What Did We Learn At the Champions Classic? Part 1: Kentucky vs Duke November 18, 2015 Brandon Ingram, 6'9, Freshman, SF, Duke
4 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist, 1 block, 1-6 2P, 0-0 3P, 2-2 FT, 19 minutes
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Ingram struggled with foul trouble as well, being the victim of a number of questionable calls that prevented him from getting into any kind of offensive groove. In spite of that, he showed how tantalizing a prospect he can be with his unique combination of size, length, fluidity, ball-handling ability and body control.
Ingram is still at a very early stage of his development physically, skill-wise and in terms of his overall awareness and feel for the game. He shows great flashes in many different areas, but has a difficult time putting everything together consistently. The makeup of this Duke team, with their poor spacing caused by their duo of interior oriented big men, and a lack of playmakers, certainly exacerbates this issue.
When Ingram was at his best, he was creating his own shot impressively on the perimeter, changing speeds, showing impressive footwork, and finding teammates off the dribble. That was mixed in with bad shots, settling for a long, contested 2-pointer off the dribble, and getting burned off the dribble by Kentucky's significantly smaller combo guards. Even though Ingram has tremendous potential defensively with his 7'3 wingspan and impressive instincts getting in the passing lanes and block shots, and showed as much with some very nice plays around the basket, he is still too inexperienced and lackadaisical with his overall approach, especially on the perimeter.
Although he didn't get a ton of looks in 26 minutes, Ingram was the US Team's most efficient player as he showed his versatile skill set and potential on the offensive end. Ingram knocked down a spot up mid-range jumper, hit two pull up jumpers, got the defender up in the air on the perimeter with a head fake, and got to the rim in a straight line and finished. He also got to the line off of a straight line drive going right.
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Ingram is very skilled and has excellent size and length for wing – 6' 9.5” with a 7' 3” wingspan. He has a lot of work to do on his body and can improve his overall effort level but there's a lot to like about Ingram, and he showed why on Saturday. [Read Full Article] 2015 Nike Hoop Summit Video Interview: Brandon Ingram April 11, 2015 An interview with elite forward prospect Brandon Ingram of the USA Junior National Select Team at the 2015 Nike Hoop Summit.
Small forward Brandon Ingram certainly looks the part of a high upside small forward prospect registering the 2nd longest wingspan on this roster with a frame that has a lot of potential for growth. His wingspan ranks among the most impressive wingspans for a small forward in our extensive database. His standing reach is equally impressive, ranking just a half an inch below that of Kevin Durant who measured 6-10.25 in shoes with a 7-4.75 wingspan and a 215-pound frame in 2007. Ingram's frame will need a lot of work at 196 pounds, but his height, wingspan and standing reach are phenomenal for a wing player. [Read Full Article] 2015 McDonald's Video Interview and Highlights: Brandon Ingram April 2, 2015
Video, Highlights, and Interview courtesy of 312 Media. [Read Full Article] 2014 Elite 24 Interviews: Brandon Ingram September 1, 2014