Brandon Xavier Ingram is an American professional basketball player who represents the New Orleans Pelicans in the NBA. He was picked by the Los Angeles Lakers with the second overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft.
Ingram was incredibly successful in his high school career where he represented the Kinston High School and won the state title in each of his four years. He was subsequently named North Carolina's Mr. Basketball. Brandon was rated as a five-star recruit and was considered one of the best high school prospects in the 2015 class. He was ranked as the No. 3 overall recruit by ESPN and was also awarded the Player of the Year by North Carolina Basketball Coaches Association (NCBCA).
He appeared for the Duke Blue Devils in college basketball for one season after which he declared eligibility for the NBA draft. The forward received his first ACC Rookie of the Week award after dropping 24 points over Indiana Hoosiers and 23 points over Buffalo Bulls. He scored 25 points and collected 9 rebounds in his ACC debut against the Boston College. Ingram had one of the best seasons ever for a young player at Duke, ranking in the top 3 among the school's all-time freshman leaders in scoring (third), three-pointers (second) and 20-point games (tied for second).
Brandon was 18 years-old when he was picked by the Los Angeles Lakers and was the second youngest player drafted in his class. He scored 16 points in his first start for the team against the Golden State Warriors. At the end of the campaign, he was named in the NBA All-Rookie Second Team.
Eventually he was traded to the New Orleans Pelicans along with Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart, draft rights to De'Andre Hunter, two first round picks, a first-round pick swap and cash in return for Anthony Davis. He is averaging 24.9 points, 6.4 rebounds while shooting 40% from beyond the arc in his first season for the Pelicans and was merited with his first NBA All-Star selection.