A Queen City kid passed over by a bunch of college basketball coaches will be getting paid for his jumpers.
Former N.C. Central guard Jeremy Ingram has signed a contract to play for the Adanaspor Tigers in the Turkish Basketball Second League.
“I still can’t believe it,” Ingram said. “I feel very blessed and fortunate for another opportunity to be successful doing something I love. This is what I’ve worked my whole life for.”
NCCU coach LeVelle Moton saw something in Ingram that other recruiters didn’t.
“Here’s a young man that had very few scholarship offers coming out of high school, and now he has signed a professional contract,” Moton said. “He’s the prime example for hard work, determination and toughness. This is only the tip of the iceberg for his career and family.”
Ingram, who played at Charlotte’s East Mecklenburg High School, was the player of the year in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference this past season when he averaged 20.8 points per game. His shooting helped NCCU win the MEAC Tournament that put the Eagles in the Division I NCAA Tournament for the first time.
NCCU football players to get after it
DURHAM — N.C. Central’s football team starts fall practice for the 2014 season today at 3:30 p.m. on campus at O’Kelly-Riddick Stadium.
First-year NCCU coach Jerry Mack welcomed 90 players to preseason camp Thursday. The guys checked into their dorm rooms, underwent medical exams and received the equipment they’ll use to prepare for Game 1 against East Carolina on Aug. 30 (8 p.m., ESPNews).
The Eagles will break camp on Aug. 17. They start classes Aug. 18.
More love for Crowder
DURHAM — Duke wide receiver Jamison Crowder will be spotlighted on this weekend’s Emmy Award-winning Havoline Football Saturdays in the South episode (1 p.m., WTVD).
This week’s show features Crowder and his family members at their home in Monroe. The episode will highlight the special bond between Jamison and his brother, Jamaris.
Crowder is on the preseason All-ACC first team.
Last season, Crowder was a second-team All-American as a punt returner and a first-team All-ACC receiver with 108 receptions for 1,360 yards and eight touchdowns.
Wake RB Gibson suspended from team
WINSTON-SALEM — Wake Forest running back Dominique Gibson has been suspended from the team for violating undisclosed team rules.
Team spokesman Steve Shutt confirmed Gibson’s status Thursday, one day before the Demon Deacons begin their first preseason camp under new coach Dave Clawson.
Gibson is the team’s leading returning rusher, having gained 138 yards on 53 carries with a touchdown last season. He also caught eight passes for 87 yards with another touchdown.
Both Gibson and senior Orville Reynolds were considered the Demon Deacons’ top running backs during spring practice.
Spurrier: Clowney was not distraction
COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier said Jadeveon Clowney never was a burden for the Gamecocks last season, no matter how big of a distraction he seemed to be at times.
Clowney became the center of college football once he popped the helmet off Michigan tailback Vincent Smith at the 2013 Outback Bowl. He drew national coverage that put the affable defensive end — and the Gamecocks — in the spotlight nearly every day.
There won’t be same frenzy swirling around South Carolina when the Gamecocks open fall camp tonight.
In addition to Clowney, the No. 1 pick of the Houston Texans, other high-profile players including quarterback Connor Shaw, defensive tackle Kelcy Quarles, wide receiver Bruce Ellington and cornerback Victor Hampton are off to pro careers.
Clowney was a major part of the Gamecocks putting together three straight 11-2 seasons. It’s a pretty impressive run for a program that had only once before reached double-digit wins in 120 seasons of football.