Andre Ingram’s Big Breakthrough

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An opportunity like this only happens once in a life time and the person who could get it was a man named Andre Ingram. He is an American basketball player who played 10 years of basketball overseas to get into the NBA at the age of 32 years old. He was born November 19, 1985 in Richmond, VA grew up in a family of four. Andre loved basketball from an early age and started practicing every day then, at the age of 12 he  started to beat his older brother by seven-years Lucius at the game of one-on-one.

His career started in high school where he played basketball in Highland Spring High School. He was so good that he led the school team to the AAA championship as a senior in 2002-2003. This was the first school title in years. In his high school career, he averaged 22.8 points and 9.5 rebounds per game, while he would shoot at a 49 percent from a three-percent range.

He was named the Associated Press Group AAA Player of the Year for his division. He would leave Highland Spring as a two-time district player of the year and the first team all central pick. For college he went to American University in 2003-2004 and even in college basketball was something that he would excel in.

He would average around 13.6 points per game and became the fifth ranked in the league. He was named the Patriot League Freshman of the year which made him the first American to win this award. While playing basketball in college he also managed to graduate from the university with a bachelor’s degree in physics.

After college, his professional career started on November 1, 2007, when Ingram was selected by the Utah Flash in the seventh round of the 2007 NBA Development League Draft. He spent four years with the Flash, and in that time, became the franchise’s all-time leading scorer with 2,098 points. He also ranked second in rebounds with 608, fourth in assists with  336, and third in steals with 184.

He spent the next 10 years playing overseas and in Los Angeles until the Lakers gave him a contract for the two games of the 2017-2018 final two games of the NBA season. He made his NBA debut the following day, scoring 19 points with four 3-pointers in a 105–99 loss to the Houston Rockets.  At 32 years old, Ingram became the oldest American rookie in the NBA since 1964.

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