Jeremy Ingram Who´s Middle Name Is Buckets Is Ready For The Next Step After Dominating In The German Regionalliga

Jeremy Ingram (183-G-1991, college: AAMU) is a 191 cm guard that was born in Alabama and has played his entire professional career in Germany for teams like Speyer, Idstein, Bensheim and recently SG Mannheim. Last season he picked up South West Regionalliga player of the year while averaging (32.1ppg), 5.7rpg, 4.2apg, Steals-4 (2.6spg), FGP: 55.4%, 3PT: 35.4%, 9%. He began his career with Enterprise State Community College (JUCO) and then finished with Alabama A&M University (NCAA). He spoke to about basketball.

Thanks Jeremy for talking to Where are you at the moment and how is basketball life treating you at the moment?

Well right now I am actually all over the place. I have been traveling for vacations and Ive also recently started playing with the Summer Travel team ‘Der Stamm’ , so I’ve literally been everywhere lately.

Your last professional game was April 23rd where you scored 33 points in a win over Fellbach. When did you pick up a ball again? Is the basketball vibe always inside you or are you able to stay away from a ball for some days weeks?

After my last game , I literally flew to Spain the next day for vacation and then to the states 2 weeks later. I did a lot for my team this year so after the season my body needed the rest. I didn’t touch a ball for a month after the season. Would have been longer but I had a few workouts and tryouts for different teams. But the skill never leaves no matter how long I don’t touch the ball, but it’s the conditioning that affects me. I’m in great shape now though. I’ve been playing pretty much every other day now.

You just completed your sixth professional season and second with SG Mannheim. You won the scoring crown but the team lost a lot. How did you deal with the losing mentally?

Well mentally I knew what I was up against. I was really the only professional on the team so I was prepared for the challenge to be honest. I focused on getting better as a player and as a teammate while still trying to lead us to important wins, Which I did. So I’m satisfied with the results. Definitely the most losses I have ever had to deal with in 1 season though.

How difficult is it to defend at the Regionalliga level? You see so many high scoring games. Do you feel like coaches might focus more on scoring than defense?

I don’t think it’s very difficult to defend in this league. There are a couple players that are harder to guard of course but I led the league in steals also so I think I did a pretty good job defending also.

SG Mannheim had 5 guys 30 or older. The team had a lot of experience. Should a team that has more experience be able to defend better or is it more difficult to defend as your older?

With us having a older team, I think we definitely struggled with the younger energetic teams who likes to run and shoot 3s. Ultimately our goal was to slow the younger teams down and don’t let them run against us because then we would have a problem.

The team was 10-16 at the end of the season, but could have been way higher up on the standings as it lost 6 games by 4 or less points. How much of the blame do you give yourself for not being able to let your exquisite 1-1 abilities win games?

I blame myself for maybe 1 or 2 late game shots I should have made to win these games but at the end of the day if I didn’t score 30..40 points , we don’t even have a chance to win at all. So its no way I can blame myself too much but as a competitor and leader of the team instead of scoring 40, maybe I should have scored 42 then we would have won some of those games.

Two seasons ago with Idstein you began off very well averaging 26,0ppg after two games but then the season was cancelled. Did you ever wonder how that season would have gone for you had you been able to play it?

I honestly felt like we would won the league that year. I was told Giessen was supposed to be the best team that year but we beat them by 20 points. I was very ready to win it with that team. Very disappointing that we didn’t even compete to move up.

You had an incredible season averaging 32,1ppg, 5,7rpg, 4,2apg and 2,6spg. How would you rate your own season in terms of a school grade? I mean could of you scored even more if you wanted to?

I had an American coach this year and he really let me showcase ALL of my skills that some coaches wouldn’t really let me show because of the culture of European basketball. He put a lot of faith and trust in me to go out every night and do my thing and most importantly try to get the win so I credit all my success to him. But I think this was definitely my best individual season ever. Not just points , I led in steals also , 2 pointers , 3 pointers , efficiency, free throws, minutes and games played and still ended up top 5 in assists. I had a great year.

You picked up Eurobasket awards. How blessed are you to have played such a good season. What do you believe was the biggest attribute that allowed you to have this type of year?

My coach and my teammates believing I could go out and make plays all game was the biggest attribute to my success this year. I have played with players who didn’t want me to outshine them so they made it difficult for me to play. So without my team accepting me for me I couldn’t have had a season like this.

You averaged a crazy 38 minutes per game. You played 14 games straight out without a break and two games 45 minutes. What was key during the season to be able to keep this up? Did you have a special conditioning plan that you did on your own during the season?

I actually had no special conditioning plan actually, I just made sure to get massages regularly , a lot of ice, and physical thereapy, and a lot of ice baths and epsom salt baths. Took great care of my body. I had a lot of tough little injuries but I played through every one of them because that’s what Kobe would do! If I can breathe, I can play.

Did you feel some fatigue at the end of the season?

I felt fatigue since before Christmas break but I was going to finish the season no matter what.

You scored 40 points or more 5 times including 48, 47 and 46 points. Did it bother your competitive nature a bit that you didn’t reach 50 points?

Yes it still eats me up! I had 48 one game and I got fouled at the end to go shoot 2 free throws to make 50. I caught a cramp and couldn’t walk so they didn’t let me shoot the free throws and made me go off the court. That was my chance to score 50 and I caught a cramp!

You have always been a scorer in Germany. What steps do you feel did you make as a scorer this season?

My scoring this season was because of the freedom I had and the fact if I didn’t score these points we didn’t have a chance to win games. My other teams I could also be mainly a playmaker and score 20 points and still win. Situation was a little different for this team.

What other strides did you make in the other parts of your game like rebounding, assists, TO’s and defense?

I wanted everyone to know just because I average over 30 points I do pass also and I play defense. So I made sure to get my assists up and I made sure to keep leading the league in steals. So everyone always focused on my scoring this season but I did so much other things.

On what area’s of your game will you be working on most this summer so you can continue to make strides in your game?

I have been working on getting even faster. I always want to get stronger. But I want my handles to be even quicker, my 1st step to be even quicker, and more explosiveness

Miles Schmidt-Scheuber and Jeremy Ingram in Limburg, Germany in 2022

What is the next step for you? I’m sure you will have Pro B offers and maybe even a Pro A offer. Or might you take a new challenge in another country?

To be honest I want to play in other countries other than Germany but still play in Europe. Right now I have no idea where I would play. I want to play in the highest league possible no matter what country. Whoever wants me to play for them I’m appreciative.

You recently received a once in a lifetime opportunity to show your skills at the Hennessey NBA Court Beyond Limits showcase. How does a guy get a chance like that? Please talk about how you got this cool opportunity?

I have noticed in this basketball world is not about how good you are or how talented , even though that matters a lot. It’s about Who you know. It’s all about networking and my Mannheim coach knows and is connected with a lot of people so that’s how I got that connection to the der stamm team. But a lot of people saw me play this season so finally my ability to play basketball is being seen by more and more people.

Talk a little about the Hennessey NBA Court Beyond Limits showcase. What experiences did you make? How happy were you with your performance?

The NBA Hennessy game was exciting and I was glad to be a part of it. Unlimited Hennessy for 8 hours and people coming to watch us put on a show. It was so dope. And I was The MVP of the Game (so everyone says). But I played great and had a lot of fun and Berlin was dope too.

Talk a little about the other players who participated. Were there some really high level guys there?

Most of the guys all played in higher leagues than me . A couple Pro B and Pro A players . I enjoyed playing basketball with them and hanging out with them after the event.

I can imagine being able to network is huge at a place like this. Did you meet some important people?

I met a few important people and this showcase also gave a lot of people chances to actually see how nice I really am. So I definitely used this platform to show people I can really play.

Where does the legacy of Steph Curry stand right now after 4 NBA rings?

Other than Kobe Bryant, Steph Curry is my 2nd favorite NBA player all time . I can’t say he is Top 3 just yet .. but he is definitely top 10 . Who knows, maybe when he retired he will have worked his way into the Top 3 all time because he is amazing.

What is something that you want to do this summer that you haven’t done in a while?

I love thrills! Jet skis is my favorite thing to do in this world but now I am ready to go Skydiving. I feel like there’s no bigger thrill than that so I am ready to go skydiving, but all of my friends are too afraid to go with me.

Thanks Jeremy for the chat.

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