Stanford basketball forward Harrison Ingram will leave the 2022 NBA draft process and return to the Cardinal, he announced via Twitter. Getting Ingram, the 2022 Pac-12 Rookie of the Year, is a huge win for Stanford and his coach Jerod Haasewho will be looking to make some noise in his seventh season as Stanford coach.
Ingram appeared in all 32 Stanford games last season with 30 starts. The 6-foot-7 forward earned Rookie of the Year honors after averaging 10.5 points, which ranked second on the team, and 6.7 rebounds per game, which led Cardinal. He hit 38.8% of his shots from the field, shooting a respectable 31.3% clip from 3-point range.
He also had a stellar year on the defensive side of the ball, recording eight blocks and 30 interceptions. His steals total was second on the team, behind goaltender Michael O’Connell’s 32 steals.
Ingram signed with Stanford in 2021 at Dallas (Texas) St. Mark’s High School. The 247Sports Composite ranked him as the No. 19 prospect nationally, the No. 6 small forward, and the No. 2 prospect at Texas State. A McDonald’s All-American, he chose the Cardinal over offers from several notable programs, including Texas Tech, North Carolina, Tennessee, Arkansas, Kansas, Michigan and several others.
247Sports analyst Brandon Jenkins rated Ingram and projected him as a future first-round pick in the NBA Draft.
“An extremely versatile prospect with an old-school type pace and game, Harrison Ingram’s professional projection is based on his high IQ,” Jenkins wrote in his review. “He’s a winner and the ultimate competitor who is one of the smartest prospects in the country, both on and off the pitch. He has a bright future in all aspects of life. That’s a point. forward who uses craftsmanship, skill and intelligence to dominate plays. Ingram can play with or without the ball. He plays at his own pace and is one of the best passers in the class. He is extremely lethal playing with his back to the basket where he can score or locate shooters from any area of the floor.Although he is not a fantastic athlete, Ingram is productive on the glass and competitive on defense.His elite IQ and his skills make him one of the best prospects in the class and he is someone who will surpass his physical tools as a player and producer.
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Stanford finished the 2021-22 season with a 16-16 record, including an 8-12 Pac-12 record. The Cardinal had a pretty solid showing in the Pac-12 tournament with a first-round win over Arizona State and a near ticket from top-seeded Arizona in the quarterfinals.