The Lakers first round pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, Brandon Ingram, seems to have his head on straight. The former Duke Blue Devil is about to come into some major money when he officially signs his contract with the team. Sometimes all that money can be troublesome for young guys in Ingram’s position, but that doesn’t look like it will be the case for him.
Hailing from Kinston, North Carolina, Ingram has always been supported massively by his parents so he figured now would be a great time to repay them in some way.
A big way.
In a piece by ESPN’s Ian Begley, several rookies were asked about their first big purchase with their newfound fortune. Ingram likes to keep a low profile and has a maturity about him that is rare for a 19-year old, which he displays in his response (h/t Ryan Mayer of CBS LA).
Brandon Ingram, Los Angeles Lakers: I haven’t. But probably something for my family. Well, actually I just got my mom a house, and my dad. Probably a car for myself.
It was something I’ve always dreamed of. [My parents] provided so much for me, it was just a no-brainer. You always think about giving back to your family so, knowing that they did so much for me, I had to give back to them
With all the money that gets handed to these young kids, it would be easy to do some pretty stupid things with it, but Ingram seems well centered and that should also benefit the team and their young core.