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7-foot-4 Olivier Rio enters the IMG Basketball Academy

IMG Academy has hosted some of the biggest high school basketball stars in recent years. From Trevon Duval to Jonathan Isaac and many others, Ascenders have a reputation for sending players to elite college programs and, in some cases, the NBA.

Could 15-year-old Olivier Rio be the next in this line?

The Canadian mega center announced via its Instagram account in June that it will be taking its talents to IMG Academy next season. Rio either trained or played with Real Madrid in Spain and Saint-Jean-Vianney College in Montreal, Quebec.

Rio has not yet played high school basketball in the US, but he is already well known by many around the country after a video of him competing as a 6-foot-10 went viral in Canada.

It remains to be seen if Rioux will fit into the IMG Academy national team or one of its other programmes. Either way, a Canadian potential client is sure to get their fair share of attention every time they take the floor.

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