But by averaging 16 points and 12 rebounds a game, shooting 40 percent from the field and playing his part as one of the Chiefs’ key defenders, Ingleton has managed to set himself apart.
“He’s huge for us,” Sequoyah coach Jeremy Adams said of Ingleton. “He does a lot of good things for sure. When he plays well, we are a pretty good team.”
When asked if he felt Ingleton was concerned with being overshadowed by the success of his brother, 2,193-yard rusher Blake — the Ingletons are fraternal twins, with Blake 20 minutes older — or his teammate, Solomon Ajose, Adams dismissed the idea.
“Honestly, all he really worries about is winning,” Adams said.
Ingleton echoed those sentiments.
“No, I don’t feel that (I’m overshadowed),” Ingleton said. “We all have our part to do in the team, and I do mine.”
As a 6-foot-3 power forward, Ingleton has become a force for the Chiefs beneath the basket this year, something that his performances in Sequoyah’s run to the championship game of last week’s Deep South Classic in Snellville clearly showed.
In the tournament’s first-round game Thursday night against North Oconee, the 6-foot-3 Ingleton tallied 20 points and a team-record 25 rebounds.
After adding 15 points and 18 rebounds against Duluth in Friday’s semifinal, Ingleton finished off the tournament with 17 points and 11 rebounds in the final against tournament host Brookwood on Saturday.
As one of the Chiefs’ primary rebounders, Ingleton takes his role very seriously.
“In my head, I just have to get every rebound out there,” he said. “I have the mentality that, if I don’t get it, chances are the other team will.”
“He is the kind of guy that goes and gets the ball for us,” Adams said. “He has a knack for finding the ball.”
Adams attributed Ingleton’s ability to win the battle beneath the basket to his work ethic.
“He plays insanely hard,” Adams said. “He’s undersized in the post a lot of the time, so he has to play harder than anyone else.”
When asked how instrumental Ingleton had been in Sequoyah’s success this season, as well as its current 12-3 record, Adams said he was just as important as anyone on the roster.
What makes Ingleton’s high level of performance somewhat surprising is the fact that he only became serious about playing basketball when he made the Chiefs’ freshman team, and only began starting on the varsity team once he was a junior.
“He’s not just a great kid, he hasn’t even been playing very long,” Adams said. “He has come a long way (in the past two years).”
Despite his relative inexperience compared to other players who have been playing longer, Adams expects Ingleton to be playing at the college level next year.
“Someone is going to get a steal when he goes to college next year,” Adams said. “He does so many things that are invaluable on the court that you can’t really measure. For him, the sky is the limit.”