Five-star Ingram commits to Duke
First a national title. Then five-star guard Derryck Thornton. Now Duke has added another one of the nation’s premier prospects. On Monday, Brandon Ingram, a five-star wing, informed Scout that he committed to Mike Krzyzewski and Duke. “I think it’s a good fit for me,” Ingram told Scout. “Coach K came into my house and I really had a good feel for him. I had my trust in him. He drew up some things for me. He wants to bring out the best potential in me.” To go with Duke, Ingram took college visits to Kansas, Kentucky, North Carolina, North Carolina State and UCLA. He met with all but UCLA for in-home visits last week. “I think right at the end, I was juggling Kansas and Duke at one point,” Ingram said. “I was thinking back to Ben McLemore and Andrew Wiggins and Kelly Oubre.” “I was looking at that and then North Carolina,” he added. “Duke just came on top at the end. Talking to coach K and developing a relationship with coach [Jeff] Capel. They told me how great I can be and how unique my game is.” Capel, who has been an assistant at Duke since 2011, was the point man on Ingram’s recruitment. “Me and coach Capel talk everyday,” Ingram said. “We’ve grown close. We don’t only talk about basketball. We talk about things that are going on in my world. All the coaches are very caring.” Duke did an in-home visit a week and a half ago. Then met with him again the day after they picked up a commitment from Thornton. Ingram said that pledge factored into his decision-making. “Actually I talked to him a few times,” he said. “It did factor into my decision because of the point guard situation. I’m not sure if I would have consider them as highly with out a point guard.” Ingram is one of the most improved prospects in the country. Although he’s currently ranked No. 13 overall in the 2015 class, he will jump into the national top five when the final 2015 rankings are released. At 6-foot-9, Ingram has a lengthy set of arms, good athleticism and a jump shot that continues to improve. “I see myself just impacting the program as soon as I get there by running the floor, with spot shooting and then they’ll help me improve as a defender,” Ingram told Scout. With the Ingram pledge and commitments from Thornton, Chase Jeter, Luke Kennard and Antonio Vrankovic, Duke now has the nation’s top recruiting class.