WTOL-TV You Tube Video – Notre Dame Academy girls basketball player Grace VanSlooten is transferring to IMG Academy in Florida for her final year of high school
(5-17-21) Girls Basketball is seeing the development of more and more girls ‘basketball schools‘ making an impact on local schools, including Ohio.
One of Ohio’s top girls basketball players announced earlier this month that she would complete her senior year of high school at IMG Academy in Florida.
From the IMG web site –
IMG Academy continues to develop elite athletes who achieve success at the collegiate and professional levels. Past alumni and trainees have included world No. 1 tennis players and Grand Slam champions, No. 1 overall NFL draft picks, top NBA athletes, successful PGA Tour/LPGA players, and NCAA champions. Graduates attend many of the most notable universities in the nation, including Stanford, Duke, Ohio State, and Johns Hopkins, as well as several service academies.
IMG, although a member of the Florida HS Athletic Association (FHSAA), has a mutual agreement with the group to not participate in state championships. That means nationwide scheduling and exposure, just one of the reasons transfer to a school like IMG.
VanSlooten who played her first three seasons at Toledo Notre Academy (NDA) and is one of the most sought after players in the US.
VanSlooten like many other 5-star athletes seem to levitate to schools like IMG for the national exposure and the quality competition.
The bad news… NDA. Toledo and Ohio loses one of its brightest stars…one who was a first team DI All-State selection and took her team to Dayton this year losing in the State Semifinal game to Cincinnati Mount Notre Dame.
This year VanSlooten would have been a top candidate for Ohio’s Ms. Basketball. At 6-foot-3 she is the No. 16 player and No. 5 forward in America in the class of 2022, according to the ESPN’s rankings.
Some may see this as a problem, but the transferring of top players from around the country will continue,this is not your mom and dad’s high school sports teams any more.