For a while, the speculation was that five-star forward Brandon Ingram would make an early decision. But he's taking his time with a college choice and pushing through what has been a pretty grueling grassroots schedule.
A 6-foot-8 small forward from Kinston (N.C.) High, Ingram currently ranks No. 25 in the 2015 Rivals150. During the spring and early summer, Ingram has been playing a loaded schedule hitting the camp circuit and events with Stackhouse Elite.
Ingram's schedule hasn't allowed for a lot of down time, but he has found drive.
"Just knowing that I am playing for myself, my teammates and my coaches drives me harder," Ingram said. "There are expectations to be met by all of us out there so I'm doing my best to help."
A long and slim wing, Ingram has terrific size for a small forward. He can shoot from deep, runs well in transition and is expanding his game around the basket. Louisville, Kansas, North Carolina, Duke, Clemson, Wake Forest and N.C. State are in the mix and are all using a similar pitch.
"Everybody is recruiting me the same," said Ingram. "They all have me primarily as a three. Talking with Coach K, he was telling me that good players don't only play one spot on the floor and that they move all around. I think that goes for any system that I might play in."
Next up, Ingram needs to decide on where he will take his official visits.
"I need to decide that after the end of the summer," said Ingram. "I have to pick the right places to visit and then go from there."
As for when he will make a decision, Ingram says that he was never as close to making a decision back in the spring as was being speculated. But, he will decide before his senior season.
"It was bad speculation. I don't think I was ever close to making a decision during the spring," said Ingram. "I know I want to make a decision before my senior season, but closer to it."
Eric Bossi is the national basketball recruiting analyst for Rivals.com. You can click here to follow him on Twitter.
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