Charlotte 49ers head coach Alan Major has announced the signing of 5-11 point guard Denzel Ingram (Chapel Hill, N.C./Chapel Hill H.S.) to a National Letter of Intent to play basketball for the 49ers.
Ingram, the NCBCA 3A Basketball Player of the Year, averaged 23.9 points, 7.6 assists, 4.5 rebounds and 3.2 steals as a senior at Chapel Hill High School. A first-team all-state selection and an AP all-classifications all-state choice, Ingram was also named the 3A Basketball Player of the Year by NCPreps.com. The Carolina 6 Conference champion Tigers went 26-2, including a perfect 25-0 record during the regular season under head coach Tod Morgan.
A high-scoring guard, Ingram completed his career ranked second all-time for the Tigers with 1570 points. The Tigers, likewise, had a 63-15 record during Ingram's career for a winning pct. of .808. Ingram played AAU ball with Garner Roads AAU.
"We're very excited to have Denzel join the 49ers family," Major said. "One thing about him that you see in both his AAU and high school careers, is he's a proven winner. He has the ability to score but one of his biggest assets is his ability to make his teammates around him better."
Ingram is a two-time Carolina 6 Player of the Year and a three-time all-conference player. He was also named District Player of the Year. This season, he scored 43 points in the Tigers 75-71 overtime victory over Broughton in the championship game of the highschoolOT.com Holiday Invitational. Named the tournament MVP, Ingram boasted the fifth-most points scored in a game in the 40-year history of the event.
Following the season, Ingram played in the Carolina All-Star Basketball Classic and this past weekend's Jordan Brand Regional All-Star Game at Charlotte's Time Warner Cable Arena. He will also play in July's East-West All-Star Game in Greensboro, N.C.
Ingram joins a stellar recruiting class that includes fall signees Willie Clayton, Darion Clark and Shawn Lester. Clayton, a 6-7 forward from Thomasville, Ga., was recently named MVP of Georgia's North-South All-Star game for the second straight year. Clark, a 6-8 power forward from Conyers, Ga., helped key Oak Hill Academy's perfect 44-0 season that included a #1 ranking in the final national polls. Like Ingram, Lester, a 6-3 guard from Mooresville, N.C. who scored 1500 points in his career, was selected to play in the Carolina All-Star Basketball Classic and the Jordan Brand Regional All-Star Game.