Pitino trying to lure Ingram out of Carolina

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino and his staff have turned up the recruiting heat on Kinston, N.C., senior forward Brandon Ingram. Can the Cardinals lure Ingram out of Carolina?

Less than a month after telling Cardinal Authority that it's "not a certain" he will stay in-state for college, Kinston, N.C., four-star forward Brandon Ingram said the University of Louisville has turned up the heat on him.

The 6-foot-8, 190-pound Ingram said he heard from U of L coach Rick Pitino on Thursday and assistant coach Mike Balado has been "in contact a lot," in recent weeks.

"They stand pretty good with me," Ingram said. "They have come in even stronger on me now. They want me to come on a visit and talk to them and I think eventually, I will take one.

"I've developed great contact with them."

Ingram, ranked as the No. 26 prospect in the Class of 2015 by Scout.com, has offers from the in-state schools - North Carolina, Duke, North Carolina State and Wake Forest. He said U of L, Florida, Clemson and Kansas are the other schools showing the most interest.

"Louisville is way up there," he said. "(Having an offer from every in-state school) is great and it's an honor for me. But there's a good chance that I don't (stay in state). I don't have to stay in state for school. There's a lot to figure out before I make a decision."

But Ingram said he also on the other hand "wouldn't mind staying close to home" for college. His high school is an hour and 30 minutes away from Chapel Hill; an hour and 45 minutes from Durham; three hours from Winston-Salem and an hour from Raleigh.

"It's my home state," Ingram said. "It would be fun there but it's also not hard to get me out of there. We'll just have to wait and see."

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