Prep School Countdown: No. 10 IMG

Everyone knows that IMG has terrific facilities, but know they are getting players to go along with all the bells and whistles.

We're unveiling the most extensive and only prep school poll of its kind and we'll take a look at IMG Academy (Fla.), which checks in at No. 10.

The facilities are state-of-the-art and second to none and the basketball program is being built up and it's just a matter of time before they can compete with anyone.

In fact, they may already be on that level.

With holdover guards Ramel Bradley and Danny Morrissey, the one thing that IMG really needed was a tough frontcourt player.

Enter Jerome "Stretch" Johnson, a 6-8, 215-pound forward who attended The Bullis School last season in Maryland.

Bradley is a scoring point guard who chose Kentucky earlier this week over Boston College. He's a flashy New York native who can put up points quickly and was overshadowed at times during the summer by his AAU teammate, Sebastian Telfair.

Morrissey is the poster child for IMG – a kid who went in to the school with no interest from D-1 schools and will come out with a different body, skill set and a scholarship to Penn State.

Johnson has gotten significantly better since arriving in Bradenton, Fla., and is being pursued by Pittsburgh and Nebraska.

``When he got here, he needed to tone up his skills," IMG coach Tony Tucker said. "He's a long shot-blocker who is starting to define his skills. He's turning into a well-rounded player, not just a big body who can be physical and rebound. He's turning into a scorer."

The other names on the roster for the prep team (they also have a high school team) aren't quite as well-known.

Swingman Kristoff Kendrick (6-4, 190) hails from Lafayette, Ind., and is a good shooter who should get plenty of time on the wing. West Palm Beach, Fla, rugged forward Archie Rose (6-3, 200) will likely claim the final starting spot and will try and work on his small forward skills after playing the majority of his high school ball down in the post.

Returnee Rashad Bilal should see plenty of action and could start as well. He's a 6-4, 190-pound wing from White Plains, N.Y. The other reserves are Stephan McDowell, a 6-foot point guard from Indiana and Tyrone Morrison, a 6-10, 210-pound fifth-year senior from Minnesota.

``This team's going to be formidable," Tucker added. "We'll do well against the other prep schools because we have two of the best players in the backcourt. You'll be hard-pressed to find a better backcourt."

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