Butler CC forward Andre Ingram signs with Minnesota


Big day at Butler Community College as men’s forward Andre Ingram signed a letter of intent to play for Minnesota and Tubby Smith. Even better? The 6-foot-7, 235-pound  sophomore is from Minneapolis.

“It’s just amazing to think that I get to go home,” Ingram said. “I went to visit the campus and was just blown away by how nice everything was, and my family has never been able to watch me play the last two years but they’re going to now.”

And what did Smith tell him?

“He said he thought the way I played fit their system  and he thought I could make an impact,” Ingram said. “He’s definitely a hard person to say ‘no’ to.”

This marks the second year in a row that the Grizzlies and coach Mike Bargen have sent a forward to a high-major school, with Ingram following Caleb Walker, the Region VI player of the year who signed with Nebraska last year and had a nice season for the Huskers, who just missed out on the NCAA Tournament.

“We’re awfully excited for Andre to get the opportunity to play in the Big Ten, to get to got home,” Bargen said. “I’m not sure he understood what college basketball was all about, about the hard work it took to succeed when he first came here. He’s a different person now than he was then though … you could see the change.”

Full story in Wednesday’s Eagle.

I’m out. TA.


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