Duke’s Brandon Ingram Could Be Sleeper for 2016 NBA Draft’s Top Spot

October 29th, 2015 by Jonathan Wasserman Leave a reply »

For the most part, the star power projected to drive the 2016 NBA draft discussion is fueled by two particular freshmen. I haven't heard of a preseason big board that didn't list LSU's Ben Simmons and Kentucky's Skal Labissiere at the top. From their physical growth to fundamental development, they've each put together strong, exciting cases for future pro potential. 

I'm just not so convinced we should automatically separate them into an impenetrable tier.

Just like it was last year, the door should be open to challengers for the No. 1 spot. And none poses more of a threat to Simmons and Skal than Brandon Ingram, Duke's prized freshman forward who also oozes NBA upside. 

At 6'9½" with a giant 7'3" wingspan, he brings power forward measurements to the wing position, which he'll eventually play in the NBA. Along with Kevin Durant, he'd be the only 3 man in the league (according to the DraftExpress database) with that much size and length (taller than Rudy Gay, Al-Farouq Aminu, Kawhi Leonard, Marvin Williams).

Ingram will likely spend some time at the 4 under coach Mik ...

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