Brandon Ingram Commits to Duke

Brandon Ingram
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Five-star SF Brandon Ingram is officially a Blue Devil as an embarrassment of riches continue for Duke Basketball. Landing Ingram comes weeks after winning a National Championship and a week from landing one of the best PG’s in the country in Derryck Thornton.

The 6’9, 195-pound Ingram is rated as the No. 4 player in the class of 2015 by 247Sports. The North Carolina native played at Kinston High School this past season and also had offers from North Carolina, NC State, Kansas, and Kentucky, and UCLA. During his senior year in HS the averaged 24.3 points, 10.4 rebounds, 3 blocks, and 3.6 assists.

Ingram’s commitment helps soften the blow from losing freshman sensation Justise Winslow. Winslow decided to leave Duke after his freshman season to enter the 2015 NBA Draft. Most mock drafts have Winslow easily being one of the first five picks.

Ingram is the final piece in a loaded recruiting class that already includes a pair of McDonald’s All-Americans in G Luke Kennard and PF/C Chase Jeter, as well as the aforementioned PG Derryck Thornton and 3-star project Antonio Vrankovic.

8 comments

  1. What a wise decision the young man made! Congratulations, Brandon, for you have truly hitched your wagon to a star!

  2. What an outstanding addition he is going to be!  Two weeks ago, I was wondering if we were going to have enough depth to make it back to the NCAA’s and now we should be firmly in the pre-season top 5.  I can’t even believe what K and his staff are doing right now, it’s absolutely incredible.  The competition just within our own team for PT is going to be intriguing.  Here’s how I see it today (most certainly to not be accurate):

    PG- Thornton
    SG- Grayson
    SF- Ingram
    PF- Amile
    C- Jeter

    First bench rotation: Matt, Marshall, Luke
    Not sure about minutes: Obi, Vrankovic

    I don’t want to count Obi out yet but it’s going to be tough for him to find minutes with the depth we now have.  We are so deep in the front court and I definitely think K will opt for smaller lineups at times as that has worked so effectively with recent teams (i.e.-Parker, Winslow).  I hope he gets his shot but this team is going to be so loaded and talented that there will be little room for error or slumps in practice.

  3. patowens2423 I’d agree with that line-up.  I look at Duke as having two post players that are defensive minded (Jefferson/Plumlee) and two that are offensive weapons (Obi/Jeter).  I’m not sure which two will start but I’m guessing that it will be one from each listed pair.  If Jeter can show that he is both, then he will certainly be one of them but I’m curious of whether they’ll play him at the 4 or 5 spot.  Same with Obi–he’s listed as a PF but at 270lb. I could see him at the center.  And they might just be interchangeable moving parts that get plugged into as starters depending on the match-up for a given game.  

    I could see them playing small ball but I wonder if Coach K will be reluctant to do so since Ingram’s frame is far from being as developed as Winslow’s to go up against opposing team’s power forwards.  And if they keep Ingram at his natural position as the SF, then Duke will bolster a very large and long team with everyone being 6’4″ or better except for their PG.

    I don’t think that Vrankovic plays this year and would look for him to redshirt.

    Kennard will be the first off of the bench to take over for Thornton if he’s in foul trouble or needs a breather but I think that Jones will get the most minutes off of the bench which is odd to say since he’s the only returning starter since Jefferson came off the bench once K went to that smaller line-up.  Perhaps he does go small again to keep Jones on the floor as a starter.  Regardless of my opinions, I trust that Coach K will figure it out and give us another great year of basketball!

  4. Plenty of talent on paper for sure. Starting five upcoming year seems harder to project, seems like 8 of 10 guys could see good minutes. This team may be really good. Time will tell. K knows what he’s doing and I’m glad he’s one who has to sort it all out. Chemistry is what the title team had and if this team here gets it then Duke will be a hard out come March

  5. MikeCollins4 Agreed on all points.  There are numerous lineup options which is an excellent problem to have.  I think it’s somewhat unrealistic to expect next years team to gel as quickly as this past years but it definitely has the potential to.  Outside of PG, we are deep at almost every position and I have full confidence that Coach K will deploy the best possible lineup.  Also, I am really intrigued with what Kennard can do for us next year.  He was very agressive in the HS all star games and shows a fearlessness on offense that I quickly recognized.  I know those games are not the best measuring sticks but I was very encouraged with what I saw out of him.  Can’t wait for this team to take the court.

  6. caseyellisjohnson

    patowens2423 Grayson won’t start. Matt will start. Grayson will come off the bench with Luke for scoring & experience. Matt & Luke off the bench won’t create much offense. Also, you want Matt guarding the opposing team’s best defender, setting the defensive tone early.