The first time Iowa basketball coach Fran McCaffery saw Patrick Ingram play was at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Ind., at the 2011 Indiana state tournament.
McCaffery had gone to see a player on the Pike team, but a player on the North Central team caught his eye. McCaffery loved the way Ingram played, his willingness to defend and do the little things it takes to win.
Ingram averaged 10 points as a junior at North Central High School in Indianapolis, Ind., and recruiters weren’t beating down his door. But McCaffery offered the 6-foot-2 Ingram a scholarship in July of 2011, and he eventually picked the Hawkeyes over St. Louis and Loyola of Chicago.
“He was the best player on the floor that day, and that’s what happens a lot of times with him, and that’s what I love about him, McCaffery said. “He’s going to come here hungry, thankful for the opportunity. He wanted to play in the Big Ten, and he’s going to get that chance.”
Ironically, Ingram’s prep career will end in the same arena where McCaffery first saw him play, Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Ingram, who averaged 16.8 points as a senior, is one of 13 players named to the Indianapolis Star Indiana All-Star team.
The Indiana All-Stars will play Kentucky on June 8 in Louisville, Ky., and June 9 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
The Indiana team includes Indiana signees Ron Patterson, Yogi Ferrell and Jeremy Hollowell; Michigan State signee and Indiana Mr. Basketball Gary Harris; Purdue signee Ronnie Johnson, one of Ingram’s North Central teammates; and Michigan signee Glenn Robinson III.
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