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Kinston (N.C.) class of 2015 small forward Brandon Ingram has been a highly sought-after prospect for about a year now and started reeling in offers from high-major programs during last April's recruiting periods.
Receiving the scholarship offers so early was only a sign for Ingram to continue to improve his game and work toward reaching his full potential. Leading his Stackhouse Elite team to a championship win this past weekend at the Norm Parker Showcase in Atlanta, the 24th-ranked prospect in the nation showed he's doing just that.
"I think I've improved a lot," Ingram told Rivals.com. "I have a lot more confidence. I've grown 2 inches from last year, and I've been in the weight room too."
Not only does Ingram have the top in-state programs on his trail, but top programs around the country are after him as well.
"I've been talking to Duke, North Carolina, N.C. State, Clemson, Wake Forest, Kansas, Louisville, Tennessee and Florida the most lately."
Ingram added that he holds offers from North Carolina, N.C. State, Clemson, Wake Forest, Virginia Tech, Louisville, Minnesota and VCU.
The Blue Devils have yet to offer, but they continue to show heavy interest in the four-star prospect.
"Duke hasn't offered yet, but they are coming for an in-home visit on [April] 21st. I'd definitely look at them if they offer. I love their style of play. They get their shooters open. They like the 3-ball. That's why I like them."
Ingram took an official visit to North Carolina in January and hosted the Tar Heels coaching staff for a home visit last week.
"North Carolina came for an in-home visit on Thursday. It went pretty good. We touched bases on a lot of stuff, talked about the guys coming in, the way they play, the tradition, everything really. I like Coach [Roy] Williams and Coach [Steve] Robinson. They are pretty unique guys and very comical."
Along with Duke and North Carolina, N.C. State seems to be positioning itself well to have a chance with Ingram.
"I like N.C. State a lot. They play a very different style with the pack-line defense and the offense they run. They play a lot in transition. Their run at the end of the year was impressive. They had guys step up."
Ingram insists he doesn't have a time frame in mind as to when a verbal commitment will come. Instead, he will monitor what happens with his peers.
"It depends on when the guys in my class commit. Knowing there are only few scholarships at each school, I just want to see the guys I'll play around and we'll go from there."
Dan McDonald is a contributing national basketball recruiting analyst for Rivals.com. You can click here to follow him on Twitter.
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