Kinston, N.C., four-star forward Brandon Ingram said he knows there are people who believe it will be tough for a school to get him out of the state of North Carolina.
But that doesn't mean the University of Louisville - and other schools - are not trying to land the standout.
The 6-foot-8, 190-pound Ingram said he's "not set" on staying in-state and noted the Cardinals are coming after him "real hard." He said he would narrow his list of schools to six at some point in June.
Ingram lists Duke, Louisville, Kansas, Kentucky, Clemson, North Carolina State, Carolina, Florida, Wake Forest and Virginia Commonwealth among the schools in the mix now.
"It's been pretty good," he said. "I've just been listening to what the coaches are saying about their schools and watching their style of play. I'm just taking it all in right now."
U of L started showing interest in Ingram last spring. Ingram said he was recruited by then assistant coach Kevin Keatts and was offered over the winter by U of L. Since Keatts left for the head coaching position at UNC-Wilmington, Ingram said he's been "talking a lot to coach Pitino and Mike Balado. I really like them a lot."
"They saw me in Dallas and said they liked how I play," Ingram said. "They're recruiting me hard. So I like that."
Ingram said he wasn't sure what schools - beyond UNC and Duke - would make his list of six schools when he narrows the list.
"It's kind of obvious that North Carolina and Duke are going to make my top six list," he said. "I don't know about anyone else. I just have to do my research. I'm doing a lot of researched and I watched a lot of schools for the style."
Ingram said he has watched the progression of North Carolina native Montrezl Harrell at Louisville and says that "tells me coach Pitino is a really good coach and he pushes them."
"I've heard good things about coach Pitino and how he's into every practice," he said. "Not every coach is there for every practice. But I hear all kind of good things about him.
"They tell me the style at Louisville will be a great fit for me. So, I'm listening a lot."
Ingram said there will be a few factors in his final decision and while UNC and Duke appear to be his favorites, he said that won't matter.
"It's the home state but it's not very difficult to get me out of there," Ingram said. "It doesn't matter the distance to me as long as I go has to be the right fit."