Cameron Madison – Mustangs Ahead
(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – On Tuesday Dec. 10, LRHS boys varsity basketball took on the IMG Ascenders. The Ascenders are ranked fifth in the country, making this an unusually tough game for the Mustangs.
The Ascenders throttled the Mustangs by a score of 83-45. Many feared going into the game this would be the outcome, but the result isn’t necessarily a bad thing as many may think.
IMG is loaded with Division-1 talent. For example, Guard Jaden Springer is committed to play at University of Tennessee, and Center Mark Williams is committed to play at Duke University. Just about every other player on their roster is either committed to or has offers from top colleges like Kentucky, Michigan, and Ole Miss.
LRHS boys basketball head coach Jeremy Schiller said it was an unforgettable experience for his team.
“We were Excited and proud to have the opportunity to play one of the time five teams in the nation,” he said. “I think our kids overall enjoyed the experience of going up against opposition with multiple future NBA players. It was a lot of fun.”
Schiller added IMG’s was probably the most talented high school team he’s ever seen.
The Mustangs’ philosophy is to play very tough competition, which will in return better prepare players. IMG doesn’t typically play public schools; they play most of their games at shootouts against some of the other top high school teams in the country.
As the season wears on, the Mustangs won’t play talent remotely close to that of IMG’s again. The Mustangs hope this will pay off with a Championship in March.