December 28, 2012

College coaches scout Ingram

Raleigh, NC - Kinston (NC) sophomore small forward Brandon Ingram scored 10 points, grabbed six rebounds, blocked two shots, dished out an assist and turned it over twice in a 57-50 decision to DeSoto (Texas) in the first round of the HighSchoolOT.com Holiday Invitational Thursday, Dec. 27.

Ingram's shot was not falling (2-10 FG and 0-4 three-point), but he was a perfect 6-6 from the free-throw line.

"Brandon's a good player," Kinston head coach Perry Tyndall said. "Brandon realized his shots weren't falling, so getting to the line is important. Big-time players got to find a way to score, and he got to the line for us. Brandon's going to knock down shots. I'm not worried about. He's a little down, but he's going to hit big shots for us and getting to the line is something he does well."

"He did it in the state championship for us last year. He was 8-8 from the line. He's a smart player. He knows what to do in big games."

The 6-foot-7 and 180-pound swingman also shared the assignment of guarding 2013 Duke signee Matt Jones, who scored a game-high 17 points.

"I think [I was] great on the defensive end," Ingram said. "Since my shot wasn't falling I had to be more aggressive getting off screens and getting to the basket."

Wake Forest assistant coaches Jeff Battle and Rusty LaRue, NC State head coach Mark Gottfried, North Carolina assistant coach C.B. McGrath and Duke assistant coach Chris Collins were in the crowd.

Ingram, who is rated as a four-star recruit by Rivals.com, said he is hearing the most from the Wolfpack, Tar Heels and Demon Deacons, but has not received a scholarship offer.

He interacts most with Gottfried.

"[Gottfried tells me] he's looking forward to seeing me in that red," Ingram said.

Ingram is working to develop a post-up game against smaller defenders, improve his strength, pull-up jump-shot, getting to the basket and defense.

LaRue is recruiting him for the Demon Deacons.

"I spoke with him probably two weeks ago," Ingram said. "He's telling me he's coming down to see one of my games, and he'll be in touch."

Ingram has not made a trip to Wake, but said he will.

The Wake Forest coaching staff like his upside and potential.

"They're [UNC coaching staff] just telling me to work on my footwork and they're asking me, telling me to come to their games, putting me in the best seat and just keep working hard," Ingram said.

"He [UNC forward/guard Reggie Bullock] tells me to work hard every time. We don't have that close, close relationship, but it's pretty good."

However, Ingram does see Bullock as a role model.

He cheered for Duke and Kentucky.

"I have visited Duke before, but haven't heard from them lately," Ingram said.

The 2014 Tar Heel State product, who is rated as a four-star recruit by Rivals.com, is averaging a 11.9 points, 4.3 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.6 steals and 1.4 blocks.

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