Campus Connection | IMG Academy alum Daniels stars at UConn

jdill@bradenton.comMarch 2, 2013 

Two former IMG Academy post-graduate basketball players are having very different seasons at the NCAA Division I level this season.

DeAndre Daniels is averaging 11.2 points a game and has started all 15 Big East games for the University of Connecticut. The sophomore forward, who is an IMG alum, leads the Huskies (19-8) with 5.1 rebounds a game and 35 blocks this season through 27 games.

Kamari Murphy has played in all 27 games this season for Oklahoma State (21-6), but the freshman forward mainly comes off the bench. The IMG alum has produced 4.3 points a game, but has committed more turnovers (32) than assists (19).

Also competing on the hardwood this year is former Bradenton Christian standout Daniel Magley.

The son of former Kansas University and NBA player Dave Magley, the younger Magley is a redshirt freshman at Neosho County Community College in Kansas.

Magley began his career at Southwest Baptist before heading to NCCC, where he has played 28 games. Magley is averaging 4.7 points in 18 minutes per game.

Beach volleyball

The State College of Florida Manatees are prepping for next fall's indoor season by hitting the beach. Head coach Carmine Garofalo's club is scheduled to compete in four beach volleyball tournaments this spring, including the "Fiesta on Siesta" on April 13.

The Manatees began their spring slate on Friday against Hillsborough Community College. The Fiesta tourney features SCF competing

against top Division I programs such as the University of Florida, University of Miami, Florida State University and Tulane University to name a few.

"Over the years, this has been a very special and successful event for our volleyball program," Garofalo said in a news release. "Thanks to the terrific talent and hard work of our players and coaches, SCF has been able to compete and succeed against much bigger and more experienced four year programs in the Southeast."

Track and field

Palmetto alum Alexis Love captured two runner-up finishes in three events at the recent Ohio Valley Conference Indoor Championships.

The Murray State senior ran the women's 60-meter dash in 7.53 seconds, a mere 0.06 seconds behind Jacksonville State's Laveeta Oliver.

Love also took second in the 200-meter dash with a time of 24.30.

And she ran the final leg of the 1,600-meter relay that the Racers took fifth.

Next up is the NCAA Indoor Championships scheduled for March 8-9.

Golf

IMG alum Isabelle Lendl was recently selected to play in the Kraft Nabisco Championship. The tournament is the first major of the 2013 season for the LPGA Tour.

Lendl, the daughter of famed tennis pro Ivan, is a senior at the University of Florida.

The Kraft Nabisco, scheduled for April 4-7 at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, Calif., is the first LPGA Tour event for Lendl. She is joined by UF teammate Camilla Hedberg as one of the nine amateurs selected as sponsor's exemptions into the tournament.

"I am beyond honored to be playing in a tournament as prestigious as the Kraft Nabisco Championship," Lendl said in a news release on gatorzone.com. "To have been selected to play in the tournament on a sponsor's exemption is an incredible opportunity. I am looking forward to teeing it up with the best professionals in the world and seeing how my game measures up to those playing at such a high level."

Lendl is a leader on the fifth-ranked Gators along with Hedberg and has fired a 67 twice this season. Lendl has averaged 71.9 in 19 rounds, while garnering five top-10 finishes this year.

Jason Dill, sports reporter, can be reached at 745-7017 or via email at jdill@bradenton.com Follow him on Twitter @Jason_Dill.

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