Ingram Comes Out Swinging

CHICAGO – An aggressive and confident Brandon Ingram took the Adidas Unrivaled camp by storm on the event’s opening day.

“I think I’ve been playing great,” said Ingram after his second strong performance of the day. “I think it’s a lot to do with confidence and knowing what I can do and the advantage I have over certain players.”

After a somewhat lackluster showing at the NBPA Top 100 Camp in June, it didn’t take long for Ingram to announce his presence in Chicago. On his first touch, Ingram isolated his defender on the left wing and used a hesitation dribble to get to the basket for a lay-up. He soon added a mid-range jumper and a few threes from the wing to finish his first half of play with a perfect 6-for-6 performance.

The 6-8 rising senior continued his strong play in the evening session with 11 points, eight rebounds, and three assists. He scored on smaller defenders in the post and also spent a fair amount of time handling the ball in pick and roll situations.

“It’s a confidence builder,” said Ingram about his hot start. “I think my mid-range is the strongest part of my game. I’m trying to introduce some new things and do some things differently like taking smaller players on the block. I’ve been working at it a lot in the gym by myself and with my dad. The pick and roll is also one of the things I’ve been working on.”

Ingram has recently drawn the attention from out of state schools such as Kentucky, Kansas, and Louisville. John Calipari was in attendance for Ingram’s evening tilt.

“After the Kentucky and Kansas interest I’m just planning to take my time,” noted Ingram.

While certain out of state schools have expressed interest in Ingram, the in-state schools are still recruiting him hard. After the NBPA Top 100 Camp, Ingram made a stop in Chapel Hill.

“I watched the pick-up game with the pros and current players,” said Ingram. “I watched the whole time, me and Dennis (Smith) were there for about two hours. The pro guys that were there included Kendall Marshall, Tywon Lawson, and one of the overseas players, Marcus Ginyard.”

According to Ingram, the UNC staff plans to make a stop at the Adidas camp after the LeBron James Skills Academy.

“I’ve built a good relationship with Coach Steve Robinson,” said Ingram. “It’s a very good relationship. They have a great team and great players.” Evaluation: Brandon Ingram at Adidas Unrivaled
by Brian Snow

"It was easily Ingram’s best showing of the summer. He was the best player on the floor showing his ability to make shots from deep as well as attack off the dribble and make plays. Highly skilled at his size, Ingram was impressive against stronger players and just made things happen all game long. He was feeling it early, and did enough throughout the game to really open eyes."

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