The Los Angeles Lakers selected Duke forward Brandon Ingram with the No. 2 pick in the 2016 NBA Draft on Thursday evening. Ingram becomes the 10th Top 3 draft pick the Blue Devils have produced since 1989 - the most of any program.
With Ingram going in the lottery, Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski has now produced 21 lottery picks in his tenure. Coach K released a statement shortly after the Lakers made it official.
“The Los Angeles Lakers are getting both a great player and a great person in Brandon Ingram,” said Krzyzewski. “Brandon was a special player this year at Duke, and his best basketball is still ahead of him. I have absolutely loved coaching Brandon because he is a no-maintenance player who loves and respects the game. He is also a creative and thoughtful young man who comes from a beautiful family. I’m excited to watch his promising career with the Lakers get under way. Brandon will continue to get better and better. I’m proud that he’ll always be a member of the Duke basketball family.”
As for the Lakers, the franchise has already begun the hype for Ingram.