Henson Signs Top Point Guard Elijah Ingram

A former McDonald's All-American point guard with a stained reputation will try to revive his career at New Mexico State. Elijah Ingram, who played at St. John's in New York for part of last season and led the Red Storm in scoring, Will to transfer to NMSU for the 2005-06 season

New Mexico State head men's basketball coach Lou Henson announced Thursday afternoon, the signing of point guard Elijah Ingram. Ingram transfers from Saint John's University, where he spent the last two seasons as the Red Storm's starting point guard.

"We are excited to have a player of Elijah Ingram's caliber coming to New Mexico State," Henson said. "Of course he will have to sit out this coming season, but when he returns he should be one of the top guards in the WAC. Elijah understands the game and makes the players around him better. I have talked with his mother and grandfather and he comes from an outstanding home. He was also an outstanding player in high school and anytime a player is coached by Bobby Hurley from St. Anthony's you know he is a solid player."

Ingram, a 5-foot-11 guard from Orange, N.J. was one of the Red Storm's leading scoring in 2003-04, averaging 13.2 points per game, while shooting 36 percent from the field. He played in 19 games for the Red Storm, starting 17 and lead them in scoring seven times during that stretch. During his freshman year, Ingram started 31 of 34 games at the point guard position. He averaged 10.5 points a contest, while dishing out 2.6 assists a game.

Ingram was a McDonald's All-American at the storied St. Anthony's High School in New Jersey under coach Bobby Hurley. He was named New Jersey State Player of the Year his junior season, while averaging 18 points, five assists and three steals. Elijah also helped lead the Friars to state championships in 2001 and 2002, as St. Anthony's finished the 2002 season ranked second in the country by USA Today.

"Elijah was a very good high school player for me at St. Anthony's and is one of a few kids that has ever started all four years," St. Anthony's head coach Bobby Hurley said. "He is a left handed point guard that can penetrate to the hoop and is very good on the break. He is also the type of player that can score 15 points or more a game. Elijah is a quite kid that is a good student and comes from a good family."

"Elijah is going to be a very good player for us. We will be very solid at the point guard position over the next few years, especially going into the WAC next year," associate head coach Tony Stubblefield said. "He has the ability to break defenses down and score as well as get other players easy looks at the basket."

Ingram will sit out the 2004-05 season due to the NCAA transfer rules

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