A New Chapter in DME History

Earlier this month, The DME Boys Basketball team embarked on an european expedition to Cholet, France, marking their first foreign tour to compete against international teams. But this trip wasn’t merely about basketball, it was a chance for the team to experience a completely new culture, play under new rules and compete against some of the best teams in France and Europe. 

The Games Begin

After a grueling 24-hour voyage, the team arrived in Cholet, France. Their inaugural friendly took place in a packed arena in Salle de l’Arceau located about 3 hours south west of Paris where they were able to secure a 100-90 victory despite making the adjustment to FIBA rules. 

Culture and Community Engagement

The next day before their second game, the boys seized the opportunity to explore the streets of Paris, climbing the Eiffel Tower and of course enjoying the french bread and other local cuisine. The team then hosted a basketball camp for over 50 local youngsters in Cholet, fostering skill development and camaraderie. The team also visited a nearby elementary school and shared laughs and took questions while assisting the students with their English. 

Tournament Play and Individual Highlights

Jaylen Robinson shined during tournament play and delivered a jaw-dropping 40-point performance in the game against Polaris Prep out of Canada, and he also earned a spot into the finals of the dunk contest. Matas Buteliauskas also competed in the skills and showcase and was able to secure runner up in the three point contest while Yamar’e Bell won the skills challenge. 

A Trip Of A Lifetime

Beyond the scoreboard, this trip nurtured team cohesion, broadened the boys cultural horizons and left a lasting imprint on the communities they encountered. As the boys returned home we were thrilled to hear about how impactful this trip was for the coaching staff, players and our partners in France. To learn more about DME Academy’s prestigious men’s basketball program and how you can be apart of the legacy we are building here in Daytona, Florida and abroad, click here

Daytona, Fla. (Mar. 26, 2024) -After a challenging two weeks, the Boys National Basketball team concluded their journey at the Grind Session World Championship. Kicking off in Las Vegas, they quickly made their mark with early wins, notably against Winston-Salem Christian National, edging them out 72-68. This season, the team notched over 25 wins for the second consecutive year, highlighting the program’s growth and its success in securing back-to-back winning seasons against top national teams.

Transitioning to Chicago for the semifinals, the Boys National squad faced Dream City Christian. Despite a hard-fought battle, DME would lose to Dream City, with the final score reading 54-72.

Throughout the tournament, DME Academy’s players showcased exceptional skill and dedication. Savo Drezgic’s performance in the semifinals was particularly noteworthy, with a stat line of 19 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists, and 3 steals, highlighting his pivotal role in the team’s efforts. Moustapha Thiam’s contributions during their tournament run was also notable, where he averaged 23.5 points, 10 rebounds, and 3 blocks per game, demonstrating his significant impact on both ends of the court.

The team’s collective achievements received well-deserved recognition. Jaylen Robinson and Savo Drezgic were named to the All-Grind Session Team, a testament to their outstanding performances throughout the tournament. Moustapha Thiam was honored with a spot on the All-Defensive Team, emphasizing his defensive prowess. 

Additionally, Babatunde Durodola and Savo Drezgic’s skills were acknowledged on an international scale, with both players earning spots among the Top 5 International Players “FIBA 5,” highlighting their global impact.

Despite the conclusion of their journey in the semifinals, DME Academy’s campaign in the Grind Session World Championships was characterized by teamwork, grit and standout individual performances, and camaraderie that navigated the challenges of a highly competitive tournament. Their efforts not only showcased the depth of talent within the team but also set a solid foundation for future successes.

To learn more about DME Academy’s prestigious men’s basketball program, click here.

As March Madness grips basketball fans across the country, it’s a moment of pride for us at DME Academy to watch our alumni compete at the collegiate level. This year, we’re thrilled to see our men and women making waves in the NCAA Tournament, affirming our dedication to comprehensive development that mirrors the intensity of college-level competition.

DME Alumni in the NCAA Tournament:

At DME Academy, we prepare student-athletes for the academic rigor and athletic demands of collegiate programs. Our academy is built on the pillars of academic excellence, personal growth, and athletic competitiveness, fostering resilience and ambition in our students.

Seeing our alums excel in the NCAA Tournament spotlights the powerful blend of community support, expert coaching, and educational guidance they embraced at DME Academy. Their achievements underscore our unwavering dedication to fostering the growth of every student-athlete, propelling them toward success in athletics and life beyond. 

If you are dreaming of competing at the next level and achieving academic success, DME Academy offers the foundation you need. Join us and begin your journey to becoming a well-rounded individual ready to tackle the challenges of college athletics and beyond. Discover more about how DME Academy can be part of your path to success. Click here to get started.

Finding the right summer sports camp is crucial to your child’s athletic and personal development. At DME Academy, our programs are specifically designed to nurture each athlete’s potential, providing a comprehensive and enriching experience that extends beyond just sports training.

At DME Academy, we recognize the unique goals and interests of each young athlete. Our camp offerings span various sports, including basketball, soccer, baseball, volleyball, and more. Tailored to meet athletes at every level, from beginners to advanced competitors, our camps ensure focused attention and skill development for everyone.

DME Academy Summer Camps Available in 2024: 

Local Basketball Camp

Basketball Accelerator Camps

Soccer Accelerator Camp

Volleyball Skills & Drills 

Beginner Volleyball Camp 

Volleyball Gold Medal Square Camp 

Volleyball Intermediate Camp

Lacrosse Camp powered by System Eighty-One 

DME Competitive Summer Prep Camps:

Basketball Summer Prep

Baseball Summer Prep

Soccer Summer Prep

Volleyball Summer Prep

Expert Coaching and World-Class Facilities

Our dedicated coaches bring their passion and expertise to our top-notch facilities, fostering an environment where young athletes can challenge themselves and excel. With access to professional training and insights, participants are empowered to reach new milestones in their athletic journeys.

Beyond the Field

We believe in the power of sports to teach valuable life lessons. Our camps emphasize values like resilience, leadership, and teamwork, creating a nurturing atmosphere for athletes to develop not just physically but also as well-rounded individuals. This approach helps participants to build character, forge lasting friendships, and become part of a supportive community.

The Benefits of Joining a DME Summer Prep Camp:

At DME Academy, we’re committed to providing a transformative summer experience for young athletes. With our comprehensive training programs, state-of-the-art facilities, and dedicated coaching staff, we offer the perfect environment for athletes to thrive. Whether it’s basketball, soccer, baseball, volleyball, or any other sport, our camps focus on honing skills, fostering teamwork, and instilling values that extend beyond the field. Join us this summer and discover the difference at DME Academy! Learn more about our summer offerings by visiting our website.

Daytona, Fla. (Feb. 27, 2024) -The Eighth Annual Basketball Without Borders (BWB) Global Camp, held during the NBA All-Star 2024 Weekend, showcased the talents of emerging young prospects from around the world. Among the 40 high school-aged participants from 22 countries and territories were two standout players from DME Academy: Savos Drezgic of Serbia and Moustapha Thiam from Senegal. 

Savos Drezgic distinguished himself on the court, earning a coveted spot on the BWB Global Camp Boys All-Star Team. His exceptional performance across various camp activities, from games to skills sessions, earned him well-deserved recognition. Drezgic has attracted attention from prestigious universities, receiving scholarship offers from California, Arizona State, South Florida, and Stanford while Moustapha Thiam has committed to UCF Knights.

The participation of Drezgic and Thiam underscores DME Academy’s commitment to providing its athletes with opportunities to compete at the highest levels and gain exposure on the international stage. Their success at the camp serves as a testament to their dedication, hard work, and the quality of training they receive at DME.

As DME Academy continues to nurture talent and ambition in young athletes, the achievements of Drezgic and Thiam stand as inspiring examples. Congratulations to both players for their outstanding performances and for representing DME Academy with distinction. If you’re inspired by their success and want to explore the opportunities offered by DME Academy, visit our website for more information visit our Admissions Page for more information

As the weekend approaches, DME Academy is gearing up to host an exhilarating lineup of sports events that promise excitement, skill, and fierce competition on their campus in Daytona Beach, Florida. From basketball showdowns to soccer showcases, DME is set to be the epicenter of sports action from Friday, January 12, to Monday, January 15.

The Grind Session Daytona: Elevating High School Basketball on a Global Stage

Kicking off the weekend on Friday, January 12, is The Grind Session Daytona, part of an international winter circuit showcasing elite high school basketball talent. Teams from across the nation and Canada, including powerhouses like DME Academy, Dream City Christian, Fort Erie International Academy, DME Wisconsin, and Utah Prep, will compete in a thrilling display of skill and highlight reel-worthy play. The women’s schedule features equally impressive teams, such as DME Academy, Bella Vista Prep, Elite Prep, and Academy of Central Florida.

The Grind Session’s choice to host one of their premier events at DME reflects the institution’s commitment to excellence. Matt Panaggio, Director of Men’s Basketball at DME, expressed his excitement, stating, “We are honored to be selected as a host site for The Grind Session. It is a testament to the world-class facilities, elite standard, and the competitive culture that defines DME Academy.”

The full event schedule can be found on DME’s instagram. For family, friends and fans who cannot attend The Grind Session Daytona in person, games will be livestreamed on Tanager Sports TV.

DME MLK Classic: A Stage for Elite Post-Grad Men’s Basketball

Simultaneously, the DME MLK Classic will unfold from Saturday, January 13, to Monday, January 15, featuring a men’s basketball tournament that brings together formidable post-graduate teams. Teams in attendance include DME Academy, Academy of Central Florida, IMG Academy, Prestige, Dawg Sports Academy, Star Athlete, and The International Sports Academy. Fans can check out the schedule for Saturday by clicking here, and follow along for updates as the bracket is updated.

Battle at the Beach: A High Exposure Boys Soccer Showcase

Adding a different dimension to the weekend, Battle at the Beach takes place on Saturday, January 13, and Sunday, January 14. This boys’ soccer showcase, set against the backdrop of DME’s pristine turf soccer pitch, welcomes numerous college coaches to campus from esteemed institutions like Newberry College, Georgia Gwinnett College, the University of North Florida, Embry-Riddle, and more.

Teams including DME Academy, DME Sarasota, the Academy of Central Florida, and IdeaSport Soccer Academy will engage in intense competition, providing an intimate, high-exposure event for the U19 players. This showcase underscores DME Academy’s dedication to nurturing talent and providing a platform for players to shine. To watch the action in person, family, friends and fans can view the schedule here.

Beyond the exciting lineup of events, DME Academy offers state-of-the-art athletic facilities that contribute to the overall experience. Nestled in the picturesque location of Daytona Beach, attendees can enjoy not only top-tier sports but also the beautiful, vibrant city. DME’s commitment to elite athletics ensures that each event is not just a competition but an opportunity for athletes to showcase their skills and for spectators to witness sports at its finest.

As the weekend unfolds, DME invites sports enthusiasts, families, and the community to join in the excitement, support the athletes, and be part of an unforgettable weekend filled with passion, skill, and camaraderie.

Follow DME Academy on Instagram for event schedules, updates, and highlights throughout the weekend.

To view all upcoming events at DME Academy, click here.

DME Academy proudly highlights Pedro Baptista Teixeira, a standout men’s basketball player on the High School Blue team. Recently, Pedro achieved a significant milestone by securing an interview with the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) admissions team. This accomplishment not only reflects Pedro’s individual excellence but also underscores DME Academy’s commitment to preparing students for success, both academically and athletically.

Pedro, the point guard for the High School Blue basketball team, embodies the qualities that define a DME Academy student-athlete. Described as extremely driven, highly intelligent, and an outstanding person by teachers and coaches, Pedro excels not only on the court but also in the classroom. His commitment to a challenging course load, including dual enrollment and advanced placement (AP) classes in math and science, showcases his dedication to academic excellence. 

Infinitum Sports, a consulting agency dedicated to supporting international talent, recognized Pedro’s great potential and assisted with his recruitment to DME. Hailing from Portugal, Pedro’s journey to the High School Blue team brings a global perspective to the academy, further enriching the institution’s cultural diversity. Beyond being a talented athlete, Pedro’s accomplishments transcend borders, exemplifying his commitment to personal growth and success.

Even with his responsibilities in the classroom and on the court, Pedro has demonstrated extraordinary commitment by finding time to help tutor classmates and serve as a translator for Portuguese-speaking students whose English is still developing. In short, he epitomizes what DME Academy looks for in a student—someone who not only excels academically and athletically but also contributes to the supportive community ethos.

The MIT admissions process, known for its rigor, included a personal interview conducted over a Zoom call. Pedro, in collaboration with Dave Swebilius, DME Academy’s College & Career Advisor, meticulously prepared for this crucial step. His extensive research into MIT’s website, student newspaper, and student experiences reflects not only Pedro’s determination but also his passion for articulating why MIT is the ideal destination for his academic aspirations.

A unique dimension is added to Pedro’s journey with his familial connection to MIT—his father being an MIT alumnus. This connection underscores the continuation of a legacy and exemplifies Pedro’s aspirations to follow in his family’s footsteps by pursuing academic excellence at a renowned institution.

As Pedro, his family, and the entire DME Community eagerly await MIT’s decision, the excitement and anticipation are palpable. Dave Swebilius stated, “Pedro’s opportunities show what can happen when one recognizes their talents and puts in the hard work to achieve their goals.”

Pedro’s story is a shining example of DME Academy’s commitment to preparing students for success both on and off the court. If you’re inspired by Pedro’s journey and want to explore the opportunities DME Academy offers, visit our Admissions Page for more information.

Savo Drezgić, one of the youngest players on a Euroleague roster and recent ABA League champion with BC Partizan, is approaching a major shift in his basketball career. A 5-star recruit, acknowledged for his on-court proficiency and maturity, Drezgić is set to join the competitive roster at DME Academy in Florida this January, marking a substantial transition from European to American basketball.

Athlete+, a consulting agency dedicated to supporting international talent within the U.S. high school and university system, has facilitated Drezgić’s move to DME Academy positions him as a top prospect for NCAA and NBA scouts.

“Savo has played at the highest levels in Europe, and now he will get the chance to play against the best competition here in the USA. He’s a very talented player and comes from a great family. He and his brother Lazar will be great additions to DME Academy, and we are very excited to see what the future holds for them here at DME!”, said Matt Panaggio, Director of Men’s Basketball at DME Academy.

Drezgić’s transition from Euroleague to US basketball system signifies an opportunity to develop new skills, experience diverse coaching philosophies, and face top level opponents of his age while bringing new energy to DME team.

DME Academy, recognized for nurturing young talent and producing top NBA & NCAA players such as Keegan and Kris Murray, offers an ideal setting for Drezgić’s seamless transition. The academy’s commitment to academic and athletic development aligns with Drezgić’s aspirations, promising a transformative experience both on and off the court.

Expressing his excitement, Drezgić stated, “Partizan is my home and it provided me with invaluable experiences, but joining DME Academy brings an exciting new challenge. The shift from European to American basketball is a significant step for me, and I’m eager to learn, adapt, and contribute. This move isn’t just about elevating my game; it’s about creating new possibilities for my future.”

As Drezgić embarks on this basketball transition, the global sports community observes with anticipation. Beyond a change in scenery, his move to DME Academy symbolizes a pivotal moment in his promising career—a journey that transcends borders and underscores the unifying power of the sport on a global scale.

To learn more about DME Academy’s prestigious men’s basketball program, click here.

In a historic performance on Saturday night, former DME Academy standout Keegan Murray left an indelible mark on the NBA, guiding the Sacramento Kings to a resounding 125-104 victory over the Utah Jazz. Breaking multiple franchise records, Murray showcased his prowess by making an astounding 12 three-pointers, including an NBA-record 11 consecutive shots, while amassing a career-high 47 points.

Murray’s remarkable shooting spree fell just two three-pointers short of the league record set by Klay Thompson in 2018. The second-year forward’s stellar performance was not only a personal best but also etched his name in the Kings’ record books. Scoring 26 points in the third quarter alone, Murray surpassed Mitch Richmond’s franchise record of 25 points in a quarter, a mark that had stood since 1995.

Kings coach Mike Brown lauded Murray’s exceptional play, emphasizing the unforced nature of his record-breaking performance. Brown told ESPN, “I thought Keegan was playing the right way. There was nothing really forced. Our guys didn’t really force anything to him. They just hit him when he was open.” Murray’s ability to seamlessly integrate into the team’s strategy and capitalize on open opportunities contributed significantly to the Kings’ success.

Murray’s heroics were complemented by the Kings’ outstanding three-point shooting throughout the game. The team finished the night with 22 three-pointers, marking the third time this season that Sacramento made at least 20 treys. 

Reflecting on his incredible third quarter, Murray likened it to his college days, stating, “It kind of reminded me of my last year in college. I’d get hot and I would just black out for a little bit, and so everything would just go in. That’s kind of what happened in the third quarter.” Murray’s ability to enter a zone where every shot seemed destined for success left fans and teammates alike in awe.

Despite the Jazz’s efforts, Murray’s offensive onslaught proved insurmountable. Jazz coach Will Hardy acknowledged Murray’s exceptional performance, noting, “Keegan never let us off the hook. Every time you make a mistake, he makes the shot.” Hardy recognized Murray’s status as a rising star and commended his skills, acknowledging that it was one of those extraordinary nights that define a player’s career.

Keegan Murray’s historic night stands as a testament to the talent developed at DME Academy. As an alumnus, Murray continues to make waves in the NBA, leaving an indelible mark on the Sacramento Kings and etching his name in the league’s record books. The basketball world eagerly anticipates more stellar performances from this young and promising athlete.

To learn more about DME Academy’s world-class men’s basketball program, click here.

The 6th Annual DME Academy Beach & Ball Classic, a premier men’s high school and post-grad basketball tournament, kicks off tomorrow, Thursday, December 7, and promises a weekend filled with fierce competition, high-energy plays, and unforgettable moments. The tournament will run through Sunday, December 10, at the esteemed DME Academy in Daytona Beach, Florida.

Teams from across the nation are converging on DME, each eager to showcase their skills and compete in this well-organized and highly competitive event. This year’s lineup includes powerhouse teams such as DME Academy, DME Academy Wisconsin, IMG Academy, Prestige Worldwide, Montverde Academy, Rocktop Academy, and more. With such an impressive array of talent on display, fans can expect thrilling matchups and intense battles on the court.

The driving force behind the success of this annual event is none other than Matt Panaggio, the Director of Men’s Basketball at DME Academy. As the organizer and director of the Beach & Ball Classic, Panaggio expressed his enthusiasm for the upcoming tournament, stating, “The Beach & Ball Classic has become a staple in showcasing top-tier talent and fostering healthy competition. We’re thrilled to welcome top teams from around the country to DME, and we’re confident that this year’s tournament will be a testament to the skill and dedication of these young athletes.”

Basketball enthusiasts and sports fans alike are encouraged to keep up with the action on Twitter by connecting with DME Academy (@DMESportsAcad) and DME Men’s Basketball (@DMEAcademyMBB). These social media channels will provide real-time updates on scores and announcements of the MVP and All-Tournament team honorees.

For those who want to witness the excitement in person, entry tickets will be sold at the door for $10 per day, or $25 for a 4-day pass. It’s an excellent opportunity to watch some of the most skilled and talented players and teams in the nation compete at the highest level. The atmosphere promises to be electric, with passionate fans cheering on their favorite teams and players.

Don’t miss out on the 6th Annual DME Academy Beach & Ball Classic—a basketball event that celebrates the spirit of competition, sportsmanship, and the pursuit of excellence. To learn more about DME Academy’s elite men’s basketball program, click here.