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GARDEN GROVE, CA - AUGUST 1:  Brandon Ingram poses for a portrait during the 2014 adidas Nations on August 1, 2014 at Next Level Sports Complex in Garden Grove, California. (Photo by Kelly Kline/Getty Images)
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VIDEO: Duke’s Brandon Ingram shows ridiculous hops

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Duke freshman forward Brandon Ingram is entering the 2015-16 season with a lot of expectations after being considered a top-five prospect by many recruiting analysts.

The 6-foot-9 forward has a 7-foot-3 wingspan and he can also play well above the rim, so it makes for a ridiculous vertical that Duke showed on its Instagram page.

Coming to a court near you, and no rim is safe😳 • • @b_ingram13

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GOING UP ON A TUESDAY 🐇🐇 @b_ingram13

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Duke lands five-star Class of 2015 wing Brandon Ingram

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One of the final major pieces of the 2015 class committed on Monday as five-star small forward Brandon Ingram pledged to Duke. The 6-foot-9 Ingram finished as the No. 4 overall prospect in Rivals‘ final Class of 2015 rankings and the North Carolina native immediately plugs a huge hole on the wing left by the NBA Draft departure of freshman wing Justise Winslow.

With his ability to hit shots from all over the floor, Ingram is one of the most lethal scorers in the 2015 class and gives Duke an immediate offensive boost after the team lost so much after winning the national championship. With a 7-foot-3 wingspan, Ingram is a long and versatile wing who can play in a number of different spots on the floor for Duke next season. Ingram can hit shots from 3-point range, has a deadly mid-range game and has also improved playing through physical contact while attacking off the bounce. Duke could opt to go big and play Ingram at the small forward, or go the more skilled route and put him at the four as yet another shooter to space the floor.

Now that Duke has added Ingram and reclassified five-star point guard Derryck Thornton Jr. in the last few weeks, they currently sit at No. 8 in the NBCSports.com Way-Too-Early Preseason Top 25 for next season. Joining Ingram and Thornton in Duke’s 2015 recruiting class is five-star big man Chase Jeter, five-star shooting guard Luke Kennard and three-star big man Antonio Vrankovic.

For the second consecutive year, Duke has the No. 1 recruiting class in America, according to Rivals.

MOREMixtape of Brandon Ingram 

Ingram has always been a touted wing prospect because of his skill level and ability to hit shots from all over the floor, but he exploded on the scene as a major national prospect when he went toe-to-toe with Jaylen Brown at the adidas Unrivaled Camp in Chicago during the first July evaluation period last summer. Since then, Ingram has continued to get better, culminating in a huge week at the McDonald’s All-American Game and also being selected to the 2015 Nike Hoop Summit.

A native of Kinston, North Carolina, Ingram selected the Blue Devils over other finalists Kansas, Kentucky, North Carolina, N.C. State and UCLA. Kinston won a state title this season as Ingram averaged 24.3 points, 10.4 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 3.0 blocks and 1.6 steals per game.

Kentucky commit Skal Labissiere tops Rivals’ final Class of 2015 rankings

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Rivals released its final ranking of the Top 150 players in the Class of 2015, and the SEC commitment at the top of the list isn’t the player some would expect to be in that spot.

Skal Labissiere, who’s headed to Kentucky next season, leads the way in the Rivals150 rankings with LSU commit Ben Simmons next in line. Labissiere played well in both the Nike Hoop Summit and Jordan Brand Classic this month, with his 21-point, six-rebound, six-block performance helping lead the World Team past the United State Select Team at the former.

Labissiere posted a double-double at the Jordan Brand Classic, tallying 11 points, 12 rebounds and two blocks in 19 minutes of action. As for Simmons, he helped lead Montverde Academy to a National High School Invitational title in late March and also played in the McDonald’a All American Game in Chicago.

The remainder of the top five consists of forwards Jaylen Brown, Brandon Ingram and Cheick Diallo, with all three yet to commit to a school for next year. Their decisions, along with those of guard Malik Newman and forward Thon Maker (who are ranked eighth and ninth, respectively), will go along way towards shaping preseason expectations in college basketball for next season.

Rounding out the top ten in the Rivals 150 are Maryland commit Diamond Stone at six, Cal commit Ivan Rabb at seven, Newman, Maker and Kentucky commit Isaiah Briscoe at ten.