Ambition and ability still matter on the basketball court.
It doesn’t matter that the 5-foot-4 guard is usually one of the smallest players when he steps on the national stage because he proves to be one of the biggest playmakers on the court.
Lamebull-Ingram showed that once again over the weekend when he made the top-20 game at Chris Paul’s National Middle School Combine, an invitation-only event in Charlotte, North Carolina, that attracted 180 of the top sixth, seventh and eighth graders.
“I played hard this weekend but could have done a lot better,” he told me. “Camps can be hard because everyone is trying to shine, so not a lot of sharing the ball. I still like to get my team involved, though.”
He got invited to CP3’s event mainly through making the top-5 at the Elite Basketball Circuit Jr. All-American camp in California this summer.
“I put in a lot of work,” he said. “When I go to camps I know I have to work 110 percent harder than the guy next to me. I’m just a kid from Alaska; no one knows me.
“But by the end of the weekend my goal is to change that.”
Lamebull-Ingram has a habit of breaking stereotypes about Alaska players while breaking ankles at the same time. The kid has handles, and quickness – a wicked combination he uses to maneuver around taller defenders.
He’s gained national notoriety the last few years based on his performances at elite camps all over the country.
“The travel part is a lot of fun. It is like my reward for working so hard in the gym,” Lamebull-Ingram said. “I try not to pay attention to the exposure. It doesn’t really mean much until high school.”
Before then, though, he just wants to be a teenager.
“I have my fingers crossed that we will get some snow so I can snowboard,” Lamebull-Ingram said. “Now that CP3 is done I think my parents will let me go.”