Bradenton, Fla. (June 29, 2012) – Following the conclusion of the NCAA basketball regular season, a dozen players arrived at IMG Academy to participate in the 2012 NBA Combine/Pre-Draft Training Program. The players endured weeks of the world’s most advanced and comprehensive on and off-court training to help increase Draft status and overall performance. Seven members of IMG’s intensive program were selected in the first and second rounds of the 2012 NBA draft including:
• North Carolina PG Kendall Marshall (13th overall, Phoenix Suns)
• St. John’s SF Moe Harkless (15th overall, Philadelphia 76ers)
• Syracuse C Fab Melo (22nd overall, Boston Celtics)
• Florida State C Bernard James (33rd overall, Cleveland Cavaliers)
• Tennessee Tech SF Kevin Murphy (47th overall, Utah Jazz)
• Marquette SG Darius Johnson-Odom (55th overall, Dallas Mavericks)
• Gonzaga C Rob Sacre (60th overall, Los Angeles Lakers)
“[Kendall Marshall] is the best pure leader I have trained since Chauncey Billups,” said Dan Barto, IMG Academy Head Skills Trainer - NBA Development. “His understanding of the game is that of a 10-year veteran. He broke multiple reaction and vision tests at IMG and I expect a starter tag sooner than later."
Barto is one of the game’s top one-on-one instructors; he and his staff have worked with more than 100 current or former NBA players, including Joakim Noah, Jrue Holiday, Vince Carter, Al Harrington, Luol Deng, Alonzo Gee, Aaron Jackson, Glen Davis, Kevin Martin, and 2011 NBA Draft first-round picks, Iman Shumpert and Jimmy Butler.
IMG Academy’s NBA Combine/Pre-Draft Training Program presented athletes with education and training in position-specific skills, sports nutrition and hydration, physical conditioning, speed and movement, vision training, mental conditioning and communication.
The Draft news comes on the heels of IMG Academy’s announcement that longtime NBA coach Kenny Natt will serve as IMG’s new Director of Basketball. Natt spent 13 years as a coach for the Utah Jazz, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Sacramento Kings, working with players like John Stockton, Karl Malone, and LeBron James.