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Monday / February 27.

Ingram: No Pressure to Follow Bullock to UNC

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ASHEVILLE N.C.-  Brandon Ingram put on a show Saturday afternoon in a 76-58 win for Kinston (N.C.) over Mount Tabor (N.C.) in the Coaches vs. Cancer classic.

The 13th ranked player in the country by ESPN, Ingram recorded 31 points, 12 rebounds, 5 assists, and 6 blocks, but felt like he has a lot of work to do to get where he wants to go.

“I felt like it was a good game, but there is always room for improvement,” Ingram told “My communication with my teammates could definitely be improved. People say that I have a lot of potential, and a lot of upside. I’m just working hard right now to get there right now. This junior season is huge, so I’m just working hard.”

Standing at 6-foot-9, with a wingspan of 7-feet, Ingram brings versatility that is not normally seen at his height and length. He’s not afraid to pull the trigger at anytime from deep, and can defend any of the five positions on the floor. Ingram currently has some of the top teams in college basketball knocking on his door consistently.

When asked if he feels any pressure to follow in the footsteps of Kinston High School alums Jerry Stackhouse and Reggie Bullock and attend North Carolina, he answers with a no.

“There really isn’t any pressure for me,” Ingram said. “I know that it is my decision right now, I’m just looking at the players that I can play with, my style of play, as well as the history of the school.”

Ingram currently holds offers from North Carolina, Wake Forest, NC State, Virginia Tech, VCU, Clemson and Minnesota, but has been hearing from others quite often.

“I’ve been hearing from Georgetown and Louisville recently as well,” Ingram said. ” But there isn’t a favorite school for me at this moment, no top school.”

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Adam Zagoria is a New York Times contributor and Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.