basketball team will get a big boost Sunday when they travel to Rock
Hill, South Carolina to face Winthrop. Wake Forest transfer Jeremy
Ingram will be eligible to play in his first game for the Pirates. The
Kinston native will bring a load of athleticism and quickness to the
court that should help the Pirates.
But don't expect Jeremy to be a savior right away. The sophomore hasn't
played in a competitive game in almost two years. Ingram saw limited
action as a freshman at Wake Forest and re-aggravated a knee injury
which has hampered him ever since. But after several surgeries, Jeremy
says he is as healthy as he's ever been. Sitting out a year per
transfer rules was probably a blessing in disguise. It gave him
adequate time to rehabilitate his knee. Now it's a matter of working
off the rust.
When Jeremy played at Kinston high school, he was a good defender with
rim rattling explosiveness. He averaged 19 points and 8 rebounds per
game for the Vikings. His one weakness was a consistent outside shot,
but he has three point ability, something the Pirates desperately need.
The other quality Ingram brings to the program is good character. You
will never meet a nicer, more genuine person than Jeremy. He has a
megawatt smile and a kind word for everyone he comes into contact
with. He also has the ability to make everyone feel good about
themselves with the simplest of greetings.
No doubt Jeremy will be a good teammate and a great leader. But will he
be enough to lead ECU to its first winning season in nine years? We
know he and Corey Rouse have great chemistry. They helped lead Kinston
to the state finals in 2001, and back to the regionals in Greenville
2002. Here's hoping he is the missing ingredient in Ricky Stokes' plan.
Either way it will be fun to see a guy I've been watching for seven
years suit up in the purple and gold. Call it an early Christmas
present for all Pirate fans.