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Coach Porter Moser, who will be leading the Loyola basketball program into the Missouri Valley Conference this season, tapped into the Simeon talent pool with a commitment from senior Donte Ingram.
Ingram took three unofficial visits to the Loyola campus and pulled the trigger Tuesday night, ending a recruitment that was just beginning to heat up for the up-and-coming 6-5 guard.
A solid student, Ingram was looking for the right combination of basketball and academics and found it with Loyola
“The academics were really important to me, and Loyola’s academics are very strong,” Ingram was quick to point out. “Basketball wise, the biggest thing for me was each time I went and visited I just could picture myself there, playing in their system and how it fits my style of play. I think Loyola is the place for me to better myself as a player and person.”
Ingram’s older brother, DaJuan Gouard, who is now the head basketball coach at Danville Community College, played at Loyola from 2001-2005 and was the Ramblers’ leading scorer during the 2004-2005 season.
Moser will welcome a big-bodied perimeter player who will bring great versatility and an ability to impact the game in a variety of ways with his defense, rebounding and growing offensive game. Ingram has terrific size and length, a maturing body and, more importantly, a rapidly improving perimeter shot.
As Ingram has grown more and more comfortable and confident in the Simeon system after transferring in from Danville prior to his junior year, his overall game has blossomed. He’s elevated himself into the City/Suburban Hoops Report’s top 20 prospects in the Class of 2014.
Loyola’s recruiting class also includes sharpshooting guard Ben Richardson, a 6-2 senior out of Kansas.