Brandon Ingram.

Brandon Ingram says he models his game after Hall of Famer George Gervin

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The NBA Draft is now just one week away and the anticipation is building to discover where the new crop of talent will land. 

It would be a huge surprise if LSU's Ben Simmons and Duke's Brandon Ingram were not taken with the top two picks that are owned by the Philadelphia 76ers and L.A. Lakers respectively. 

Outside of those two players, though, how the rest of the draft plays out is anybody's guess. The likes of Dragan Bender, Buddy Hield, Jaylen Brown, Jamal Murray and Kris Dunn are expected to be the names that will feature in the top 10.  

One of the most interesting prospects is certainly Ingram. The 6'11" forward has all the attributes to become a star in the league.   

Despite his tender age of 18, there are high hopes for the youngster who has operated under the radar in preparation for the draft in comparison to Simmons who has garnered a fair amount of media attention. 

Ingram's playing style has often been compared to Kevin Durant due to his length and shooting ability - he hit 80 three-pointers this season.

In an interview with ESPN Radio on Wednesday morning, Ingram was asked if Durant is the player he most resembles in the league.

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He said that even though he doesn't mind the KD comparisons, he surprisingly models his game on another player.  

"I try to compare myself to Kevin Durant a lot," Ingram said. "Of course he's far beyond my years (in ages and experience). Even a guy named George Gervin, I look at his highlights a lot."

"In high school, my high school coach told me about him (Gervin) a lot and my dad told me about him a lot, and that inspired me to look at a lot of his highlights and I saw a lot of him in me."

The small forward's answer was certainly unexpected, but it shows the desire he has to study the game and the greats of the past and not just the present.  

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Ingram already comes across as a wise young player and that's not a huge surprise having been under the tutelage of legendary head coach Mike Krzyzewski.

Hall of Famer Gervin retired in 1986, 11 years before Ingram was even born, so it's a credit to the Duke product to even know the name of the legendary shooting guard let alone watch videos of his game. 

If Ingram has anywhere close to the career that "The Ice Man" had - he won four scoring titles and was a nine-time All-Star - he can expect a solid NBA career. 

Of course, Gervin's signature move was the finger roll, so it's only right to find out if the young star has it in his locker.

"Most definitely," he said with a laugh.

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