After locking down a big-time 2020 recruiting class, Roy Williams has pivoted his tactics of going after heavy-hitting recruits to the 2021 class. As a result, he has offered four five-star recruits, three of which are of the five best players in the country. In an effort to not ease off of the gas pedal, Williams has offered five-star small forward Harrison Ingram.
Per Inside Carolina, Ingram was offered last night following an unofficial visit last weekend, as well as some visits made by the coaching staff over the last few weeks. Ingram’s offer gives UNC their sixth overall offer to a member of the 2021 class, with the others being Paolo Banchero, Patrick Baldwin, Chet Holmgren, Kennedy Chandler, and Trevor Keels.
Ingram is a 6’7, 200-lb small forward from Dallas, TX and currently plays for St. Mark’s High School. He is currently ranked as the 16th best player in the country, and is the best player in the state of Texas. Ingram currently holds quite a few scholarship offers from schools like Texas, Stanford, Texas Tech, Arkansas, Memphis, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Baylor. Right now Stanford is considered the 100% favorite in 247 Sports’ Crystal Ball predictions.
As far as his game goes, Harrison Ingram is known as more of a power athlete than he is an explosive, high-rising athlete. He’s able to score on all three levels of the floor, and he’s another Swiss-army knife-type player that can play the one through four if needed. Ingram is a great passer with strong vision, and all of that is matched with a high basketball IQ, which is something that goes a long way in Roy Williams’ system. As far as the defensive side of the ball goes he’s pretty versatile in that regard, which is yet another strong plus in the eyes of the Tar Heels and would go a long way if paired up with the right personnel.
Roy Williams’ recruiting tactics have flipped a switch over the last few recruiting seasons, and it’s good to see his efforts pay off to this point. Landing the likes of Day’Ron Sharpe, Walker Kessler, and Caleb Love after landing players like Coby White, Nassir Little, and Cole Anthony over the last few years has shown that he’s back to his glory days of landing players that can come into the program and get the job done. One of the dangers of course is seeing five-star talent potentially leave the program early as a OAD, but landing players like Leaky Black, Anthony Harris, RJ Davis, and Puff Johnson has been a great way to fill in that gap (though keep an eye on Davis, because he keeps getting better and better as he finishes his high school career). It’s great to see things coming together, and hopefully Ingram will choose to join the list of players that have had a huge impact on Carolina basketball.
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