Duke University, the country’s current college basketball champion, lost four top starters when last season ended. It seemed to mean that this super-successful men’s college basketball program would suffer through a rebuilding year in the new 2015-2016 Season.
But the Blue Devils of Duke University are a top tier basketball program that is attractive to the best and most highly coveted high school athletes. The team has a legendary leader known by fans and pundits alike as “Coach K.” His reputation and the school’s record of continuous winning seasons and tournament invitations is an almost irresistible lure.
So it should come as no surprise that the Blue Devils and Coach K have the Number One Recruiting class this year. Among the players that have signed on to become Blue Devils is “top five” player Brandon Ingram.
This eighteen year old 6’8” Power Forward chose Duke University over such top level college basketball programs as those run by the University of North Carolina, the University of Kansas, North Carolina State University and the University of California-Las Angeles (UCLA).
Those are all great programs and many of them had terrific recruiting success, as well. But it was Duke University, famous for basketball and the education it provides to all students, that prevailed over these fierce rivals.
Brandon Ingram is considered a “Five Star Prospect,” the best of the group of players who have chosen Duke University this year. This young and skilled Power Forward played basketball in North Carolina at Kinston High School.
What makes that noteworthy is the fact that the school, led on the floor by Brandon Ingram, won four consecutive state championships. Duke’s arch-rival, North Carolina University , tried hard to recruit the future NBA superstar, but he chose the Blue Devils.
Fans of Duke University’s basketball team will surely be delighted with Ingram’s on-floor skills. At 6’8” and growing, this young player has “lights out” shooting skills and can score from just about anywhere on the floor. He has speed and can run the floor well enough to score on fast breaks. Brandon Ingram also has an “inside game” and can corral rebounds, on offense and defense.
When Ingram’s skills and “floor presence” are combined with the schools other top recruits it seems likely that the Blue Devils will have another winning season, another trip to “March Madness,” and, if the new starters develop quickly, perhaps Coach K’s team will compete for another national championship.
It could happen even though the squad’s core will be comprised of several freshman players. Good coaching, players with high basketball IQs and a winning tradition could produce another “Final Four” appearance.
It may be necessary this year, because young stars like Brandon Ingram may leave Duke University early for a chance to play in the National Basketball Association (NBA).
That is always “the dream” for college basketball players, especially those like Brandon Ingram who have the skills to succeed.
Courtesy of Today’s U