Junior college forward, Minneapolis native Ingram commits to Gophers
April 11, 2011 — 11:08am
And then there were four.
The Gophers added another member to their 2011 recruiting class when Butler Community College (Kansas) forward Andre Ingram was offered a scholarship and committed to the program over the weekend, according to his junior college coach MIke Bargen.
Ingram, a 6-7 power forward, played high school ball at Minnesota Transitions. He joins Hopkins star Joe Coleman, Tennessee Mr. Basketball Andre Hollins and junior college point guard Julian Welch in Tubby Smith's fourth recruiting class. Ingram has two more years of eligibility.
Bargen said Ingram was pursued by Duquesne, Green Bay, Milwaukee, South Dakota, North Dakota, Western Illinois, Eastern Illinois and Illinois State before he committed to the Gophers during an official visit.
He said Ingram is an athletic forward who wanted an opportunity to play in front of friends and family in Minneapolis. And he said he expects Ingram to evolve under Smith.
"He's just kind of touched the tip of the iceberg on what his potential can be," Bargen said.
He added that Ingram took care of his responsibilities away from the floor, too.
"Great kid … He’s not a low maintenance [player], he’s a no maintenance [player]. We don’t have to worry about him going to class."
Marcus Fuller joined the Star Tribune in 2016 after 11 years covering Gophers sports – and just about every other team and league in town -- for the St. Paul Pioneer Press. Before making the Twin Cities his home, Marcus spent two years in The Kansas City Star sports department. Marcus grew up in Hawaii and is a 2002 graduate of San Jose State. Follow Fuller on Twitter @Marcus_R_Fuller.