Ingram Entering Home Stretch

KINSTON, N.C. --- Brandon Ingram’s offseason may be just as intense as his just-completed senior season of high school.

The 6-9 Kinston High School stalwart, the No. 13 prospect in the nation according to, helped lead the Vikings to their fourth consecutive NCHSAA 2-A state championship and sixth in the previous eight years, adding on to the dynasty of the school powerhouse. Ingram and teammate Darnell Dunn are the first players in North Carolina to win four state titles at their high schools.

“It feels good, but it hasn’t sunk in yet,” Ingram said, reflecting on the success of his high school playing career. “It’s a great accomplishment and it’s fun being able to do this with my childhood friends.”

Now, the focus will shift back toward the recruiting process -- a process that began three years ago and now enters its final weeks.

While recruits don't necessarily have to sign a National Letter of Intent to enroll at a college, most do - and the window to do so begins next month. The Spring Signing Period runs from April 15 to May 20.

Ingram hasn’t narrowed down his list of schools — UNC, N.C. State, Duke, Kansas, Kentucky and UCLA are all in the running for the heralded prep player — and he said he’s paying close attention to the underclassmen at those colleges who could leave early for the NBA. The deadline for college underclassmen to make an NBA decision is April 26.

“I’m seeing who’s going into the draft and where I could fit in with the team,” Ingram said. “I’ll probably wait until the last day. Right now, it’s just a normal routine for me — I go to school, hang out with a few friends and then go to the gym and work out.”

Ingram said he's also keeping an eye on the NCAA investigation at UNC.

“(The final decision) will affect mine, but I have trust in Coach Roy Williams about the program,” he said. “The coaches and I have a good relationship (at UNC) and I know what’s going on over there.”

Ingram said he hasn’t had a recent face-to-face conversation with a college coach due to the overall success of his colleges of choice during the postseason. With five of his finalists in the Sweet 16 (Kansas lost to Wichita State in the third round of the NCAA Tournament), their focus has been more toward this year than next, but Ingram said he’s still had some dialogue.

“Due to the tournament there haven’t been any in-home visits, but I’ve gotten calls and texts from the coaches and assistant coaches,” he said.

He'll return to the court - and take the national stage - with two big all-star games next month. He's on the West team for the prestigious McDonalds All-American Game on April 1, then he'll represent Team USA at the Hoop Summit on April 11. Both games will include a rigorous week of practice against the best players in the nation.

“I’m just getting ready for the McDonalds All-American Game, the Nike Hoops Summit and making sure my offseason is the best one possible,” Ingram said.

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