Brandon Ingram is definitely a special kind of player and given Duke’s run-and-gun system, he is setting himself up to be a Top 10 pick in this summer’s NBA Draft, if not better than that.
The freshman has been an absolute boss for the Blue Devils, averaging 17.1 points and 6.4 rebounds to go with 1.5 blocks per game. Ingram is also shooting nearly 50 percent from the field and 42 percent from long range. For someone who takes nearly half of his shots from long range, that’s still pretty impressive.
Ingram also has the height and length at 6-foot-9 with a 7-foot-3 wingspan to become a fine wing player, a la onetime MVP Kevin Durant, and his ability to create offense for his teammates and also find his own shot only ups his value as a draft pick.
But, like any draft prospect, Ingram is not without his flaws. He is way too skinny for his height at just 190 pounds and will need to bulk up before the draft. On top of that, because of his slim frame, he prefers to use his jump shot rather than drive the lane and get his hands dirty, though he is adept at both.
The good news is that scoring comes naturally to Ingram and his future, for the most part, is bright. All that he really needs to do is learn how to use his left hand and mix up his approach a bit on top of gaining weight. Doing some work with his on-ball defense wouldn’t hurt him either.
The fact of the matter is that when push comes to shove, Ingram could very well hear his name called first in June depending on what LSU star Ben Simmons decides to do. So long as he spends the rest of the season learning how to diversify his attack and not be afraid of getting a little banged up under the net, his NBA future is looking incredibly bright.
*Featured Photo (above) credit to The Duke Chronicle