Fran McCaffery is wasting little time attempting to fill the scholarship vacated earlier this week by Anthony Hubbard. The Iowa Coach handed out a second known offer to a Class of 2012 wing in the last three days.
Indianapolis North Central product Patrick Ingram was extended an opportunity by the Hawkeyes on Saturday. Two days earlier, West Des Moines Valley's Kale Abrahamson picked up an Iowa offer. That was the same day the program announced that Hubbard, a '11 JUCO transfer, was leaving the program.
"I talked with Coach McCaffery (Saturday)," the 6-foot-2, 195-pound Ingram said. "He said he didn't even know who I was until he saw me at against Pike in the regionals (last winter). He also sent some of his assistants to see me at the Adidas Invitational (earlier this month). He just told me that he was giving me a full-ride scholarship there.
"He said he liked my whole game. He likes how I can score and defend."
"(The Iowa offer) impacts my recruitment a lot because I feel like I can play in the Big Ten," Ingram said. "I was going to decide at the end of July, buy I think I'm going to push it back to mid August so I can visit my Top 5 schools just to compare."
Ingram is hoping for at least one more offer - Tennessee.
"I don't want to rush into committing before they offer me," Ingram said. "They were at the top of my list with Iowa and then Loyola, St. Louis and Northern Illinois."
Ingram has visited Tennessee, Loyola and St. Louis. He has planned trips to Iowa and Northern Illinois during the first week of August.
"(The Volunteers) told me they were close to offering," Ingram said. "They just said they wanted to see me a few more times in Vegas and Merriville (IN) (AAU Tournaments). I was supposed to send my transcript. After I sent my transcript, they said we were going go from there and they were going to offer."
So, if Tennessee offers, would the Vols and Iowa be Ingram's Top 2?
"I don't know," he said. "I mean, I'm not trying to get caught up in the hype of the big name schools. I want to weigh the options of the other schools, too."
Ingram runs with the Eric Gordon All-Stars AAU program and reports on his play this month have been positive.
Scout.com's Brian Snow filed these thoughts on Ingram earlier this month after seeing him at the Adidas Invitational in Indianapolis:
A very athletic wing, Ingram finished above the rim on ally-oops and overall brought energy and a sense of toughness to the court. Ingram isn't a great outside shooter by any stretch, but he has all the intangibles and no doubt will make an impact at the mid-level going forward.
"From what I'm hearing, I think I've been playing good," Ingram said. "I've been working in my jump shot and it's improved.
You can read a story I did on Ingram last month for background.