There is something special happening on the IMG campus in Bradenton.

A school known for its success in football and its tennis academy, now has another sport that is quickly becoming one of the tops in the nation, boys basketball.

Head coach Sean McAloon is in his second season as the Ascenders coach. 

"We're in our infant stages of trying to become one of the powers in the country," McAloon said.

They are well on their way.  After winning 24 games last season, the Ascenders have won 16 of their first 17 this season and have been ranked as high as second in the country.

The school has four high Division-I college recruits in Jeremiah Robinson-Earl (Villanova), Josh Green (Arizona), Mikeal Brown-Jones (Penn State) and Armando Bacot, Jr. (North Carolina).

The team has an international flair, featuring 13 players from as far away as Australia and Japan with the closest player to Florida being from Alabama, and their success has the attention of everybody on campus according to McAloon.

"The support has been awesome, we've had two home games and already they are more packed then they were the entire year last year and we've had to add extra stands," he said.

McAloon is the perfect coach to handle such a diverse squad.  Born in Europe to parents in the Army, he is more than capable of handling many different personalities from all sorts of backgrounds.

IMG is not eligible to play for a high school state championship here in Florida, instead they play for a high school national championship.

Each year ESPN selects the best eight high school teams in the country and they play for the right to be crowned national champs in April.

The Ascenders were selected two years ago but lost in the first round. This year's team feels like they are built for a long run and the chance to bring the school its first national championship.

If you would like to see the boys play, they will be in a prime time slot, Sunday January 20th on ESPN at 7:30pm when they will face national power Oak Hill Academy from Virginia.