Five-star recruit and McDonald’s All-American Brandon Ingram, a small forward from Kinston, North Carolina, has committed to Duke University. ESPN’s Jeff Borzello and Jeff Goodman reported the story.
Ingram was also considering North Carolina State, Kansas, Kentucky, UCLA and North Carolina. Per Goodman, a source speculated to ESPN that the ongoing academic fraud investigation at UNC could have affected Ingram’s decision not to play ball for Roy Williams and the Tar Heels.
Instead, he will join the Blue Devils and thus give Duke the top recruiting class in the country for the second year in a row, this time surpassing the LSU Tigers.
On top of Ingram, Duke now has the following top recruits joining the team next year: center Chase Jeter, point man Derryck Thornton, and shooting guard Luke Kennard. Of that quartet, all but Thornton are McDonald’s All-Americans.
Ingram has decent size for his position at 6-foot-8, 196 pounds, and has a reputation for being an excellent shooter. In the fast-paced conference that is the ACC, he’ll fit right in at Duke. He’ll need to work on being more aggressive in driving to the basket, but has the perfect coach to help him do that in Hall of Famer and five-time champion Mike Krzyzewski.
Duke is now in a position to immediately contend again, having lost key players in Quinn Cook, Tyus Jones, Jahlil Okafor and Justise Winslow to either the NBA Draft or graduation.
In 2014-15, the Blue Devils went 35-4 en route to defeating the Wisconsin Badgers in the NCAA Championship Game.
With Ingram and the rest of this recruiting class, a repeat could definitely be in the cards.
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