DANVILLE (WCIA) — As a freshman at Loyola, DaJuan Gouard was seconds away from an NCAA tournament.
“I couldn’t get it done,” the current Danville Area Community College men’s basketball coach said. “So there’s going to be some conversations at the family dinner table about who can get it done and who didn’t.”
Gouard and the Ramblers lost to UIC by one in overtime. What he couldn’t get done, his younger brother did. Donte Ingram, now a senior at Loyola, has his Ramblers dancing. While sometimes hard on Donte, DaJuan says the 6-foot-6 senior finally deserves some praise.
“I never tell him he’s done a good job,” Gouard said. “But now that he’s made it to the tournament I guess I can go out and say, he’s one heck of a player.”
Ingram chose Loyola after spending his final two high school seasons at Chicago Simeon. Before transferring to the Chicago powerhouse, he spent time in Danville playing for the Vikings as a freshman and sophomore.
“I feel like I’m representing my family in Danville,” Ingram said. “I’ve came a long way. Obviously, moving after my sophomore year I kind of looked at it as like going off to college early, being away from my family for a little bit. But I’ve came a long way and I’m happy. I wouldn’t do it any other way than I did it.”
Growing up together, it wasn’t as much a sibling rivalry as it was brotherly love.
“He could never beat me, and he still can’t,” Gouard laughed. “I was always so much older than him that it really was never much of a rivalry, it was just me trying to teach. Now, I take that back, he probably could do some damage to me right now.”
While we may never know how Gouard vs. Ingram would go, we do know Ingram did damage to any and everyone he played this year, averaging more than eleven points and six rebounds a game. He’ll look to continue that strong play on Thursday when No. 11 seed Loyola looks to upset No. 6 Miami in the first round of the NCAA tournament.