The end of July marks an end to the opening recruiting period across the nation. It also can be a bittersweet time for the high school seniors-to-be, who say goodbye to the AAU programs with whom they've grown up.
"It all went fast when you look back on it," said Patrick Ingram, a 2012 Shooting Guard from Indianapolis North Central High. His Eric Gordon All-Star Team won its final event in Fort Wayne on Sunday.
"It was nice to finish it off the right way. Now it's time for the next step."
That step includes at least two visits this coming week and a verbal commitment in mid-to-late August. The 6-foot-2, 195-pound jumping jack is expected to travel to Iowa on Thursday and Loyola of Chicago on Saturday.
"I'd also like to squeeze Saint Louis in there, too (this coming week)," Ingram said. "I want to visit my three (schools) and then make a decision within a few weeks after that."
Tennessee showed a lot of interest in Ingram, but he has settled on a final three. He talked about each:
Iowa - I know all of the coaches and I like how they play the game. When I was planning my visit, Coach (Fran McCaffery) said he would make sure I met all of the players and would get to know everybody that has anything to do with Iowa basketball. I like that a lot.
Loyola - They told me I can come in there and play right away. I really know the coach (Porter Moser) because he recruited me at Saint Louis. So, I have a good relationship with the head coach there instead of the assistant coach. That's always good. Basically, I have to see what they have to offer when I go on my visit.
Saint Louis - I know every one of the players on the team. They all know me because I've been down there so much. I have a good relationship with Coach (Rick) Majerus, the assistant coaches and the players. They've told me, too, that I can come in right away and play for them. I like that a lot, too.
Certain things rank high on Ingram's list when choosing a program.
"Basically, knowing that I'm going to come in and play," he said. "I want to have a good relationship with the coaches. It will be what's best for me and my family. They're a big part of it, too.
"If I feel like I can come in a play, that will be the biggest thing."
Ingram has grown up dreaming of a career in the Big Ten. He cautioned people not to read too much into that fact.
"It really doesn't matter because I don't want to get caught up in the big name schools," Ingram said. "A lot of times people do that and don't play. So, it really doesn't matter to me."