A native of Kinston, North Carolina, Ingram had a stellar prep career for Kinston High School. The 6-foot-5 wing averaged 16.5 points and nearly 10 rebounds a game as senior, leading his school to its first title in 43 years. For his efforts, he was named AP men's basketball co-player of the year with Wake Forest signee Ty Walker.
"I feel like I had a great career at Kinston," said Ingram. "I thought I always played well, but I felt like I didn't get a lot of attention. I know I didn't from the colleges."
Despite the accolades, Ingram landed very few high-major scholarship offers and believed he could play on that level. Academics also played a role in his decision to not ink with a program, instead electing to enroll at South Plains College, a junior college based in Levelland, Texas.
"I went to junior college because of a couple of things," said Ingram. "I didn't get my SAT scores, and I only had a small variety of schools to choose from.
"I was hearing from Clemson, UNC-W, Charlotte, [NC] State, and ECU, but my SAT scores hurt me. I chose to go to junior college so I could increase my exposure and I could get more offers. I think that was a good choice for me to go the junior college route because I played well and have heard from a lot of colleges."
As a freshman at South Plains, Ingram played in 30 games (17 starts) and averaged 9.7 points and 4.4 rebounds per game. Loaded with several players looking to land scholarship offers, South Plains had eight players average double-digit minutes, and Ingram produced his numbers while playing roughly 17 minutes a night.
"I had a good year and made plays when I was in the game," he said. "I did some scoring and a lot of times I guarded the other team's best player. I think I'll have an even bigger role as a sophomore.
"I feel pretty good because now I'll have a leadership role, and coaches will see how I can lead and carry a team. I will be able to take our team to another level, and four-year schools will see that I can help them."
Ingram is already hearing from schools such as NC State, Charlotte, Texas Tech, ECU, and Central Michigan. He remains in contact with Wolfpack assistant coach Pete Strickland.
"Those are the main ones I'm hearing from," said Ingram. "I talk with NC State and coach Strickland a lot though. I call and talk to him about every week if I can. He just tells me to keep working hard in the classroom, and he wants to see me soon. I haven't talked much with coach Lowe... I think he's been busy."
According to Ingram, NC State has extended a scholarship offer but it sounds like the offer has some conditions attached with it.
"State has already offered me a scholarship," he said. "The coaches said all I have to do is maintain a 3.5 GPA so I can sign before our season starts this year. I haven't committed to them yet though. I'm just waiting to see who else is going to come and offer me before I decide. Right now I still have my options open."
Ingram was pleased when NC State offered because he admits that he is a big fan of the school.
"I've always been a State fan," he said. "I can't even remember how far back. I remember my mom started buying me everything with NC State on it when I was little so I started liking the color and admiring the Wolfpack logo.
"Getting that offer felt pretty good because I didn't think they would offer me a scholarship... I thought they had lost track of me."
The talented wing is currently playing in the Greater NC Pro-Am League.
"I've been playing well," he said. "I start and play about the whole game. I play with Ed Davis, Ryan Kelly, Jerry Stackhouse, Reggie Bullock, and Lance Thomas. I think I've scored in double figures every game."
Ingram hopes to make a decision this fall so he can sign in November.
"I would like to be locked into a school before my season starts back so I can already know where I'm going."