Five questions: Hoops target Brandon Ingram

A new feature at Cardinal Authority will be sitting down with recruiting prospects for a Q&A session. Here we sit down with 2015 basketball target Brandon Ingram of Kinston, N.C.

Ranked as the No. 40 prospect in the Class of 2015, Brandon Ingram lists Duke, Louisville, Kansas, Kentucky, Clemson, North Carolina State, Carolina, Florida, Wake Forest and Virginia Commonwealth among the schools in the mix now.

The 6-foot-8 Ingram plays for Jerry Stackhouse Elite this offseason and sat down with Cardinal Authority for five questions about his game:

Cardinal Authority: You've grown a ton since last spring. How much have you grown and how has that changed your game?

Ingram: "I grew about two or three inches. It's given me a lot of confidence, knowing that I can play against the top players and hang with these guys. Something that was harder was just finishing with contact. I had to have my mid-ranged jumper get better.

CA: So was that the biggest growth spurt you had since last summer?

Ingram: "Actually, I think I grew two inches or so each summer. I went from 6-2 as a freshman to 6-4, 6-6 and now 6-8. I still think there's still a little more (growing) to do."

CA: Any players you model your game after in the NBA or college?

Ingram: "In the NBA, I watch a lot of Kevin Durant and Kyle Anderson at the college level. As tall as I am, I actually grew up as a point guard. Watching (Anderson), push the ball up the floor and shoot over defenders. I can see myself doing that and I like watching him."

CA: So how is the recruitment going? Any plans for visit?

Ingram: "I've been watching all the schools close and just taking it all in. I will narrow my list to six around June and then go from there. I'm doing a lot of research."

CA: What is your relationship with coach (Rick) Pitino and what's his pitch?

Ingram: "There's no pressure on me to stay in state, those are all great teams. (Pitino) tells me to look at their style of play and see how they get up and down the floor and see how my game translates. He thinks I would fit into their system really well."

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