Ingram Hosts Roy Williams

KINSTON, N.C. --- North Carolina coach Roy Williams came to Kinston last week for an in-home visit with Brandon Ingram.

Williams has visited the 6-8 prospect — who is the state's top-ranked junior — more times than any other member in the Class of 2015.

Ingram, who helped the Vikings win their third consecutive 2-A state championship this season, said the interaction with Williams was a positive one and the coach spoke highly of him.

"He told me how much (Carolina) is making me a priority and how they love seeing me play," Ingram said.

Ingram said the Tar Heels have been prioritizing him but haven't hassled him about a commitment.

"They're not pressuring me," Ingram said. "They're telling me they want me to play for Carolina and they're waiting on my decision."

Brandon's father, Donald Ingram, said the coach's visit was more to the point as far as where Williams stood and how Brandon would fit into the program.

"Coach Williams explained the recruiting process, along with Brandon's upside and potential," the elder Ingram said. "He said Brandon would be an immediate asset to the team coming in as long as he worked hard and continued to develop. He could possibly grow more before college, and Carolina wants him at the wing position. If he grows a little taller — maybe 6-10 or 7-0 — they would recruit him for another position."

His father also said Williams gave him assurances about the Tar Heels providing a winning and educational atmosphere for his son.

"Coach Williams explained the practice season, potential outlook and change with P.J. (Hairston) not being there, not having Reggie (Bullock) and (Leslie) McDonald being suspended for the beginning of the season and the readjustments he made," Donald said. "He also told me Brandon would be a part of the Carolina family and academics come first. They would be there to guide him through whatever he needs and explained that once he became a Carolina basketball player, he could always come back and be recognized."

Brandon said he plans on participating in a full slate of AAU tournaments over the spring and summer with the Stackhouse Elite program. He even missed Kinston High's prom this past weekend.

"I went to Atlanta to play in the Norman Parker Showcase at the Suwanee Academy," said Ingram, who took home MVP honors from the event.

As for the rumors in his hometown about Ingram transferring to national high school power Oak Hill Academy over attempting to lead Kinston to a fourth straight championship, he said they aren't true.

"I'll definitely be back at Kinston next year," Ingram said.

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