Ingram Ready To Narrow List?

Ingram Ready To Narrow List?

Donald Ingram has been the recruiting process before, as his son, Bo Ingram, was recruited out of Kinston (NC) High School a few years ago. Now he is dealing with it again with another son, four-star wing Brandon Ingram.

Donald Ingram has been the recruiting process before, as his son, Bo Ingram, was recruited out of Kinston (NC) High School a few years ago. Now he is dealing with it again with another son, four-star wing Brandon Ingram.

Ingram was out in Las Vegas over the weekend playing with his AAU team, Stackhouse Elite, so Pack Pride checked in with his father for an update on his recruitment.

"At one point I felt like I knew [how his recruitment was playing out], but Brandon started to step it up on the circuit," said Mr. Ingram. "Three more offers then came in at the same time from Kansas, Kentucky, and UCLA. I don't know how that has changed things with him as far as what he wants to do and who he wants to visit."

Ingram already held offers from NC State, Duke, North Carolina, and Louisville among others prior to the recent additions. His summer started slow at the NBPA Top 100 Camp, but he has been outstanding in July, which has led to the new offers.

NC State was the first school to offer Ingram a scholarship, and assistant Rob Moxley is heading up his recruitment.

"I'm in constant contact with the coaches from NC State," said Mr. Ingram. "Brandon is in constant contact with those guys, each and every week. They are very nice and informative about the usage of Brandon and how they see him fitting into the program, and his progression and what he can do within the time he is there.

“We are very satisfied with the recruitment. We don't have any problem with that. Those guys are fair and straightforward. They don't make any promises... you have to go in and do the work and everything. They talked about their tutoring program. We're really satisfied with their presentation. Coach Moxley... they are going to do an in-home visit once they can, we'll set up all that."

NC State lost small forward T.J. Warren after a breakout season where the sophomore was named ACC Player of the Year. Like Warren, Ingram is capable of scoring in a lot of ways.

"They see the same type of player that's multi-dimensional and can do a lot of things for them," said Mr. Ingram. "A lot of the talk is they see Brandon as a player that can contribute like T.J. did because of his offensive skills and his high basketball IQ.

"They see him coming in and being a major contributor to the program. He's 6'9 with a 7'4 wingspan and can put the ball on the floor, finish around the basket, and score from outside."

According to Mr. Ingram, Brandon has taken one official visit so far, a trip to North Carolina in January.

"The only reason we haven't taken official visits anywhere else is because Brandon has been on the road with Adidas Nations just about every weekend," he added. "It's been hard to schedule anything with anybody. Things are now starting to wind down and we can start looking at some schools and taking it from there."

It sounds like at the end of this month Ingram will look to narrow his focus to five schools and progress from there.

"Right now, the plan is to get back, and he'll only have two days home before going out to California with Adidas," said Mr. Ingram. "He still has another tournament to play in out there, and once he returns, we'll sit down and see what five schools he's talking about.

"We'll then go from there. When a decision comes, that I don't know, but those five schools, we are going to evaluate what's coming in, what's going out, and how he'll fit that particular program."

NC State is one of the schools expected to get an official visit.

"This is a dead period and I think in August they can start going to campus," Mr. Ingram stated. "That's when he's going to set something up. I've talked to coach Moxley, and we're going to set something up in the month of August for an official visit. As far as a date, I don't know that yet."

What will be the major factors for Ingram when the time comes to make a decision?

“What any kid will be looking for... how much and how quick he can contribute to whatever program he goes to... without going in and being a bench-warmer," said Mr. Ingram. "How soon can I grasp the system, fit in, and get on the court?

"The other thing is who am I playing with and what do they bring to the table where I can play my role on the court? Those are a few of the factors."

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