Five-star Ingram commits to Duke

Brandon Ingram, one of the top available prospects in the country, committed 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.

Experts Take

Josh Gershon: “There are few players nationally, regardless of class who are improving at the rate of Brandon Ingram. His size and length for the small forward position are elite and he's becoming a guy who is starting to really come into his own as a player.

“He can create his own shot due to his ball skills and footwork and has really improved his consistency as a shooter. As he gets stronger he has the chance to be a big time player if he continues to improve at the same rate.”

Brian Snow: “Ingram is a very talented player who keeps on improving. His length on the wing combined with his ability to make shots makes him such a tough matchup, and then on defense he can bother most small forwards as well. His improvement has been huge, and as he continues to get stronger he should only get more athletic and better on both ends of the floor. In terms of upside, very few have more in the country than Ingram.”

Rob Harrington: Ingram's development arc has been stupendous and also somewhat sudden. Formerly a stringbean 'tweener with as many questions as answers, he's now a stringbean wing forward with polished scoring ability and the potential to become a one-and-done, high lottery pick.

“He possesses abnormal length for a wing, even by NBA standards, and as such he'll always be able to get his shot and create for others. As he gains muscle he should become more effective as a rebounder and defender, and down the road he could be remembered as one of the very best players to emerge from the Class of 2015.”

Evan Daniels: No player showed more improvement during his senior season that Brandon Ingram. He may currently be ranked No. 13, but he will move into Scout’s top 5 when the final 2015 rankings are updated. At 6-9, Ingram is long, mobile, athletic and gifted on the offensive end. He has a pure looking stroke and he’s become a very good shooter from mid-range and he continues to gain consistency shooter from three. He was the top performer at the McDonald’s All-American festivities and looked terrific at the Nike Hoop Summit as well.



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