Donte Ingram's first season at Simeon has been a whirlwind.
Just as the 6-foot-5 junior, a transfer from Danville, was earning extended minutes off the bench, he was declared ineligible by the Illinois High School Association due to residency issues. The ruling came on Jan. 15, months after Chicago Public Schools had cleared him to play.
Then last week, with Ingram's residency resolved, the IHSA reversed course and he returned to his role as a key sub who can play multiple positions.
He hasn't made a big statistical impact, but he has benefited from the exposure of playing for Simeon.
Ingram knocked down 14 straight jump shots Tuesday before sitting down for a Q&A with the Tribune.
First basketball memory?
Playing outside on my third birthday.
Biggest influence in your career?
How do you like living in Chicago?
I like it. There's more activity.
What was your reaction when you found out you were eligible again?
I was happy. Relieved to get back.
What is your understanding of what happened with your eligibility?
My dad doesn't want me to talk about that.
Has it been difficult going from being a starter at Danville to coming off the bench?
I understood that at Simeon you have to play a role. I know I'm going to get better and get more exposure.
Are you hearing from any colleges?
Yes. Xavier, Iowa, Stanford, Marquette, Missouri State and a few other Big Ten schools.
Basketball plans for this spring and summer?