Brandon Ingram
Team: Duke, Freshman
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H: 6' 9"
W: 196 lbs
Bday: 09/02/1997
(18 Years Old)
Current: SF
NBA:   SF
Possible: SF
Pick: 1 in 2016 Mock Draft
Rank 1 in Top 100 Prospects
Rank 1 in NCAA Freshmen
RSCI: 4
Agent: Jeff Schwartz
High School: Kinston
Hometown: Kinston, NC

Predraft Measurements
YearSourceHeight w/o ShoesHeight w/shoesWeightWingspanStanding ReachBody FatNo Step VertMax Vert
2015Hoop Summit6' 8"6' 9.5"1967' 3"9' 1.5"NANANA
YearSourceHeight w/o ShoesHeight w/shoesWeightWingspanStanding ReachBody FatNo Step VertMax Vert
2015Hoop Summit6' 8"6' 9.5"1967' 3"9' 1.5"NANANA

Basic Per Game Statistics - Comprehensive Stats - Statistical Top 25s
YearLeagueNameGPMinPtsFGFGAFG%2Pt2PtA2P%3Pt3PtA3P%FTMFTAFT%OffDefTOTAstsStlsBlksTOsPFs
2015/16NCAABrandon Ingram3634.617.35.913.444.23.78.046.42.25.441.03.24.768.21.94.96.82.01.11.42.02.1
YearLeagueNameGPMinPtsFGFGAFG%2Pt2PtA2P%3Pt3PtA3P%FTMFTAFT%OffDefTOTAstsStlsBlksTOsPFs
2015/16NCAABrandon Ingram3634.617.35.913.444.23.78.046.42.25.441.03.24.768.21.94.96.82.01.11.42.02.1


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How Brandon Ingram Compares With Kevin Durant At The Same Age
April 4, 2016

This article was originally published on the Vertical on April 1st. Find it here in it's original format.

In August 2014, Brandon Ingram told DraftExpress at the Under Armour Elite 24 in New York that he models his game after Austin Daye, Tayshaun Prince and, “Kevin Durant, of course.”

The last comparison seemed like a pipe dream. At the time, Ingram was two inches shorter than Durant and was hardly considered an elite-level recruit. A career path somewhere in between Daye and Prince appeared to be most realistic.

In the 18 months since, Ingram has accomplished the following: He grew two inches, ascended to the fourth-ranked player in the 2015 recruiting class, helped lead a ho-hum Duke team to the Sweet 16 and cemented himself as the potential No. 1 pick in the 2016 NBA draft.

At 6-foot-9½ with the standing reach of an NBA center, an excellent handle, the fluidity of a guard and the stroke of a sharpshooter, the Durant comparisons look less and less ludicrous.

Here's a breakdown of how the Kinston, N.C., native compares to one of the best basketball players in the world when he was entering the NBA.

NCAA PRODUCTION

Kevin Durant
• Recruiting Services Consensus Index Ranking: No. 2
• Playing his entire freshman season at Texas at age 18, Durant – born on Sept. 29 – averaged 25.8 points, 11.1 rebounds, 1.9 steals, 1.9 blocks, and 35.5 minutes in 35 games. He became the first freshman in NCAA history to be named National Player of the Year.
• According to the DraftExpress Database, which dates to 2000, no other freshman has ever averaged 25 points per game on 50 percent shooting from 2-point range and 40 percent shooting from 3-point range (at least six attempts per 40-minute pace).
• Durant scored 30 points or more in 11 of his 35 games.

Brandon Ingram
• Recruiting Services Consensus Index Ranking: No. 4
• At age 18, Ingram – born on Sept. 2 – averaged 17.1 points, 6.8 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 1.1 steals and 1.3 blocks in 34 games playing 34.2 minutes per game.
• Ingram is the only sub-19-year-old player in the DraftExpress Database to average at least 20 points, two assists, eight rebounds, and 2.5 3-point makes per 40 minutes while shooting better than 40 percent from 3-point range.
• Ingram scored 25 points or more in seven of 34 games but never topped 30 points.

PHYSICAL PROFILE

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Durant

2006 Nike Hoop Summit (17.5 years old): 6-9 barefoot, no weight given, 7-4 wingspan, 9-1/2 standing reach.

Ingram

2015 Nike Hoop Summit (17.6 years old): 6-8 barefoot, 196 pounds, 7-3 wingspan, 9-1 1/2 standing reach.

More than 14 months later at the 2007 NBA predraft camp, Durant measured 6-10 1/4 in shoes with a 7-4 3/4 wingspan and 9-2 standing reach and weighed 210 pounds. According to the DraftExpress Database, Durant is the only non-traditional big man in the NBA with at least a 9-1 1/2 standing reach. Ingram will be the second. (There are no official measurements for Milwaukee's Giannis Antetokounmpo).

While still very slight, Durant was a hair stronger and taller than Ingram at the same age. Durant had more quickness and pop as a leaper as well.

THE SKILLS



Catch and Shoot

From a pure numbers standpoint, Ingram has the slight edge on Durant. He made more threes per 40 minutes while shooting a better percentage and produced more points per possession while taking 37 more catch-and-shoot jumpers.

In terms of mechanics and value as a catch-and-shoot player, Durant has the edge. It wasn't difficult to see Durant evolving into one of the best shooters in basketball. He had NBA range as an 18-year-old and was a more versatile shooter than Ingram with better skill coming off screens and dribble handoffs. Ingram certainly shows a lot of promise, but he doesn't quite display the same range, touch and shot-making ability that Durant did.



Isolation Scoring

Ingram flashed a lot of potential as a one-on-one shot creator, scoring 0.94 points per possession to Durant's 0.88 in isolation situations. Ingram's shooting stroke sets up the drive, and he has very advanced footwork for his level of development. Neither player was particularly efficient shooting off the dribble, but Durant was more advanced, regularly using hesitation pull-ups, crossovers and step-backs to create space.

Durant was also a little bit quicker off the bounce, playing with solid burst while shifting gears seamlessly. Ingram is often criticized for not being able to turn the corner in shot-creation situations, an issue that Durant also dealt with at times because of his size. As Ingram continues to mature physically, he should be able to keep his defender on his hip and stride all the way to the rim. Durant was as prolific of a one-on-one scorer as you'll see from an 18-year-old. Ingram certainly isn't as advanced as Durant was, but he has a nice foundation to build on.



Pick-and-Roll Play

This season Durant has used more pick-and-roll possessions than any other play type and ranks in the 90th percentile in points per possession. Yet as an 18-year-old freshman, pick-and-roll ballhandling made up only 3.1 percent of his offense, yielding 0.542 points per possession.

Statistically at least, Ingram is further ahead as a pick-and-roll player. He has room to improve his pull-up game and creativity attacking the rim (he only scored 0.716 points per possession out of ball screens), but Ingram can make a three if the defense goes under the screen, get into the mid-range if the guard fights over, and stride to the rim if he finds a seam. Maybe the most impressive part of his pick-and-roll game is his potential as a passer. He plays with great pace, can see over the top of the defense and handles defensive pressure well. Ingram may not have Durant's upside as a pick-and-roll player, but he's slightly more versatile operating off ball screens at the same level of development.



Finishing at the Rim

Both Ingram and Durant weren't great around the rim as freshmen because of their lack of strength. Durant is a better leaper off one foot and was able to drop in floaters from different angles. That's a shot Ingram doesn't have at this stage. Ingram is more of a two-feet jumper around the rim, gathering himself even when he has a straight line to the rim. On the positive side, Ingram doesn't shy away from contact even with his thin body. He has not reached his athletic potential and yet is very good with his left hand around the rim. He'll benefit from continuing to get craftier around the rim to make up for his lack of pop.



Post Game

Durant's post game was extremely polished for a freshman; Ingram didn't spend a whole lot of time on the block. Durant was lethal shooting turnarounds over either shoulder, as his high, often variable release point was nearly impossible to block. Durant also had a counter to his fall-away and could face up and attack from the mid-post as well. Ingram has impressive footwork and can make a turnaround over either shoulder, but he isn't on the same level as Durant as a post scorer.



Offensive approach

Durant and Ingram differ in their offensive approach. Durant was a mega-scorer who could and would score from anywhere on the court. Ingram is much more naturally unselfish. Durant had vision as a freshman and has developed into a tremendous passer, averaging 5.5 assists per 40 minutes this season. Ingram has shown flashes of taking over, but his passing and feel for the game might end up being almost as valuable as his scoring ability down the road.

All in all, Ingram isn't the same level of prospect that Durant was despite having many similarities. With that said, Ingram has come a long way over the past 18 months, and with his physical tools and foundational skill set, he is, in our view, the top prospect in the 2016 NBA draft.

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Brandon Ingram vs Brice Johnson Video Breakdown
February 18, 2016

Analyzing how Brandon Ingram and Brice Johnson fared in their head to head matchups in Duke's road win at North Carolina last night.

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While both Johnson and Ingram are primary offensive options for their teams, who spend most of their time at the power forward position, they are completely different players. Their coaches used very different strategies throughout the night to counter their strengths and weaknesses, and they weren't always guarding each other or involved in plays their counterpart made.

Johnson spent quite a bit more time defending Ingram than the other way around. We only looked at possessions where the two were directly matched up head to head.
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Brandon Ingram vs Louisville Video Breakdown
February 10, 2016

Brandon Ingram has gotten off to an outstanding start to the season, posting a very strong 20.6 points (53% 2P%, 41% 3P%), 8.2 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.9 blocks and 1.4 steals per-40 minutes. Considering he's more than a year younger than Ben Simmons, Ingram has shown he's a worthy candidate as the potential #1 pick in the draft this upcoming June.


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From an NBA scouting perspective, one of the most intriguing games Duke has played thus far was against Louisville on February 8th at Cameron Indoor in Durham. Louisville sports the #2 defense in all of college basketball according to KenPom, and had a variety of different types of defenders they could throw at Ingram to keep him off balance.

Ingram put both his strengths and weaknesses on full display there, scoring 18 points (3/4 2P, 2/5 3P, 6/8 FT) to go along with 10 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 turnovers in 40 minutes.

Via Mike Schmitz, here's an five minute video breakdown of some of the more notable things NBA scouts were able to see from Ingram in that game, both good and bad, on either end of the floor.

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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


Mike Schmitz Video Breakdown

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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.

This was far from a vintage performance, but Ingram still showed his significant talent, which is impressive considering how poor his boxscore line looks on paper.

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Top NBA Prospects in the ACC, Part 1: Brandon Ingram Scouting Video
October 7, 2015

Mike Schmitz kicks off our coverage of the top NBA prospects in the SEC with a video scouting report of the #1 prospect in the conference, Duke's Brandon Ingram.


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#1, Brandon Ingram, Freshman, Small Forward, Duke

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Mike Schmitz is the video analyst for DraftExpress. Follow him on twitter and check out his archive. He will be breaking down the NBA draft in digital format all year long for us.

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2015 Nike Hoop Summit Final Recap
April 11, 2015

Brandon Ingram – 12 PTS, 3 REBS, 1 STL, 5-for-6 FGs in 26 min

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.



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.

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2015 Nike Hoop Summit: USA Junior National Select Team Measurements
April 10, 2015

Brandon Ingram
Height (w/ shoes): 6-9.5
Height (w/o shoes): 6-8
Weight: 195.8
Wingspan: 7-3
Standing Reach: 9-1.5

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.

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2015 McDonald's Video Interview and Highlights: Brandon Ingram
April 2, 2015

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Video, Highlights, and Interview courtesy of 312 Media.

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2014 Elite 24 Interviews: Brandon Ingram
September 1, 2014

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