Brandon Ingram’s long recruiting process will come to an end on Monday afternoon when the five star small forward prospect makes his commitment during a 6:00 PM press conference at Kinston High School.
The announcement was first reported by Scout.com’s Nationa’ Recruiting Director, Evan Daniels via Twitter.
Brandon Ingram (http://t.co/iqM9H4nqNQ) will announce his college choice at 6:00 ET on Monday at Kinston High, per HS coach Perry Tyndall.— Evan Daniels (@EvanDaniels) April 24, 2015
On Sunday night Ingram confirmed the announcement himself.
Ingram is expected to choose from Duke, North Carolina, and Kansas. However, Ingram also has Kentucky, UCLA, and North Carolina State on his final list.
The roster of high major programs pursuing Ingram should come as no surprise as over the past month the 6-foot-8 wing has strung together a number of big time performances against elite competition. Most notable was the performance at the annual McDonald’s All American game in Chicago as witnessed by the Scout.com team.
“No player in Chicago has improved his stock this week more than Ingram,” wrote Daniels following the week in the Windy City. “A 6-foot-9 small forward with long arms and ball skills, Ingram’s ability to create his own shot at his size and position is highly impressive and quickly improving. He’s a no-brainer elite prospect and now has to be considered one of the very top players in the class.”
Currently Ingram is rated as the No. 13 overall prospect in the class, but is expected to finish much higher when the final Scout.com rankings are released.
Should Duke indeed be the choice on Monday, it would mark a complete roster transformation for the defending national champions. Assuming Ingram committed, Duke would have added three recruits in the past two weeks including the best high school point guard in country - recently reclassified Derryck Thornton, Jr, perhaps the nation’s most improved high major prospect in Ingram, and three star center Antonio Vrankovic.
Those three additions would be added to early period commits Luke Kennard and Chase Jeter - both considered to be five star prospects - and would give Duke one of the top two recruiting classes in the country along with Kentucky.
More importantly, the Blue Devil coaching staff will have moved the roster from a potential seven scholarship players to a full compliment of 10 that would include seven former McDonald’s All-Americans. Those seven do not include Thornton who would have certainly been invited to the 2016 game as the nation’s top rated point guard in the current junior class.