Nov. 13, 2013
CHICAGO - Loyola University Chicago head men's basketball coach Porter Moser added a pair of talented guards for the 2014-15 by signing Donte Ingram (Danville, Ill./Simeon) and Ben Richardson (Overland Park, Kan./Blue Valley Northwest) to National Letters of Intent today. The pair joins a young and up-and-coming Rambler squad that is in its first season as a member of the Missouri Valley Conference.
"We are bringing in two kids with great character, who are well-rounded student-athletes and come from championship programs," Moser said.
A three-year letterman at Blue Valley Northwest High School, Richardson has played in three straight Kansas 6A State Championship games and during his prep career has helped his team to a staggering 71-4 (.947) record. In 2012-13, the 6-foot-2 guard averaged 12.8 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game to help Blue Valley Northwest to a 25-0 record, the Kansas 6A state title, and a No. 19 national ranking from USA Today.
Richardson was recognized with all-state and all-league honors last season and was an all-league selection as a sophomore in 2011-12. During the 2012-13 campaign, he connected on 48 percent of his attempts from three-point range and 83 percent of his tries from the foul line.
This season, Richardson's Blue Valley Northwest squad is ranked No. 18 in USA Today's 2013-14 preseason poll.
"The thing that stuck out to me about Ben was how complete of a player he is," Moser said. "He is an exceptional defender who combines quickness, tenacity and technique and takes a lot of pride at that end of the floor. His exceptional shooting ability stands out when you watch him play, but he does so much more than that. Ben is a tremendous passer, who can play either the one or the two spot, and will fit in well in our ball-screen offense. But, in terms of culture, along with Donte, he has been a state champion and having a background of being a winner and a champion means a lot to me as we build Loyola's program. In addition, he is also an exceptional student who is a great academic fit at Loyola."
Ingram, who stands 6-foot-6 and is the brother of former Loyola men's basketball player DaJuan Gouard (2001-05), played his first two seasons at Danville High School in Danville, Ill., before transferring to Simeon High School in Chicago for the 2012-13 season. At Simeon, he filled the role of sixth man and helped the Wolverines, who were led by Jabari Parker, to the IHSA Class 4A state title last season. He is the Ramblers' first Simeon High School product since Tim Bankston (1986-89).
During his time at Danville High School, Ingram was a Champaign News-Gazette Honorable Mention All-Area pick as a sophomore in 2011-12.
"Along with Ben, Donte comes from a state championship program," Moser said. "Getting a player from Simeon, I know Donte will have extreme toughness, is well-coached and comes from a program where winning comes first. When you see 6-foot-5 or 6-foot-6 guards, they were post players in high school trying to make the transition to guard in college. Donte has always been a guard who grew. He will be a long, athletic guard in the Missouri Valley Conference who brings extreme athleticism and toughness. He too will be a great fit in our ball-screen offense and is a terrific passer. Being the brother of former Rambler DaJuan Gouard, he and his family understand the importance of education and the value of a Loyola degree."
Loyola (1-1) is back in action when it visits Tulane on November 16.