Ingram Coming To Late Night

Brandon Ingram sat behind the North Carolina bench during its final regular-season game of the 2012-13 season. He'll be in the same spot when the 2013-14 campaign gets underway.

Ingram, the state's top-ranked player in the class of 2015, will make his eighth visit to UNC in the last 12 months for "Late Night With Roy" on Oct. 25.

He'll also attend N.C. State's event on Oct. 18 and Wake Forest's on Oct. 19.

Many coaches have been through the Kinston High School doors during this fall evaluation period. Virginia Tech, VCU, Louisville, N.C. State, Wake Forest and North Carolina have made the trip to see Ingram.

"It's been pretty cool, but pretty busy," Ingram said. "I've had a busy schedule but it's been fun. I take it seriously. Every time a coach comes in here, it's like a college tryout to me. We're just trying to go hard every day like they're not even there."

Carolina visited on Sept. 12, as Roy Williams and assistant Steve Robinson were in attendance (see photo at right).

"We had a pretty good meeting," Ingram explained. "They like me a lot. They said if I get any taller the sky is the limit and that I can play like any position on the floor. I have a great feeling that they really want me to play for them."

Ingram said UNC views him as a "wing player or perimeter player."

"They just told me they like my game, to play my game and everything else will be fine," he said.

After a strong July, which saw the lanky 6-foot-8 forward impress in front of Williams multiple times at a Las Vegas event, the Tar Heels offered Ingram a scholarship. Recruiting the best players in North Carolina is something Williams has long vowed to do -- and there is a consensus so far that Ingram is the best in 2015.

The Tar Heels have signed or received a verbal commitment from the state's top player each of the last two years (Isaiah Hicks and Theo Pinson).

With lots of Carolina fans in his hometown, seven visits to Chapel Hill in the last year and the success of one of his mentors, Reggie Bullock, many assumed Ingram would commit to UNC shortly after receiving an offer.

He didn't, and doesn't have plans to any time soon. A commitment won't likely come until next summer.

"Right now, I have no leaders," he said. "I'm just looking to play around good players and just fit in with a good team. I think some of my recruiting has slowed down just because of the recruiting of Kinston players to North Carolina. I'm just looking at all my options; I'm not going by what everyone else did."

Ingram's last visit to Chapel Hill was during the Tar Heels' football game against ECU. While there he also watched UNC's second hoops practice of the season.

"The transition from high school to college is a big transition," he said. "The whole practice they were just going real hard. The physical play from high school to college is like young people playing against grown men."

J.P. Tokoto, Leslie McDonald and P.J. Hairston, North Carolina's wings, drew most of Ingram's attention during the practice.

"I like to see what they're doing so I can use some of it," he said. "Plus, I can see how I might fit into their system."

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