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Maxim Barskiy of Moscow, Russia wins IMG Academy Basketball Gatorade G-Award Week of August 12

Cindy Yu
Maxim Barskiy of Moscow, Russia wins IMG Academy Basketball Gatorade G-Award Week of August 12

Every week of camp, IMG Academy selects the Athlete of the Week sponsored by Gatorade. The honoree is bestowed the G-Award in recognition of the athlete who displays Heart, Hustle and Soul, and exhibits a true desire to reach their true athletic potential. 

The IMG Academy basketball summer camp winner of the Gatorade G-Award for the week of August 12 is 11-year-old Maxim Barskiy from Moscow, Russia.

How long have you been playing basketball for?

I've been playing basketball for four years.

Who is your coach?

Coach Nate Vander Sluis was my coach but all the other coaches helped coach me too.

What is your favorite thing about IMG Academy and why?

I just like to be here. I like this camp. I believe I will come here next summer.

What professional athletes inspire you the most?

Kobe Bryant and Kyrie Irving inspire me the most. Kobe Bryant inspires me because I watched his videos on the Internet and I liked him. I like Kyrie Irving's moves, shots and just the way he plays.

What is your favorite thing to do after you win a game?

After I win a game, I just like to relax.

What motivates you to push through a tough practice?

Me, that's all. I just want to do it and prove myself.

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