This is Amelia Rayno's third season on the Gophers men's basketball beat. She learned college basketball in North Carolina (Go Tar Heels!), where fanhood is not an option. In 2010, she joined the Star Tribune after graduating from Boston's Emerson College, which sadly had no exciting D-I college hoops to latch onto. Amelia has also worked on the sports desk at the Boston Globe and interned at the Detroit News.

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Junior college forward, Minneapolis native Ingram commits to Gophers

Posted by: Amelia Rayno under College basketball, Gophers players Updated: April 11, 2011 - 11:08 AM

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." 

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