UNC Makes Final Pitch to Ingram

North Carolina has been recruiting Brandon Ingram for three years, including countless visits by Brandon and his father to Chapel Hill. On Wednesday night, Roy Williams made his final pitch to the Ingram family during an in-home visit.

North Carolina finished an in-home visit with Brandon Ingram late Wednesday night. It was the last recruiting visit Ingram will have before he announces his college choice on Monday.

UNC head coach Roy Williams and assistant Steve Robinson made their final presentation to the 6-8 senior, a player they’ve recruited as hard as any in recent memory.

“They said they appreciated us allowing them to come in on the last visit,” Donald Ingram, Brandon’s father, said. “UNC was great, as always. Very professional. They presented themselves well and explained everything in great detail.”

Ominously looming over the Tar Heels’ recruitment of Ingram has been the unknown regarding the outcome of the NCAA's investigation into the school.

On Tuesday, Brandon Ingram told ESPNU that UNC had “received the allegations.”

Williams clarified the situation with the Ingram family last night.

“He just stressed that they were still being investigated,” explained the elder Ingram. “He said it was still ongoing and that they hadn’t gotten any notice from the NCAA.”

Ingram has told several media outlets, including Inside Carolina, that he likely would’ve committed to Carolina in the fall, if not for uncertainty around potential NCAA penalties.

“We take everything into consideration at every school,” Donald Ingram said. “That just so happened to be a factor that’s going on with North Carolina. With N.C. State and Duke we took into consideration a lot of things too. We wanted to know some of the reasons players have transferred out of N.C. State last year and this year. At Duke, we wanted to know about the (Rasheed) Sulaimon situation. There’s been concerns with every school looking at Brandon.”

During Williams’s visit, he told Brandon how he hoped to use and develop him in North Carolina’s system.

“They told us that Brandon’s position was open,” said Donald Ingram. “They said Brandon’s high school number, No. 13, came open because (J.P.) Tokoto entered the draft and everything. They told us they support J.P. and anyone that decides to go pro. The position he played will be a position Brandon would be familiar with. They are looking for Brandon to add versatility to that position with his ball-handling, shooting, height and skill.”

Over the last six days, Ingram has hosted coaches from Duke, Kansas, Kentucky, N.C. State and Carolina. Duke visited twice, Ingram said, not because the family asked it to do so.

“They asked if they could come back on Tuesday and we didn’t have a problem with it,” he said. “I think you get up to seven times that you can come in and see a player and they hadn’t used all of their visits. Their seventh was on Tuesday. Had another school had visits left and wanted to come in again, we would’ve gladly had them come in.”

Robinson started recruiting Ingram for UNC three years ago and Roy Williams got involved shortly thereafter. During that span there have been countless UNC coach visits to Kinston, and countless Ingram visits to Chapel Hill.

“I’d give them an A+,” Donald Ingram said. “They made us feel comfortable and have been respectful and professional. We’re satisfied with the coaches. We trust them. They contact us even when it’s not related to basketball, like on holidays and birthdays. They let it be known that they are thinking about us.”

Don't expect a lot of fanfare or a national TV audience for Brandon's announcement on Monday.

“He’s not one of those that cares a lot for the attention,” Donald Ingram said.

Over the coming days, the Ingrams plan to settle in, review all of the information presented to them and finalize a decision sometime on Sunday evening, before announcing on Monday.

“We’re still looking at everyone,” he said. “No school has been eliminated, but on Monday all the schools will be except one.”

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