August 17, 2011

Ingram picks Iowa

After visiting the University of Iowa on Monday afternoon, it didn't take long for Patrick Ingram to figure out that was where he wanted to play college basketball. The 6-foot-2 guard from Indianapolis, IN made the call to Coach Fran McCaffery the following day to let him know he wanted to be a Hawkeye.

"We went on the visit on Monday and I felt comfortable with what the coaches told me about the program and I liked what I saw. On Tuesday I called Coach McCaffery and told him I was ready to commit and he was very excited. He said he can't wait to get me on campus and start working with me."

Ingram, who averaged 10 points a game at North Central High School, chose Iowa over offers from St. Louis University, Loyola, and Northern Illinois.

"It was a big relief to make my decision. I wanted to make it this week and there were a lot of people in my ear giving me advice and telling me what to do. It feels good to have this out of the way so I can focus on my senior season."

After saying he was undecided on Monday afternoon, Ingram said that the scales tipped in Iowa's favor because of what Coach McCaffery had told him on his visit.

"Basically the coaching staff really sold me. Coach McCaffery told me that they are turning the program around and I like the way he does things with his program. I love the style of play and that fits me really well."

Ingram has dreamed of playing the Big Ten and Iowa offering him that opportunity also influenced his decision.

"It was important to me as well to play in the Big Ten. I get to play with a lot of guys that I grew up with including Ronnie Johnson, who I have played with since the 5th grade. I am looking forward to that experience and it will help me improve my game."

Ingram is Iowa's third commitment in the Class of 2012 joining point guard Mike Gesell and forward Kyle Meyer.

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