Roy Williams Offers Ingram

Roy Williams offered Brandon Ingram, a 2015 standout at Kinston (N.C.) High, a scholarship on Tuesday evening.

"He just called me a few minutes ago," Ingram explained.

"He said he thinks I would be a good fit in their system and he wants me to be a Tar Heel and then he offered me a scholarship."

Ingram, a 6-foot-7 wing, has been on the UNC radar since contributing during his freshman season at Kinston.

The UNC staff first began evaluating Ingram last year. UNC assistant Steve Robinson watched two of Ingram's workouts at Kinston during the 2012 fall evaluation period. The Tar Heel head coach got his first glimpse of Ingram in action at the HighSchoolOT Invitational last December.

As a sophomore, Ingram averaged nearly 13 points per game and helped Kinston win its second straight state 2A championship.

He became a mainstay behind the UNC bench during the 2012-13 season, taking six unofficial trips to the Smith Center.

Ingram played on the spring and summer circuit this year with Stackhouse Elite. UNC's interest level reached new heights this past week, when it sent three coaches to watch him in Las Vegas at the Fab48 event.

"Coach Robinson was at a couple of my games," he said. "Coach (C.B.) McGrath was too and Roy Williams was at four of my games."

Ingram played some of his best basketball to date in those contests, so the Tar Heel offer followed.

"I'm excited," Ingram said about the offer. "I've been waiting a period of time for it."

What is Ingram's take on UNC?

"I think they have a great program," Ingram said. "They are legendary and great players came through here,"

Ingram goes to the same high school that produced former Tar Heel Reggie Bullock. He said that will play a role in his recruitment.

"It plays a lot," he said. "A lot of people around here are, of course, North Carolina fans. There will be a lot of people saying I should go to North Carolina."

Ingram said he grew up following UNC, but other schools as well.

"I kind of did," he said. "I enjoy watching a lot of teams though, I didn't have one set college team."

To go with the offer from North Carolina, Ingram also holds scholarship offers from VCU, Virginia Tech, North Carolina State, Wake Forest and Minnesota. He also has interest from Louisville, Florida, Tennessee, Butler and Clemson.

Although no dates are set, Ingram is looking to take some visits soon. Since he's made countless trips to Chapel Hill, he aims to check out some other programs for the first time.

"In August I'll probably have a lot of visits," he said. "I don't have a set date on any. I'll probably go to Clemson and Virginia Tech for football games.

"Maybe during basketball season I'll visit Louisville and get up to Georgetown and VCU."

At a long and lean 6-7, Ingram is an unconventional talent, in part because his skills are far ahead of physical development

"I get in the passing lanes, box out and block shots defensively," Ingram said of his game. "On offense, I'm a good spot up shooter and I like the mid-range game."


Inside Carolina's Rob Harrington watched Ingram last week - specifically games that Roy Williams was watching - and reported on the impressive showings.

"Ingram simply wouldn't stop growing. And thus the awkward stage that most players pass through in 9th grade, he still has suffered from it going into his junior season. Now I think he may have stopped (growing). He has added just a touch of muscle definition in his shoulders and arms.

"More functional from a basketball perspective, he also has gained athleticism. He's still not a guy I'd consider athletic per se, but no longer is he going to draw "smaller Kyle Anderson" comparisons on that basis.

"He's going to be a one-footed leaper, and he threw down a baseline dunk I'm convinced he couldn't have pulled off six months ago. He also made a drive down the middle and got that little extra bump in lift that he's never gotten previously, drawing a foul on the play.

"It's not that he's suddenly a slasher, but merely bringing his quickness and reactions up to par enables his skills and length to shine. He blocked a shot of a bigger man straight-up, and he also pulled down an offensive rebound in traffic against a tall frontline. That's all new stuff for him.

"And you can appreciate his skill so much more. He's a tremendous 6-7 dribbler who goes left or right, and he uses his long arms to throw those Jalen Rose hook passes on the move. And although I'd like for him to raise his shot release, he's always had good perimeter touch."

(Sherrell McMillan contributed to this report.)

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