April 18, 2018
Andre Ingram graduated from American University in 2007 with a degree in physics. He was also a pretty good basketball player, finishing his career as the school’s fifth all-time leading scorer. He decided to give pro basketball a shot.
He landed in the NBA’s developmental league. He spent a LOT of time in the NBA equivalent of the minor leagues; in fact, he played in 384 minor league games and is the all-time G-League three-point scorer. But at the age of 33, some 11 years after his college days had ended, it looked like his dream of playing for an NBA team was slipping away.
On April 9th, Ingram, at 33 the oldest rookie to play in the NBA since at least 1964, suited up for the Los Angeles Lakers in that team’s penultimate regular-season game.
And Ingram made the most of the opportunity, draining his first-ever NBA shot (a three-pointer), and ending the game with 19 points (including four three-pointers in five attempts).
I’m guessing it was worth the wait.