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2016-17 Player Report Cards: Dazon Ingram

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With the college basketball offseason approaching, we wanted to take a look back at the Crimson Tide’s season. We will be breaking down each individual player on the Alabama men’s basketball team and grading his performance for the 2016-17 season. Next up Is Dazon Ingram.

He was recruited to the University of Alabama by Anthony Grant, but Dazon Ingram played his first two seasons under head coach Avery Johnson. After a promising start to his true freshman year in 2015-16, the Theodore (Ala.) native would suffer a left foot injury that sidelined him for the remainder of the season.

In his return, Ingram was a catalyst in getting the Crimson Tide on the bubble for the NCAA Tournament, getting into the semifinals of the Southeastern Conference Tournament and ultimately earning a three seed in the National Invitation Tournament. The 6-foot-5, 205-pound point guard possesses the ability to score in bunches, create opportunities for others and be sound on the defensive end.

While he finished second in points – 360 total points scored, 10.6 points per game – Ingram led Alabama in assists (113), steals (30), double-doubles (two) and three-point percentage (42.9%). Despite being a guard, he was productive on the glass, collecting 152 rebounds (fourth on team). Reaching double-figures was never an issue for him, as Ingram dropped 10 points or more in 18 games last season.

One rule that basketball shares with life is that we must take the good with the bad.

Whether it’s high school, college or the National Basketball Association, guards are pegged to be players that shoot a high percentage from the foul line. Ingram failed to produce at the charity stripe, making just 63.4 percent of his shots. However, it was the turnovers that would become an Achilles heel for Ingram during marquee games.

In all eight of the Tide loses in SEC play and in the semifinals against Kentucky, he turned the ball over 31 times. His seven turnovers versus Florida in an 80-67 loss at Coleman Coliseum was Ingram’s season-high in conference play. He had the second most turnovers on the team, which is never what you want from a primary ball handler. Aggressiveness is part of playing quality defense, but doing too much can be a problem. During a few conference games, Ingram would find himself fouling out before he could get into a rhythm on offense. As a result of him being out, more pressure was placed on Key and others off the bench to move the ball and create shot opportunities.

Overall, Ingram generates more positive than negative. Should he improve his free throw percentage and protect the ball more, the rising sophomore will be a star in years to come.

2016-17 Final Grade: B

Stephen M. Smith covers Alabama men’s basketball for Bama Hoops Hype. You can like him on Facebook or follow him on Twitter, via @Smsmith_TDALMag.

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