#OTRHoopsReport – Player Spotlight on Brandon Ingram – April 24, 2014
Brandon Ingram is looking forward to a bright future on the court.
*Photo credit to Janet Carter of the Kingston.com Free Press
Ingram brings tools to the court that instantly puts him in the conversation as one of the top 25 players in the class of 2015. At 6-foot-8 tall, the North Carolina native has length that is reminiscent of current Memphis Grizzlies forward Tayshaun Prince. However, Ingram’s game is different from the left-handed, 11 year veteran of the NBA. Whereas Prince’s longevity is based on defending multiple positions on the floor, Ingram projects to be primary scorer at the next level.
Our OTRHoopsReport.com staff saw his talents first hand at the Norman Parker Showcase in the second weekend of April. He moves very well away from the ball and hunts shots while coming off screens. Director of Scouting Brandon Clay remarked that “Ingram is a premier scoring wing nationally. His sweet stroke from beyond the arc sets up the rest of his game. He has an effective mid-range jumper and can also score over defenders in the paint.”
What truly sets Ingram apart as an elite prospect is his capacity to be a two-way player on the floor. He has the foot quickness to move laterally versus quick perimeter forwards. He also has the wingspan to affect shots around the rim. We saw him run down offensive players in transition and emphatically block their shots into the stands. Ingram has a frame that will easily put on weight after a consistent collegiate weight room regimen.
Recently Duke has put the full-court press in their recruitment of Ingram. Coach Mike Kryzyzewski made an in home visit and extended a scholarship offer. It might had been a forgone conclusion that Ingram would play for coach Roy Williams, since the Tar Heels have been recruiting Ingram hard for some time. Unless another school makes a late push, expect the swing forward to stay in-state for his college choice.
Jonathan Hemingway is a National Evaluator for the OTRHoopsReport. He is also the publisher of CoachHemi.com. He has been involved in the community since 1996 as a coach, camp director and evaluator. You can reach him via email at JonathanHemingway@PeachStateBasketball.com and follow him on twitter @JLHemingwayPSB
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