LOS ANGELES – It was a dream debut.
American University men's basketball alumnus Andre Ingram toiled through 10 seasons in the NBA 'G' League before making his NBA debut Tuesday night with the Los Angeles Lakers.
Ingram hit 6 of 8 shots from the floor, including 4 of 5 from 3-point range, scoring 19 points off the bench in a 105-99 loss to the Houston Rockets.
In 29 minutes, Ingram also had three blocked shots and a steal.
According to Lakers.com, Ingram recorded the highest-scoring debut by a Laker since Nick Van Exel in 1993.
The Lakers play the Los Angeles Clippers tonight in the final game of the regular season. Neither the Lakers nor the Clippers will be in the NBA Playoffs.
Ingram, a three-time All-Patriot League selection, earned a bachelors degree in physics from American in 2007.
Ingram's debut was trending worldwide on Twitter during last night's game and postgame.
A listing of stories and links of Ingram's debut:
Andre Ingram is 32, has graying hair and a degree in physics. He's older than Dwight Howard, once crushed Jimmer Fredette in a 3-point contest and took almost an entire year off to let his wife finish college. Just your typical NBA rookie. https://t.co/1G15iK8WUy— NYT Sports (@NYTSports) April 11, 2018
After a decade in the minors, a former American University guard finally gets his chance with the Lakers https://t.co/n2a9alMp1j— Dan Steinberg (@dcsportsbog) April 10, 2018
So who, exactly, is Ingram? And what made his performance Tuesday night so special? https://t.co/h1ayHuoYRL— USA TODAY Sports (@usatodaysports) April 11, 2018