Q&A: Brandon Ingram

TIGARD, Ore. -- Elite wing prospect Brandon Ingram is one of the top available prospects in the 2015 class. At the Nike Hoop Summit, Ingram talked to Scout about his recruitment and his plan going forward.

Where does your list stand right now? Have you been able to dwindle it down any further?
I have gotten down, but my favorites are Duke, North Carolina, Kansas and Kentucky. Those are my favorites right now.

North Carolina’s J.P. Tokoto announced he is going pro. Does that impact your recruitment in any way?
It affects me a little bit. Either way going in there, I knew I was going to work into a role where I could potentially start. I believe in coach Williams. I trust him through the scandal thing and everything. Whether he left or not I knew I’d be good.

At McDonald’s, you told a reporter that with out the investigation at UNC you would have already committed there. Can you expand on that?
In November I was looking at that school a lot. In the summer, Kansas, Kentucky and UCLA had come on. After those visits, I couldn’t go ahead and commit.

Where does Duke stack up in your recruitment?
They stack up good. I’m still looking at what guys are leaving from there and seeing if Tyus and I guess it depends on if Jahlil [Okafor] and Justise [Winslow] where they go, if he’ll stay or not.

Does Justise impact you one way or another, seeing that you all play a similar position?
Either way it’s a good fit. I talked to coach K and he was talking about him leaving, but he said if he doesn’t leave how scary it could be.

What sticks out to you about Kentucky?
Just how coach Calipari develops his guys. He develops those players to get to the next level after college basketball. He knows those kids and can help get them to the NBA.

Have they talked to you about all seven of their players going pro?
He has. I think he will come in for an in-home visit and we will talk more about it.

Do you know when that visit will be?
I don’t know. The only one that is set up right now for an in-home is North Carolina on the 22nd. Then Kansas will come after I leave Hoop Summit.

You mentioned Kansas as one of your favorites, as well. What sticks out about them?
Of course, I see Kelly Oubre is leaving so that leaves them open. I’ve talked to a couple of players from Kansas. I’m curious if Wayne Selden is going to leave or not and of course they need another big guy.

The four schools you said were your favorites all had guys impact players at your position last year. Have you been tracking that?
Of course. That’s been in my research. I just want to go in and make an impact right away.

Have you thought about a timeframe for making your choice?
I’m thinking about trying to make a decision by the end of the month. I want to sit my parents and my coaches.

Will you do in-home visits with your four favorites before you decide?
Yeah. I’d do an in-home with all six.

Do you expect that to happen?
I do.


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