“We are real excited to have Dazon Ingram join our Crimson Tide family,” Alabama Coach Avery Johnson said. “I just want to thank Dazon and his family for having the confidence in me and my staff that he will be in good hands as a student-athlete at The University of Alabama.”
Ingram joins fellow signees Brandon Austin and Dontá Hall as members of the 2015 signing class. Both Austin and Hall signed their NLI’s during the early signing period.
Ingram originally signed scholarship papers to attend Alabama during the early signing period. However, after the news of Anthony Grant’s firing, Ingram was able to de-commit and re-open his recruiting. Johnson said it was a team effort to be able re-recruit Ingram to sign an NLI with the Tide, which also marked his first signee as Alabama’s head men’s basketball coach.
“We spent a lot of time with him and his family and basically I had to start all over with him,” Johnson said. “Coach (Antoine) Pettway did a great job in keeping connected. We had to lay out our vision on how we see him and that he is going to be a great asset to our program.”
Ingram is the first Mr. Basketball award winner to sign with the Tide since Trevor Lacey earned the honor in 2011. In his senior season, Ingram averaged 21 points, 11 rebounds and five assists on his way to earning the state’s highest prep distinction. He recorded 19 double-doubles and two triple-doubles while leading his team to a 28-5 overall record and a semifinal appearance in the state tournament.
Ingram, who was also named the Class 7A Player of the Year by the Alabama Sports Writers Association, is a two-time Coastal Alabama Player of the Year according to the Mobile Press Register and was twice named as a first team All-Region and first team All-State performer. Most recently, Ingram was named the Alabama/Mississippi All-Star Classic MVP after recording 12 points and four assists in a 101-88 win for Alabama.
As a junior, Ingram averaged 20 points, 10 rebounds and six assists per game for head coach Phillip Roebling at Theodore High School, as the Bobcats finished with a 25-4 overall record in 2014.
“He plays the point for me and his court vision is just amazing,” Roebling said. “He is very unselfish and it's amazing the things he sees on the court. He's a fantastic rebounder, both offensive and defensively. Dazon just makes everyone around him better. He is the type of player that makes teammates better, and I am confident he will do the same thing at Alabama."
Ingram, along with Alabama women’s basketball signee and Miss Basketball honoree Shaquera Wade (Huntsville, Ala./Huntsville HS) gives the Crimson Tide the state’s top men’s and women’s high school player.
The addition of Ingram leaves the Crimson Tide with three available scholarship players for next season.