Ingram Still Weighing Options

With recruiters intensifying their pitches and the early signing period approaching, heralded Kinston High School stalwart Brandon Ingram may make a decision within the next two weeks. Or, he’ll continue to weigh his options.

“I never had a set date to make a decision,” Ingram said. “Right now, I’m just going day-by-day — building relationships with the coaches and having good conversations with them.”

The early signing period for the Class of 2015 starts Nov. 12 and ends on the 19th. If a decision isn’t made by then, the next time signing period begins on April 15. While colleges are hoping to hear the news sooner, Ingram is taking his time evaluating the next step.

The 6-foot-8, 180-pound Ingram is currently ranked as the No. 26 prospect on for the Class of 2015 and top-ranked in the state. Due to the length of his recruitment and the completion of all of his allotted visits, most have presumed Ingram would be signing early. However, his father, Donald, believes there will be more time taken to analyze colleges, including the ones coming onto the scene in the summer.

“We’ve been hearing from coaches and recruiters much more lately than in the past, but I believe (Brandon will) hold off for the early signing period,” Donald Ingram said. “Brandon has had in-state school visits to Carolina, Duke and N.C. State, where he got the chance to see the teams play, the systems they ran and if he fit in them. He had an extraordinary summer where he performed well at the AAU summit and played with Adidas Nations. Once he played there, he picked up several more offers, with Kansas, Kentucky and UCLA coming onto the scene.”

In October, Brandon Ingram visited the three out-of-state colleges, with his father saying his son didn’t want to jump the gun on a final conclusion.

“He wanted to have the same opportunity to visit the other schools in a game-sitting environment to see how they play rather than just settling for an in-state school,” Donald Ingram said. “It’s like looking at a car — during basketball season at Kinston High, he was able to test drive cars here. Then, in the summer, there were three more cars he liked. How fair can it be to not give himself a chance to test-drive the other cars?

“These are all extraordinary schools and we want to be able to see the environment so there won’t be any second guessing during the decision.”

Meanwhile, Ingram’s focus is on helping Kinston High School win its fourth consecutive 2A state championship and fifth in the past six years.

“Right now, I’m just going through practices and working out hard,” he said. “I’m ready to lead the guys.”

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