Add another versatile piece to Fran McCaffery's recruiting haul thus far for 2012: 6'2" Indianapolis shooting guard Patrick Ingram has given his verbal commitment to Iowa. Ingram is the third commit for the year (Mike Gesell and Kyle Meyer being the first two) and chose Iowa over Loyola (IL) and Saint Louis. Ingram does not appear to be quite the prize that Gesell was (Scout has him ranked at two stars to Gesell's four), but he did play on North Central High's 4A state championship team as a sophomore and looks to be an athletic, quick presence on the court.
It's hard to judge too much from the short clip above, but for what it's worth, a few notes:
- If this clip is representative of Ingram's overall game, we should be encouraged, because he went 36-38 from the field with 30 lay-ups and four threes for 76 points by my count. Those are Wilt Chamberlain-esque numbers, and I see no reason why the maker of this video would give us anything but a fair sampling of Ingram's game.
It's just a short video and there's not much to go on, so take all this with a grain of salt. At first blush, though, it looks like Ingram is a shooting guard through and through, the kind of quick, athletic wing player that Fran obviously covets. In fact, he bears more than a passing resemblance to one Anthony Hubbard, although not quite as strong and a little less explosive (also approximately eight years younger). It's a little worrisome that Ingram is a shooting guard that doesn't look like much of a shooter, and that he displays scant evidence of a left-hand dribble, but he will at the very least provide some key qualities the Hawks currently lack: speed and the ability to get to the rim.