|Year||Source||Height w/shoes||Height w/o shoes||Weight||Wingspan||Standing Reach||Body Fat||No Step Vert||Max Vert|
|2015||Hoop Summit||6'9.5"||6'8"||196||7'3"||9' 1.5"||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Year||Source||Height w/shoes||Height w/o shoes||Weight|
|Wingspan||Standing Reach||Body Fat||No Step Vert||Max Vert|
Size: Compares in height and length to: Giannis Antetokoumpo. Giannis was listed by Draftexpress in their 2013 scouting video as 6'9", 196 pounds, 7'3" wingspan.
Brandon Ingram is currently listed as 6'8" w/o shoes, 7'3" wingspan, 196 pounds. He often gets compared to Kevin Durant because of his skinny frame, but he has bulked up to his current 196 pound weight.
Unlike most small forwards, both Ingram and Antetokounmpo have the standing reach of a power forward or center. Ingram has a listed standing reach of 9'1.5", equivalent to Andre Drummond, Steven Adams, and Myles Turner.
General athleticism: I like to breakdown athleticism into multiple categories, directional quickness (first step), lateral quickness, sprint speed, vertical ability, reflexes/timing, and strength.
In terms of athleticism, like Giannis, Brandon doesn't have an explosive first step. Often, he'll attack the basket and the defender will be right on his hip or along his side. The defender can wall off dribble penetration relatively easily. Giannis was similar as a raw 18-year old prospect. Both players used long strides to accelerate and attack the hoop, but Ingram doesn't drive downhill in a half-court set unless he has space. Giannis, on the other hand, shows what happens with proper NBA training. Not only does he look quick and fast off-the-dribble, but he can Euro-step with speed and still explode up off of a Euro-step.
Ingram's lateral agility is good, although it may be tough for him to cover quick, stronger prospects such as Kevin Durant, LeBron James, and Paul George. Early on, he'll need to use wingspan and standing reach to add extra space to deny dribble penetration, while being able to contest perimeter shots.
In the open court, Ingram has very good speed. There is a possibility that he can get faster with added strength.
In terms of vertical ability, Ingram has shown that he can actually power up and finish when he gathers up.
With his wingspan, he has more confidence with his ability to finish over defenders. Adding strength only helped his vertical ability. This also shows when he comes to block a shot along the weakside or extend up for rebounds. His hands can often be found near the top of the backboard square, roughly the 11' mark.
Although Ingram is considered very lightweight by NBA standards, he is stronger than most think. He entered his freshman season just above the 170 pound mark, and bulked up to his current 196 pounds. While he is considered light, he has a surprisingly strong base. He does not get pushed around too much and can hold his own in the painted area. If anything, he projects well as a high output rebounder with his given wingspan, length, and current base. He will lapse in terms of boxing out. It seems like half the time, he forgets to just seal off his assignment while going for the rebound. He plays heavy minutes at 34.5 per game, but averages just 7. The physical tools are all there for improvement.
Offensive skill set: Painted area: When Ingram is able to attack the basket effectively, there are three pet moves he goes to. When he attacks going right, he is able to use his length and finish at the cup. When he attacks going left, his left-handed dribble isn't a lead dribble, but instead, it's protected with his body. Lamar Odom had this same issue going right. Since he doesn't accelerate going left as he does right, he will often pull up for a contested 7' to 10' shot. He clearly has the length and wingspan to shoot over defenders, but a tightly contested shot, especially when the defender is making contact around his base, affects his shot. This is a big reason why his 2-point field goal percentage is 46% and not higher.
His third move is to utilize a spin move. When he feels the defender cut off his initial line to the hoop, he'll make a spin move that puts him right in front of the basket, where he can finish on pure reach alone.
Mid-range to Long 2: As said earlier, he has a limited amount of moves. He has one move that is similar to Kobe Bryant, and it is his most basic move; a jab step into a pull up shot. Ingram's physical tools simply allow him to shoot over ever NCAA SF or PF that is out to defend him. With the extra bit of space after a jab step, he can get his shot off. If a defender bites on a fake, he'll go straight into his dribble penetration move. See above.
3-point range: Right now, he is a flat out spot up shooter. He isn't too comfortable shooting the ball off-the-dribble from extended range. Throughout the season, his shot pocket has altered slightly, raising up and leading to a higher release point. Before, the release point would have his arm at a 45* angle. Now? It's more like 50*, with full follow through. His 3-point percentage went up as the season progressed, and instead of being a mid-30% shooter, he is now up to 41.6%, excellent at the NCAA level.
Playmaking: Ingram is an average playmaker right now. He is unselfish with the basketball, but has a good understanding of when the team needs him to score. Grayson Allen is the #1 option for Duke, but Ingram likes to isolate on the left side of the floor in high post position or in a face up position to create a shot. He understands the upside of advancing the ball up in transition and kicking out to shooters. A bit more time is needed to find open players in post position, but a borderline A/TO of 1:1 is indicative of solid hoop IQ. He is advanced by age considering he is the age of a HS senior.
Defensive skill set: If there was one way to define how he plays defense, it's very simple. He's getting by on basic defensive IQ and all of his phyiscal tools.
Laterally, he moves well, But as mentioned earlier, he needs to back up a bit to deny dribble penetration. When his opponent attacks the basket, he has issues keeping up, and his lack of upper body strength gets him out of position. The man attacking the basket can shed him off a bit with a shoulder bump, a strength and balance issue.
Under the rim, he does a fair job of rim protection. He's not the type that will cut across the key and gather up for a weakside block. With modern NCAA rules, he can sit in the paint and jump up vertically for the swat.
Considering his athletic ability and defensive tools, he is definitely more mindful of protecting the rim than stealing the basketball along the perimeter. He has played at the top of a 3-2 zone, man-to-man defense, and underneath the hoop. Further development is needed in regards to handling perimeter players and denying dribble penetration as well as passing lanes. When someone squares up to shoot, Ingram is great at chasing down and contesting the shot without fouling.
Rebounding: There are rebounders, there are guys that get rebounds, and there are guys that have rebounds fall to them. Unfortunately, Ingram is of the latter, not the former. He has an average rebound rate of nearly 7 per game with 34.5 minutes of play. That is just above average for a power forward, but as mentioned earlier, could easily become 10-12rpg given his physical tools. His base is stronger than expected. He has excellent reach. He has a solid vertical, and can explode up when he's on the run. Ideally, he would be like having a 3rd bigman rebounder in the front line, especially with his standing reach and athletic ability.
Conclusion: Brandon Ingram is a player of tremendous upside. He may not have the hype of Ben Simmons or Andrew Wiggins, but he does a lot with his basic skill level. Usually, that is a foundation of someone indicative of a tremendous upside. With those basic skills, he is already the 2nd leading scorer for Duke and maximizes his effectiveness mostly as a scorer, but also as a rebounder and interior defender.
What kind of player could he be in the future? It could go several ways. While he compares size-wise to Antetokounmpo, they have very different styles of basketball skills. Giannis was essentially a point forward out of Greece that loved to attack the hoop. He looked like a guy that had never seen a gym before.
Ingram, on the other hand, already has shown range, basic moves to become an effective scorer, and already bulked up to his curent 196 pound weight. How much more weight can he add on early in his career? Will it add more athleticism as well? I'm not a kinesiology major, but I do know that every player's body takes weight training differently. Antetokoumpo is completely transformed. It also helps to have the hands the size of a center. Ingram may not have as much of an effect. But, if Ingram is able to gain up to 80% of Giannis' athletic ability, develop a few counters along the perimeter, and have a better idea of how to play the perimeter defensively, he can become a matchup nightmare for NBA teams.