Brandon Ingram ready to schedule visits

In-state prospect Brandon Ingram recently picked up a Duke offer, and he's continued to expand his game in the early part of the travel schedule calendar. So where do things stand with the four star prospect, and just what position does he play? We get the latest on both topics and much more.

Playing for Stackhouse Elite on the Adidas Nations summer tour, four star prospect Brandon Ingram says he's enjoying the chance to travel and compete against some of the best players in the country.

"It's been a great challenge so far," said Ingram. "The competition is at a very high level, and we play against some of the top individuals in the country…I don't know how that can get any better. We're able to compete against the caliber of players we will all see at the collegiate level, and that allows you to be really honest with yourself."

Honest?

"You really get to see where your strengths and weaknesses are. You can't get away with bad habits and things like that, and you come face to face with what you have to work on during your offseason."

With such an opportunity for self-reflection, has Ingram decided on the areas that he needs to focus on during his downtime?

"I feel like I'm becoming a knock-down shooter as someone who can get off of screens, and create their own shot. I've also been getting to the basket and finishing even with contact thanks to improved ball-handling. On defense I feel that I'm moving my feet well and anticipating the passing lanes."

"In terms of weaknesses, I know I have to continue to work to get bigger and faster to compensate for my lack of strength."

Despite the need to improve strength, Ingram sits as a high rated prospect, and one who may move up in the upcoming Scout.com class of 2015 rankings. Currently, he's rated as the nation's No. 40 ranked prospect overall and the No. 8 power forward. But…is he a power forward?

"I saw they ranked me as a power forward, but I see myself as a small forward or shooting guard. Most people have me ranked as a small forward though. Being a 6-foot-8 wing or guard isn't that rare, I mean look at last year with Andrew Wiggins. When you're that size and can play there it causes a lot of matchup problems, and I feel that I play the positions very well."

It seems as though a number of college coaches agree with that assertion. Currently Ingram boasts offers from Duke, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Wake Forest, Louisville, Clemson, Minnesota, VCU, and Virginia Tech. The Blue Devils were the most recent offer to materialize.

"Other than the Duke offer, no new offers have come. Duke came in and did an in-home visit and offered me during that visit. We had such a great conversation that night and they told me they loved my game. The coaches told me they projected me to play all over the court, as a player without a real position, and they say I can be someone special in that system."

For his part, Ingram has done his homework on the Blue Devil program - both in terms of what it offers and depth chart.

"You have to step back and evaluate things, and I've done a lot of that with them. They have four freshmen coming in this year, and besides big Jahlil it's likely that those guys will be there for a while. Then, of course, you have the new transfer center and Luke Kennard coming in too. I can see a fit there, and anywhere because of my versatility and skill level."

As far as progressing through the recruiting process, Ingram says he'll continue to research the various schools and programs before looking to narrow things down.

"I'm trying to get some visits scheduled with my summer schedule and camps. I haven't narrowed anything at this point though. By the end of the summer I see myself being somewhat wiser on all the issues, and I hope I'm a better player too. I see myself getting these official visits planned really soon though."

Before that happens, however, Ingram will continue to grind with Stackhouse Elite on the Nations summer circuit.

"I know I need to keep being aggressive and more noticeable with my game. I've noticed what I need to work on, and it's all mindset for me. When you know you have the ability to be ‘that guy' and you have the work ethic to improve your skills, that's a big part of what you need to be successful. I feel that I can play with anyone, and I want to prove it."

Ingram is described by Scout.com as a player with a set of very long arms. He can back off opposing offensive players but still contest or even block a jump shot. He also uses his length as an offensive rebounder and finisher inside. His handling and passing are solid and his jump shot capable (but streaky) to 22 feet.


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