2015 Intro: Brandon Ingram

The comparisons are natural. A 6-foot-6, lanky, rising sophomore from Kinston High School with a deadly outside jumper. In 2007, it was Reggie Bullock. In 2012, it's Brandon Ingram.

"There are definitely some similarities there," Kinston head coach Perry Tyndall said. "Reggie played in the state title game as a freshman and ended up having 10 points. Brandon played on our state title team as a freshman last year and went 8-for-8 from the free throw line. More than anything they're two guys who are willing to put in the work."

Ingram, a 160-pound class of 2015 wing, lists versatility, long-range shooting and ball-handling among his attributes.

"I like to run point in pressure situations," said Ingram. "But, I'm definitely a wing. I can shoot, create my own shot and am getting better at driving to the basket."

Besides hard work and what Tyndall calls his "gym rat" status, Ingram has heredity on his side.

"He comes from a great pedigree," Tyndall said. "His father, Donald Ingram, was a great player back in his day. His brother, Bo Ingram gained all kinds of accolades and finished up at UT-Arlington. They both can really shoot it."

During the summer, Ingram plays with both the Jerry Stackhouse Elite and Anthony Atkinson All-Star AAU teams. In addition to Dave Telep's Carolina Challenge, Ingram has participated in tournaments and camps in Boston, Maryland, Virginia and North Carolina.

"He's off the chart," said Anthony Atkinson Sr. "He's averaging about 25 points per game for us this summer. He's played some point guard, shooting guard and forward. He's a tremendous athlete and can impact the game in a variety of ways."

Ingram said he is getting attention from schools all across the country.

"They can't call me yet, but I've heard from a lot of schools," he said. "Georgetown, Clemson, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, North Carolina, DePaul, N.C. State, George Mason and Oregon State. I didn't grow up rooting for a particular school, I just wanted to get a Division I scholarship."

While he hasn't yet taken an unofficial visit to UNC, Ingran said he "surely will." He said he wants to major in Computer Science.

"I like their (uptempo) style of basketball, their education and their athletics," he said of the Tar Heels.

In the last year, Ingram has been to games at Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech and North Carolina State. Though he hasn't visited, Ingram said Georgetown has been contacting his coaches a lot and is "all over it."

Still three years from enrolling at the college of his choice, Atkinson and Tyndall agree that Ingram will likely have a big impact wherever he goes.

"He's a top person and student athlete," said Atkinson. "He's an academic guru and a super nice young man. If you're around him, you'll see how humble he is. The first thing he told me about four years ago was that he wanted to be as good as brother. Guess what? He's going to be better than his brother, he is something to behold."

"Brandon is very capable of being a big-time player," Tyndall explained. "He's willing to work and he puts in time… he's definitely on the road to becoming the next great player out of Kinston."

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