Iowa Getting to Know Ingram

The July evaluation period quickly is approaching. Players like 2012 Indianapolis guard Pat Ingram are hoping to impress and parlay it into more scholarship offers. Iowa is one of the schools looking at Ingram.

Patrick Ingram and Iowa Coach Fran McCaffery like each other. It's hard to say where the relationship will go from here, however.

"We talked a few weeks ago but really didn't talk much about a scholarship offer or anything like that," Ingram said. "We just talked more about life and he asked about my GPA and grades. He said he wanted to get to know me and he'd keep in touch.

"He asked me to go down there for a visit, but we haven't set anything up yet. It's been busy. He talks to my AAU coach a lot. I want to check it out."

Ingram, a 2012 guard from Indianapolis, reports scholarship offers from Ball State, Saint Louis, Ohio, Illinois State, Southern Illinois, Southern Illinois - Edwardsville, Northern Illinois, Eastern Illinois and Loyola-Chicago.

"I feel like recruiting is going really good," the 6-foot-2, 195-pound Ingram said. "I've gotten to talk to a lot of coaches. I feel like July is a really important month for me.

"I spent the spring working on the things the coaches wanted to see like shooting and ball handling. July will be my chance to showcase what I've been working on."

Iowa, Tennessee, Dayton, Wichita State, TCU and Providence are among the schools ready to evaluate Ingram during the July AAU period. He plays for the Eric Gordon All-Stars.

"I feel like I've improved my jump shot and dribbling," the North Central High product said. "I'm playing small forward in high school, but I'll have to play point guard or two guard in college."

Ingram is adept at getting to the rim.

"People know me as a slasher," he said. "I'm strong and can get to the basket easily. I'm only 6-2 but rebound really well for my size. I'm a slasher that gets to the basket and creates fouls."

Ingram also draws tough defensive assignments in the talented Indianapolis area.

"I usually guard the other team's best player like (Kentucky signee) Marcus Teague and Dee Davis of Bloomington South," Ingram said. "My athletic ability helps me beat people to the spot."

Ingram plans to choose his college by the end of July.


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