Much like last season, the 2015-16 Duke basketball team will have to rely on its freshman class to make significant contributions if the Blue Devils hope to repeat as national champions.
One of the most pivotal pieces of the freshman class is Brandon Ingram, who arrives as Duke’s top rated recruit in this extremely decorated incoming class.
At 6’9”, 190-pounds, Ingram was the No. 2 small forward and No. 3 overall player in the 247Sports Composite Rankings for the Class of 2015.
Mike Krzyzewski has already raved about his versatility and potential to create matchup problems for opposing teams, and Duke fans should be very excited to see how the coaching staff uses Ingram as a weapon this season.
According to David Gardner of SI.com, Ingram should be one of the incoming freshmen who makes the biggest impact in college basketball next season.
In an article that looks at 10 potential high-impact newcomers, Gardner has Ingram at No. 4 on the list, saying:
“All Ingram does is win: He took home four state championships and the North Carolina Mr. Basketball award in high school. At 6’8″, 190 pounds, he handles the ball like a point guard but should spend most of his time at the four.”
For a lineup that has to replace so much production from last season, it will likely take time for the coaches to figure out the best combinations and roles for this year’s group.
However, I suspect that regardless of the lineup, Ingram will be a primary part of Duke’s approach to the upcoming season.