Ingram Stops By Chapel Hill

Before heading home from his Duke official visit, Brandon Ingram made one additional stop.

The top-ranked senior in North Carolina concluded his official trip to Duke on Monday, but a phone conversation with Tar Heels coach Roy Williams convinced him to take an unofficial excursion to Chapel Hill immediately after his Durham trip.

“I had a conversation with the coach and he said the team was having practice from (August) 11th through the 14th before they headed to the Bahamas,” Ingram said. “I decided to check it out.”

While the Carolina players prepared for their two exhibition games, the Kinston (N.C.) stalwart observed the opening practice session.

“It was pretty intense,” Ingram said. “It was the first time the guys got together, and they did a great job going through their plays to get ready for the Bahamas. The coaches had me following everything on the court and told me to picture myself being in the practice. The team plays well together and it’s going to be fun to see what they do this year.”

Donald Ingram, Brandon’s father, said the Tar Heel coaches also talked about how Brandon’s skillset could provide immediate dividends to the success of the team in the 2015-16 campaign.

“The coaches were discussing how they could use Brandon in their system and how they see him fitting in,” Donald Ingram said. “They told him to pay attention to all of the players and observe so he’ll have an idea of the position he’ll be playing.

“Brandon is 6-9, so the Tar Heels see him in the position of small forward along with a little point guard because of his ballhandling skills. In practice, they also wanted him to see how they transition up and down the floor because with Brandon being 6-9 and a good ballhandler, he could actually get a rebound and lead the fast break. The coaches also had Brandon look at how the forwards filled the lane, so he had the opportunity to see a little bit of everything.”

Brandon Ingram said he had a conversation with Williams at the practice.

“We talked about school, basketball and pretty much everything else,” Ingram said. “Right now, I stand the same way with Carolina. Everything is good with the family and I’ve had good conversations with Roy Williams and (assistant coach) Steve Robinson during this time.”

Donald Ingram said Carolina, which put a scholarship offer on the table a year ago to his son, continues to show consistent, heavy interest.

“They still want him, and continue to tell him how he can make an immediate impact with the class coming in and the system they run,” the elder Ingram said. “With his length and ability, he will be an immediate contributor to the team.”

While Brandon Ingram is still undecided on which college he’ll attend next year, he plans on taking another step toward that decision before the month is over.

“At the end of August, I plan to cut my list of colleges to seven and just go from there,” he said. “I’m just trying to focus and make the right decision.”

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