Brandon Ingram officially declares for NBA Draft

Duke Blue Devil Brandon Ingram has only spent one year in Durham, North Carolina, but he has certainly made the most of it. He is expected to be a lottery pick, if not the first pick overall, and he officially declared for the NBA Draft on Monday.

Ingram released a special tribute message to Duke and head coach Mike Krzyzewski, thanking them for all they did for him. He seems pretty excited to begin his NBA career.

Brandon Ingram says farewell to @Duke_MBB and declares for the NBA Draft. https://t.co/mPgR4BSKWh pic.twitter.com/KpiJkVAXmm

— The Players' Tribune (@PlayersTribune) April 4, 2016

During his one season with the Blue Devils, Brandon Ingram averaged 17.3 points and 6.8 rebounds per game. He also helped the team to the Sweet Sixteen, where they fell short of upsetting the Oregon Ducks.

Krzyzewski released a statement on Ingram and his time coaching him during his freshman season. He talked about his heart and desire to play on the court.

From Duke, Coach K on Brandon Ingram going pro … pic.twitter.com/zXBiixZIaw

— Bret Strelow (@bretstrelow) April 4, 2016

Ingram is currently the second-ranked prospect on many draft boards, sitting behind LSU’s Ben Simmons. It will be interesting to see what happens with Ingram in the months leading up to the draft in June.

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