14 - Brandon Ingram


  • Birthday: 9/2/97
  • NBA Position: Small Forward
  • Class: Freshman
  • Ht: 6-9
  • Wt: 195
  • Hometown: Kinston, NC
  • High School: Kinston
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NBA Comparison: Tayshaun Prince/Kevin Durant

Strengths: Wingspan, wingspan, wingspan, Ingram is all arms right now (measured 6'9.5" in shoes and a 7'3" wingspan at the 2015 NIKE Hoop Summit) ... Uses his length well to finish at the rim ... Plays the game very efficiently ... Makes a high number of midrange jumpers ... His shooting ability is his standout talent ... Range extends to the NBA three point line ... Uses size and length to easily shoot over smaller defenders ... Good with head fakes to get his defender in the air on the perimeter ... Effective at attacking the basket in a straight line ... Length and long strides make him a hassle to keep out of the paint ... Doesn't need more than one or two dribbles to attack the basket ... Despite lacking strength, he can get to the free throw line at a high rate ... Comfortable with the ball in his hands and playing off the ball ... Due to his size and length he's able to see over the defense to distribute the ball ... Delivers the ball on target to open teammates ... Has a high basketball IQ, good attention to detail ...

Weaknesses: Extremely frail, weighed 196 lbs at the 2015 Nike Hoop Summit ... Needs to develop his body and strength in order to handle the physical play at higher levels ... Not a strong defender yet ... Doesn't possess great lateral quickness ... Often out of place on the defensive end ... His footwork when defending on the ball is subpar ... Needs to become better at using his left hand, both when dribbling or finishing around the basket ... Not an overly explosive athlete ... While he plays smoothly, can seem to be playing too slow at times or even come across as lazy ... Can develop into a better playmaker ... A shy, low key kid, should look to develop into more of a vocal leader ...

Notes: Kinston, NC native (home of former UNC Tar Heels' Jerry Stackhouse and Reggie Bullock) bucked popular thought by choosing Duke ... Selected to the 2015 McDonald's All-American, Jordan Brand Classic and NIKE Hoop Summit games ...

Overall: Ingram is a player that possesses intriguing upside as he combines superb shooting and a knack for scoring with length ... On the surface he has the physical tools to become Kevin Durant 2.0, however Ingram has a long ways to go in his development if he wants to ever reach such a lofty goal. Ingram is going to be the guy for the Duke Blue Devils next season, that should give us our best chance to see just what type of player he can be in the NBA.

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