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Former Iowa guard Patrick Ingram transferring to IUPUI

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In his lone season at Iowa, 6-2 guard Patrick Ingram didn’t see a substantial amount of playing time due in part to the presence of veterans such as the now graduated Eric May and Devyn Marble, as well as freshman Mike Gesell.

After playing just 5.8 minutes per game, the Indianapolis native made the decision to transfer. On Friday it was reported by Kyle Neddenriep of the Indianapolis Star that Ingram has decided to transfer to IUPUI. Ingram’s decision comes one day before he was supposed to visit Evansville.

“I just felt like it was the best thing,” Ingram said. “I’m going to be an intricate part of the team and I liked the role coach (Todd) Howard told me he thought I’d have. I had a good vibe about it when I stepped on campus.”

After playing at least six minutes in three of Iowa’s first four Big Ten games Ingram played no more than three minutes in any of the Hawkeyes’ games for the rest of the season, failing to see any action in ten contests.

Ingram’s career high for minutes was his 21-minute outing in Iowa’s 90-46 win over South Carolina State on December 19, in which he accounted for two points, three rebounds and three assists.

After sitting out the 2013-14 season per NCAA transfer rules, Ingram will have three years of eligibility remaining. In the backcourt IUPUI will lose three seniors at the end of the 2013-14 campaign, Ian Chiles (10.2 ppg in four games), P.J. Hubert (5.6 ppg) and Ja’Rob McCallum (sat out last season after transferring in from Milwaukee).

IUPUI will take a summer trip to Italy next month, playing three games against teams that have yet to be determined. Per NCAA rules the team will also have ten practices to use before leaving on August 9, which should help coach Howard’s team from a chemistry standpoint.

IUPUI finished the 2012-13 season with a 6-26 record, going 1-15 in Horizon League play.

Raphielle can be followed on Twitter at @raphiellej.

Utah lands top-75 center Jayce Johnson

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Utah picked up its center of the future on Monday as four-star center Jayce Johnson pledged to the Runnin’ Utes, a source confirmed to The 7-foot Johnson recently cut his list to Cal, Colorado and Utah with the possibility of reclassifying to the Class of 2015.

Regarded as the No. 67 overall prospect in the Class of 2016, Johnson will look to attend Utah in December as a walk-on who will redshirt. While Johnson likely won’t play this season, he does give head coach Larry Krystkowiak another big man to use in practice to go against sophomore center Jakob Poeltl. A solid long-term prospect, Johnson has a good frame to add weight and he’s also skilled finishing with both hands. Utah now has its replacement for Poeltl if he opts to leave for the NBA after the season and he gets an extra semester to work with the program.

Johnson is coming off of his official visit to Utah this weekend as he joins junior college guard Jojo Zamora in the Class of 2016.


PHOTO: South Carolina gets new uniforms

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South Carolina debuted some new uniforms early this week as the school is going with a fresh look and three color ways.

They’re also going to with the “Carolina” branding this season, but I think these new uniforms look pretty cool.