CHICAGO -- Brandon Ingram and Perry Dozier were among the top standouts on the West team at the McDonald's All-American practices.
Ingram stands above all
Through the first session of McDonald’s practice, no one stood out more than Brandon Ingram
Not only has Ingram grown to 6-foot-9, but he’s starting to play the game with a significant amount of confidence. Going up against the nation’s top players, Ingram not only competed, but was easily the most productive player of the day.
With his size, wide shoulders, lengthy arms, mobility and athleticism, Ingram has always been a guy that had upside. But now he’s starting to put it all together.
Ingram’s jump shot is turning into a major weapon. He hit more than 12 jumpers during scrimmages on Monday, including four three-pointers. The majority of the others were mid-range pull-ups.
“I have confidence in my shot,” Ingram said after practice. “I was knocking it down and I just kept on shooting.”
Ingram’s senior season was a good one, as he led Kinston (N.C.) High to a state title. He said his strong play led to what happened on the court today.
Dozier stands out in Monday practice
landed an important commitment when local point guard Perry Dozier
decided to stay home and play for the Gamecocks.
Dozier, 6-foot-6 and 185 pounds from Columbia (S.C.) Spring Valley, is Scout’s 43rd ranked prospect in the 2015 class, but if the way he played on Monday was any indication, he’s definitely in line for a bump up.
There aren’t many players in the class with Dozier’s versatility on offense. His handle and vision make you ultimately like him on the ball, but he’s also a very good shooter who can create his own shot, which means he can play the two and three as well.
Dozier has always been an unselfish player who has a nice balance of scoring and creating and Monday was no different. His passing ability is very impressive given his other tools.
Defensively, Dozier will be better suited guarding off the ball, but could defend some point guards. Either way, he’s a very talented kid who continues to make strides in his game.
, PF – The post feeds weren’t always there, but when Rabb received the ball, he made the most of it. He played hard, showed nice footwork in the paint, scored with both hands, rebounded and made plays from the high and low post. One of the nation’s top prospects did nothing to discredit his reputation on Monday.
, SG – One of the nation’s top scorers, Newman’s pull-up jumper is tough to stop when he gets going. He’s strong, has ball skills and can create his own shot whenever he wants. Newman’s shot creating and making ability is amongst the top in 2015. Even though he can play on the ball – and he did at times on Monday – it’s his scoring ability that makes you areally appreciate him.
, C – Swanigan typically impacts the game with his ability to rebound and make plays around the rim. The 6-foot-9 big man did just that on Monday. He’s strong and physical, which helps him since he was somewhat undersized in the post against guys like Rabb, Zimmerman and Jeter. Swanigan has good hands, stick-to-itiveness and is aggressive in the paint.
, C – The Duke
bound big man had some bright moments on day one. For his size, Jeter has good hands, mobility and scoring touch. Jeter finished off some plays close to the rim and competed on both ends of the floor. He didn’t get a ton of post touches, but when he did had good success.