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  • Brandon Ingram Leads Team to Victory at Hoophall Classic and Discusses Recruitment

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    "2014 Under Armour Elite 24"By EDDIE GIBBON

    SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — Brandon Ingram scored 22 points and dished out 4 assists as Kinston (N.C.) came from behind Saturday to beat Syracuse-bound Malachi Richardson and Trenton Catholic, 56-54,  at the 2015 Hoophall Classic.

    “I know when I play good, they play good,” Ingram said after the game. “When I play well the other guys rebound hard and play good defense.”

    The 6-foot-9 Ingram, ranked 12th in the country by ESPN.com, is considering a final six of Duke, Kansas, Kentucky, North Carolina and N.C. State. He said he plans to visit Kansas, Kentucky and UCLA down the road. UCLA assistant David Grace was among those on hand for this game.

    Ingram is not close to making his college decision and is really trying to focus on winning his fourth straight state championship.

    Ingram said he has the best relationship with three in-state coaches, Roy Williams of North Carolina, Mike Krzyzewski of Duke and Mark Gottfried of N.C. State.

    “They’ve been recruiting me my whole high school career,” he said.

    Ingram also broke down all six schools on his list:

    N.C. State: “They have been recruiting me for a really long time. Of course they need a big wing like all the other schools, and I know they’ll put me in a good position. They always talk about the T.J. Warren role, and that would be good for me.”

    North Carolina: “Of course they need a shooter, and I would dive right in. They want me to score the ball.”

    Duke: “They’re a great program with great fans. Good people around campus.”

    Kansas: “It’s a basketball city. I loved it out there when I visited for their Midnight Madness. I love everything about coach Norm Roberts and coach Bill Self.”

    Kentucky: “Just a basketball world. They always have great guys coming.”

    UCLA: “I love everything about the coaches, we have developed great relationships. Plus, it’s California.”

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. 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.