Brandon Ingram is a 6-foot-9 versatile wing who can handle the ball, get to the basket at-will using his 7-3 wingspan and knockdown threes with marksman-like efficiency.
Ben Simmons is a 6-10, all-everything point forward who uses his versatility to dominate on the court and make his teammates better.
Ingram averaged 17.3 points, 6.8 rebounds, two assists and 1.4 blocks at Duke last season, while Simmons averaged 19.2 points, 11.8 rebounds and 4.8 assists a game last season at LSU.
Come Thursday, NBA commissioner Adam Silver will call one of their names to join the Philadelphia 76ers with the first pick in NBA Draft.
We had each player’s high school coach chime in with their spiel on why their former player should be called.
Ingram’s coach at Kinston (Kinston, N.C.) Perry Tyndall: “Well, I’m definitely partial, but Brandon’s upside is tremendous. The NBA is a league where you’ve gotta be able to shoot the ball and that’s his strength. He’s got so many different skill sets that translate well on that level. He’s great in transition with the ball in his hands, he’s long and he can defend most positions because of his length. But the biggest thing is that Brandon is the most driven player to come through here. He’s got an internal drive to be great. Of course I’m not knocking Simmons, I’m only talking about Brandon. He’s always been about doing whatever needs to be done to make his team successful. He’s not looking for individual accolades; those things come for him as a byproduct of hard work and understanding that when you’ve got a good group around you and you share a common goal that other stuff tends to fall into place. He’s always understood that. He won four-straight state titles and that’s not an easy feat. He’s gonna make a great pick for any team. He’s ready to go where he’s celebrated and play for a team that really wants him. He’s ready to go in and make a difference.”
Check out how Ingram dominated HS.
Simmons’ coach at Montverde (Fla.) Kevin Boyle: “Brandon Ingram’s obviously a good player, but, to me, there’s only one guy in the Draft that can be a First-Team All-Pro. Doesn’t mean Ingram won’t be a really good player; I just feel like the other guys in this Draft have a “Harrison Barnes” upside. Barnes is a really good player, but he’ll never be All-Pro and may never be an All-Star. Ben’s got 15-year All-Star, All-Pro potential. Nobody with any basketball knowledge is gonna tell you to take anybody but Ben first. Ben is just a different level.”
Check out how Simmons dominated HS.
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