Ingram Setting Timeline

INDIANAPOLIS -- Brandon Ingram is playing with increasing confidence, and the results are evident in his production.

"It's actually been pretty good," said the rising senior forward from Kinston (N.C.). "Gotten to show my talent a lot and I've grown a lot since last spring. So I'm confident going to the basket."

Ingram said he was 6-6 last summer but has now grown to 6-8.

"It's benefitted me a lot because it's made me more confident," Ingram said of his growth spurt. "Being a top player, I know that I can play with these guys (now). Just finishing through contact, my mid-range jumper has gotten a lot better and my defense and working on my feet and my lateral speed to get quicker."

Now he needs his weight to catch up, as he said he weighs 175 pounds at the moment.

Recruiting interest has also grown over the last few months for Ingram and he gave a list of schools that he was hearing from the most.

"Coming at me the hardest is Duke, Louisville, Kansas, Kentucky, Clemson, N.C. State, North Carolina, Wake Forest and Florida," Ingram said.

So far, Ingram is enjoying the recruiting process as he gets to know all of the schools involved.

"It's been pretty good. Just hearing what the coaches have to say about their school and when they're coming on TV, just to watch for their style of play and everything else," Ingram said.

Although he's hearing from plenty of the best schools in the country, Ingram has set a timeframe to start to narrow things down.

"First, I'm going to narrow my list to a top six and then I'll do visits around June," Ingram said.

When asked if he had any schools on his current list that would definitely be in his top six, Ingram spoke highly of two in-state programs.

"Well, it's kind of obvious that North Carolina and Duke are going to make my top six. I don't know about anyone else, I just have to do my research first," Ingram said.

Although Carolina and Duke are currently on his yet-to-be-official final list, Ingram acknowledged that location was not a factor in his recruitment.

"It's the home state, but it's not very difficult (to get me away from home)," Ingram said. "It doesn't matter the distance I go, just that it's the right team and the right fit."

So what will matter to Ingram in terms of a future program?

"Just the players that I play around, just knowing I can play with the guys (they have)," Ingram said. "I've seen a lot of guys on the AAU circuit last year and this year and I know the guys that I can play with."

With having good players around him being a key factor, Ingram already knows some of the players currently on North Carolina's roster.

"My visit I got to hang out with Kennedy Meeks, Marcus Paige and Brice Johnson," Ingram said. "I got to see them workout, watched their practice before they played against Clemson, so it was very fun."

One of the things Ingram likes about the Tar Heels is the family atmosphere around the program.

"It's just the family that they have and the history. They go each year and they don't have a bad team," Ingram said. "North Carolina lost P.J. Hairston and they still did great. They have a good coaching staff that knows what to do with their guys.

"They're just a Tar Heel family. There could be a new guy that just came in and they treat him like a veteran. So it's just about the family and how well they play and coach has no favoritism for any guy, he's just going to push them all as hard as he can."

Speaking of the coaching staff, Ingram usually speaks with Roy Williams and also mentioned his tight relationship with assistant coach Steve Robinson.

"(I usually speak to) Roy Williams and Steve Robinson," Ingram said. "(Me and) Steve Robinson, we have a great relationship. We talk a lot and we almost talk on a daily basis. We have a great relationship and we joke around a lot. He's a very down to earth guy."

This summer, Ingram has some camp invitations on the table and he'll figure out which camps he is attending in the coming weeks.

"This summer I'm looking at the LeBron James Camp, the Kevin Durant Camp, the NBA Top 100, and there might be a few more. The adidas Euro camp in Italy (as well).

Ingram said he likes to watch a couple of different players and is mostly drawn to Durant and former UCLA wing Kyle Anderson. He enjoys watching Anderson play because he's a primary ball handler with tremendous size.

"As tall as I am, I actually grew up playing the point guard," Ingram said. "So it's throwing the ball up the floor, seeing the floor well and having a good IQ and passing skills. Shooting jumpers over smaller defenders and things like that."

Ingram has helped lead Stackhouse Elite to an 8-2 start in the adidas Gauntlet so far this spring.

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