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From the Anchor Desk
Wednesday, January 5, 2005
By Brian Bailey

Ingram primed to hit the hardwood


Pirate fans are really going to enjoy watching Jeremy Ingram over the next two and a half years. The transfer from Wake Forest will begin practicing with the East Carolina team on Friday.

He won’t be eligible to play until the second semester next season. He’ll then have the rest of next season, plus two years of eligibility to come.

“I can’t wait to get back at it,” Ingram told me during the ECU-St. Andrew's game on Monday night. “It’s going to be fun.”

Ingram is one of the all-time nicest guys you can be around. He simply got caught up in a numbers game at Wake Forest. The Deacons have a couple of All-American type guards in Justin Gray and Chris Paul. Ingram ended up on the outside looking in, and decided to transfer.

Nobody at Wake Forest ever had anything bad to say about Ingram. His work habits were outstanding, and his scholastic standing was solid.

He’ll really help East Carolina in a defensive mode, especially with the press. Bill Herrion hopes to have his defense turn up the heat, turning turnovers into easy offense. Ingram will certainly help in that regard.

Those of us that watched Ingram play at Kinston remember him and his new teammate, Corey Rouse, with the highflying Vikings. ECU assistant George Stackhouse, formerly the coach at K-Town, also knows a little about how these two can work on the fast break.

A win to build on

The East Carolina basketball team did exactly what it should have done on Monday night. The Pirates blasted Division II St. Andrew's 88-40.
It wasn’t a thing of beauty, but for a team that hadn’t won a game in a month, it was certainly just what the doctor ordered.

“We just needed a win,” said Pirate Coach Bill Herrion. “When you don’t win in a month it really takes a toll. Your confidence goes down, your attitude isn’t the same. Hopefully, this will be the start.”

If the Pirates thought they had it bad in December, check out the schedule to come. South Florida is a very difficult C-USA opener tonight. That game is followed by a road tilt at Charlotte, and then Cincinnati comes to Williams Arena.

“It’s a tough grind,” said Herrion. “We just have to prepare for each individual game as we go. Hopefully, this tough non-conference slate will help out down the road.”

Spring itch

The nice weather that we’ve had of late has me thinking baseball. Soon, the Pirates will open their brand new jewel of a baseball stadium with the Keith LeClair Invitational Tournament.

We need to save some of these 70-degree days for those brutally cold early days of the baseball season.

On second thought, there is a certain feeling that goes with braving the elements early in the baseball season. I guess it makes you appreciate those beautiful April nights on the diamond that much more!

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