Professional basketball small-time striker Brandon Ingram has been in the spotlight since he joined the Los Angeles Lakers after the 2016 NBA draft. The first-round player was drafted by Duke University as the second overall player behind Ben Simmons. Meanwhile, he only completed one season at Duke University before signing up for the NBA Draft. Learn more about Ingram below.
Brandon Ingram’s Bio (Age)
The talented player was born on September 2, 1997, in Kinston, Northern California in the United States of America as Brandon Xavier Ingram, the son of a certain Mr. Donald and his wife Joann Ingram. He grew up alongside his two half-brothers and sisters and attended Kinston High School, where his basketball career began in earnest. His brother Donovan, who grew up in another Kinston home, had taught him to play basketball, but his time in high school allowed him to hone his skills to be ready for greater heroics.
Brandon had played with his brother’s team before he was young, which consisted of kids much older than him, and even there his performance was outstanding. This early involvement with the game led him to master the rules of the game and play well. At Kinston High School, he led the school to state championships in all the four years he spent there. He was ranked a five-star recruit and in 2015 was among the best high school prospects in his class.
Shortly after graduating high school, he began his college basketball career with Duke University’s Blue Devils basketball team. He made his first appearance for the Blue Devils in two exhibition matches against Florida Southern and Livingstone. By the end of his freshman year, Ingram averaged 6.8 rebounds, 2.0 assists, and 17.3 points per game. After his wonderful performance, he was crowned ACC Rookie of the Year and was appointed to the AP All-American Team and the All-ACC Second Team. After his first season, Ingram announced that he would be entering the NBA, thus giving up the remaining three years of his college career.
NBA Career and Stats
Brandon Ingram was one of the most highly-rated prospects for the 2016 NBA Draft; he was projected into the top three, and that was the case when he was selected by the Los Angeles Lakers as the second overall player behind Ben Simmons of Louisiana State University. After the draft, Ingram signed his contract for the rookie year on August 23, 2016, and had his first professional appearance for the Lakers in their game against Houston Rockets on October 16, 2016. He finished his rookie year with an average of 4.0 rebounds and 9.4 points per game. The youngster was voted into the second NBA All-Rookie Team that year.
Before the regular season, 2017/18 Brandon Ingram participated in the NBA Summer League, where he made a remarkable impression with 26 points in his first game. As the season progressed, he made further progress and also participated in the NBA All-Star Weekend. In March 2018, he suffered a groin injury that resulted in him not playing in twelve games. Upon his return, he also suffered a contusion of the neck muscles, which excluded him for the rest of the season. He played a total of 59 games for the Lakers with an average of 5.3 rebounds, 3.9 assists, and 16.1 points per game.
Brandon Ingram’s Family – Parents and Girlfriend
As we mentioned earlier, Brandon Ingram was born to African-American parents Donald and his wife Joann Ingram. He has two older half-siblings, Donovan and Brittany. He shares the same father with Donovan, while he also shares the same mother with Brittany. They all grew up together in Kinston, North Carolina. His father previously worked as a police officer as well as the manager of a local gym, but currently works at a forklift plant.
His brother Donovan, also known as Bo, also played college basketball at the University of Texas Mavericks. After helping Ingram in the early days of his basketball career, Donovan also tried to make it into the NBA G-League but was dropped out before his career began. He has always been a big fan of his younger brother, both on and off-court.
Just like his successful basketball career, Ingram has an interesting love life. Before that, he was in a relationship with a lady named Tiffany. The two lovebirds met at Kinston High School. They loved and supported each other for several years until Tiffany broke up with the NBA star in May 2016. Their separation happened just a few weeks before his NBA draft.
However, in December 2017 Ingram was seen with The Weeknd’s ex-girlfriend, Bella Hadid. The duo spent a sexy night together at the New York hotspot Zuma. Although The Weeknd is trying to work things out with Hadid after the breakup with Selena Gomez, it seems that Hadid has another guy in mind. We wish them the very best.
His Height and Weight
Brandon Ingram is a very tall and handsome guy; he has an impeccable personality and great physique. His great ball-handling skills and versatility are unmistakable. He stands at a height of 6 feet 9 inches and weighs 86 kg. Ingram also has long arms and a 7 foot 3 inch wingspan, which has made him an impressive player when it comes to getting over defenders and blocking shots. Interestingly, he is only an inch taller than his NBA star and teammate LeBron James. His playing style can be compared to that of Kevin Durant.