atlantic UniversityTennis
BalavoineJean-PierreSuffolk UniversityBasketball
BarcombMarlonRobert Morris UniversitySoccer
BerishIanState College of FloridaSoccer
BinfieldJoshManhattan CollegeSoccer
Bolanos JuanWest Virginia Wesleyan CollegeTennis
BracheSalmanAmerican UniversitySoccer
BradleyMarkWestern Carolina UniversitySoccer
BrashearMaxCornell UniversitySoccer
BrownColinCollege of Holy CrossBaseball
BrownMaxOhio Valley UniversityBaseball
BurichLaurenUniversity of Wisconsin - MadisonTennis
CamachoJuanSt. Thomas UniversityBasketball
CardenasAlexFlorida Gulf Coast UniversitySoccer
ChenMichaelUniversity of Nevada at RenoGolf
ChioMaggieUniversity of California - IrvineGolf
CollinsDanielle University of FloridaTennis
CristanchoAndrelisNichols CollegeSoccer
CummingsKeaganUniversity of North Carolina - Chapel HillGolf
DavisBenjaminUniversity of ColoradoGolf
Del SolarCristobalFlorida State UniversityGolf
DeesHaydenUniversity of MobileSoccer
DeWarTristanClemson UniversityTennis
DiLandroPhillipPalm Beach Atlantic UniversityBaseball
Dogar-HurdJoshSt. Mary's College of CaliforniaTennis
EchavarriaNicolasUniversity of ArkansasGolf
El EllaIssa AbouOklahoma City UniversityGolf
ElliotAlexandraBowling Green State UniversitySoccer
EscaleraAlfredoStetson UniversityBaseball
EsperBrinnPalm Beach Atlantic UniversitySoccer
FlaxIlanEast Stroudsburg UniversitySoccer
FoodyMaxFlorida State UniversityBaseball
FowlerChrisCentral Michigan UniversityBasketball
FriedwaldDaniel Lafayette College Soccer 
Friss Lucas University of Chicago Baseball 
Gallagher Griffen Macalester College Baseball 
Garces SilviaTulane University Golf 
Garnier Thomas Embry-Riddle University Golf 
Gonzalez Archy Trinity University Soccer 
Gosh-Choudhary Shohini Georgia Institute of Technology Tennis 
Greene Brian Auburn University Basketball 
GusevAlex Fordham University Tennis 
Hairston Marlon University of Louisville Soccer 
Hayman Michael High Point University Baseball 
Hazon Harry Brooklyn College Basketball 
Heaberlin Bryane University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill Soccer 
Helphenstine Tyler Northwood University Baseball 
Herrera  Eduardo University of Tampa Soccer 
Holmes C.J. Auburn University Basketball 
Howard Chris Barry University Golf 
Jackson Briahanna University of Central Florida Basketball 
Jenkins Brandon East Carolina University Basketball 
Johnson Paige Texas A&M University Soccer 
Kashani DaraAdelphi University Tennis 
Kato Taishi St. Joseph College (Indiana) Baseball 
Kennon Dan Daytona State University Baseball 
Kerrigan Nikki Missouri State University Soccer 
Khanin Daniel Georgetown University Tennis 
Kovacs Kevin George Washington University Tennis 
Krobath Chris Western New England College Tennis 
Ladendecker Sean Hofstra UniversityBaseball 
Liang James East Tennessee State University Golf 
Lowdermilk Ashley Charleston Southern University Soccer 
Lu Steven Coastal Carolina University Golf 
Maeda Alex Savannah College of Art and Design Tennis 
Mann Alyssa Charleston Southern University Basketball 
Maquire Kevin American University Soccer 
Markowski Maxime Saint Leo University Tennis 
Maynard Ben Whittier College Basketball 
McCall Danny Duke University Tennis 
McDonald Maurice Florida A&M Basketball 
Meltzer Jeffrey University of South Florida Golf 
Merritt Terrel Broward Community College Basketball 
Molinaro Sofia Savannah College of Art & Design Golf 
Montoya Paula University of South Florida Tennis 
Morrish Shannon Vanderbilt University Soccer 
Murphy Kamari Oklahoma State University Basketball 
Naess Cooper American University of Paris Soccer 
Nauta Stephanie University of Virginia Tennis 
Oleksiew Jamie University of Colorado Golf 
Ormachea Gabriel University of Arizona Golf 
Otoo Papa Eastern Nazarene College Soccer 
Padungsiriseth Meechai Augusta State University Golf 
Paolino Joe Brown University Baseball 
Pellar Nick Auburn University Basketball 
Pellegrino Kate Regis University Soccer 
Phillips Payton University of Florida Golf 
Pilch Kamil Bentley University Tennis 
Pilch Patrick Lynn University Tennis 
Rahim Saif Babson College Tennis 
Ramos  Ricky Friends University Basketball 
Reed Brittany University of Florida Soccer 
Rivera Gustavo Barry University Soccer
Robertson Eric University of South Dakota Basketball 
Rosas David Williams College Baseball 
Ross Mallory Vermont Tech Basketball 
Salcedo Carla Florida Institute of Technology Soccer 
Samritpricha Prem University of Kansas Golf 
Sanchez Ismael Elon University Tennis 
Sayed Mousa Scottsdale Community College Tennis 
Serraro Hiliard St. Francis University Soccer 
Sheehan Kevin Roger Williams Soccer 
SimonsSaraUniversity of Wisconsin-MadisonGolf
Sisti Bruno Saint Leo University Tennis 
Smith Beatrice Pennsylvania State University Golf 
Sosa Natalia Perez Baylor UniversityGolf 
Stephens Jessie Villanova University Golf 
Stosljevic Srna University of Connecticut Tennis 
Strickler Travis Amherst College Baseball 
Strobel Trey Stanford University Tennis 
StudnerGavinLafayette College Tennis 
Stuen Ford Oklahoma State University Basketball 
Styslinger Mac University of Virginia Tennis 
Sujieanto Kenny LaGrange College Golf 
Suk Cyril Jacksonville University Golf 
Talbot  Haley University of California - Berkeley Soccer 
Tannehill Caleb Oral Roberts University Basketball 
Thomas Samantha Duke University Soccer 
Toure Patrick Lake Forest College Basketball 
Vaidis Oliver Mercer University Golf 
Valettas Costa McGill University Soccer 
Verbeek Sem University of the Pacific Tennis 
Vilagorac Sabina University of Chicago Golf 
Voychik John University of Central Florida Soccer 
Watson Gabby Georgia Southern University Soccer 
Whatley Tripp Central Alabama CC Baseball 
Williams Aubrey University of Toledo Basketball 
Wilson Reid Adelphi University Soccer 
Yonmove Aleksander Hope College Basketball 
Yoon James University of California - Berkeley Golf 
ZolaJordanSkidmore CollegeTennis
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