LONG BEACH, California -- It's been a breakout summer for 6-foot-8 small forward Brandon Ingram. After a strong showing at the adidas Unrivaled Camp in Chicago to start the July live evaluation period, the Class of 2015 wing continued his strong play to end the summer at adidas Nations in Long Beach.
"I think I had a great July. Started off good in Chicago and just carried on. Kind of got a new identity just being a killer on the court," Ingram said to TDD.
From the strong performances in Chicago -- where he went toe-to-toe with Jaylen Brown, the top small forward in the class of 2015 and outplayed him once and played him to a draw in the other game -- Ingram drew a lot of praise and it raised his confidence going into the rest of the summer.
"I think it gave me a new identity. I went on the court and did what I was supposed to do every time. Just getting out here, being that guy I was in Chicago and just playing my game," Ingram said.
So how did the previously somewhat-passive Ingram transform into a self-described killer? He credits talking things over with important people in his life like his Dad, grassroots coach Jerry Stackhouse and some of his teammates.
"I feel way more confident than I did during my spring. It's a couple talks that I had with my Dad and Jerry [Stackhouse] and my AAU team. Just being more aggressive and knowing that I can do it," Ingram said. "[They were] just saying that you have to get better on the floor. You have to be a guy that gets better on the court every time. If I'm highly ranked, I have to be that guy that goes hard on the floor every time."
The hard work for Ingram has paid off and he's become a priority recruit for many of the blueblood programs of college basketball. Ingram told TDD that he has a couple of visits set up, including an official visit to Duke in the near future.
"It's going pretty good. I have a couple of visits set up right now," Ingram said of the recruiting process. "An unofficial to UCLA and an official to Duke on the 7th through the 9th [of August]. So it's been pretty good."
Much has been made of Ingram joining on with new Duke commit Chase Jeter, who also played at adidas Nations, but Ingram downplayed having any favorites, despite a recent photo of the two that was posted on Twitter.
For his visit to Duke, Ingram is just looking forward to getting a better feel for how things work at the program. Seeing campus and everything that Duke has to offer is a priority for Ingram.
"I want to tour the campus and see the fans, of course. Just see how [the coaches] run things, the facilities and just get on campus," Ingram said of Duke.
No other visits are currently planned for Ingram, although he acknowledged that he would like to see Kansas and Kentucky at some point this fall. There is no current timeframe for any kind of commitments regarding Ingram's recruitment, but he would like to sign in the early period.
"October, November around the early signing stage. I want to make it around there," Ingram said.