The idea of conducting the in-home visit at 12:01 a.m. originated during Ingram’s last unofficial trip to UNC in August.
“He told us he’d love to be the first one in,” Donald Ingram, Brandon’s father said. “We felt like that was a great time for us to go ahead and let them be first to come on in. He kind of just threw it out there, but when we found out he was serious, it was perfect. That’s when we went ahead and set it in stone.”
Williams gave a detailed presentation about the University outside of athletics, before focusing in on basketball. Throughout the night, Williams sought to reinforce how important Ingram is to the Tar Heels’ future plans.
“He showed us how they would use him in their system with the guys they already have,” explained Donald Ingram. “He said they’re going to be seasoned by the time he gets there and he can gel with them and fit right in.”
They discussed the importance and prominence of UNC’s strength and conditioning program, and how it could help Ingram become a better player. Williams also gave the Ingrams a better feel for his role if they pick Carolina.
“In the past they’ve shown a video tape highlighting the position he would be filling,” Donald Ingram said. “A lot of that was consisting of Harrison Barnes, Reggie Bullock and Wayne Ellington and what those guys did when they were there. Last night’s video was more showing how he would fit in based on his skillset, his length and what they already have.”
Donald Ingram said his family was “very impressed” with the quality and professionalism Williams displayed.
“He had a packet with an agenda of what he was going to talk about,” he said. “Brandon just celebrated a birthday, so it started with ‘Happy Birthday Brandon.’ It gave important testing dates and things he needs to remember, and a sample letter of intent. It had a schedule of some of their bigger games this year.”
Before the visit ended, Donald Ingram confirmed his family would be attending “Late Night with Roy” on Oct. 3.
“The entire presentation was great and it was well worth being up at 12:01 a.m.,” he said. “We didn’t try to rush him off. Even after he finished what he had to say, we had several questions because we were so interested and so satisfied with how he presented himself. Even though it was late and we had school and work today, by no means did we rush him out. It meant a lot to us for them to get up and drive two hours down here. We asked questions and they answered truthfully. We were very satisfied, very pleased.”
The Ingrams will host NC State, Kansas, Kentucky and UCLA for in-home visits throughout the rest of the week, and have official visit trips scheduled to Kansas and Kentucky next month.
Midnight in-home with North Carolina was awesome!— Brandon Ingram (@B_Ingram13) September 9, 2014
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