Jazz Gaming Making a Splash with Shooting
Kimanni Ingram Averaging 35.5 PPG as Jazz Face T-Wolves Gaming
SALT LAKE CITY (June 14, 2021) – Three-point shooting is its hallmark with a high-scoring guard. What team? Jazz Gaming, the official NBA 2K League affiliate of the Utah Jazz, is led by second-year player Kimanni “Splashy” Ingram, who is flashy with both his shooting and post-game dance moves.
Before he began playing NBA 2K in 2010, Ingram started with PlayStation. He had picked a username with ‘flash’ in it, but when Ingram switched over, he needed a new name.
“I shoot a lot of threes so I thought I might as well switch it over to Splash,” Ingram said. “But I wanted it to be a little more catchy so I added the ‘y’ to the end of it.”
Ingram spent his childhood doing two things – playing basketball or playing video games. He graduated from Riverside University High School in Milwaukee in 2017 where he was a shooting guard. But, when his two favorite activities collided with the NBA 2K video game, Splashy the three-point shooter was born.
This week, Jazz Gaming (4-4) has a two-game matchup versus T-Wolves Gaming at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. (MT) on Wednesday, June 16. Jazz Gaming plays remotely from the Zions Bank Jazz Gaming Center on Level 5 of Vivint Arena. Games are simulcast live on the NBA 2K League’s Twitch and YouTube channels.
After eight games, Ingram is averaging 35.5 points per game, shooting 60.8 percent from the field and 48.8 percent from three-point range. The guard is also contributing 8.8 assists per game to be twice named the weekly University of Utah Health Performance Leader.
Ingram’s numbers come on the heels of his 2020 season, when the rookie, picked No. 10 overall in the draft, averaged 27.2 points per game, including a franchise-record 52 points against Grizz Gaming.
“They let me come in last year with a big personality and we had amazing vibes off the court as well,” Ingram said. “We were the second seed and made it to the final four of the playoffs as well as all of the tournaments. It was a good season all-around.”
While he might have flash, Ingram is also a reliable friend with a will to make you laugh, which is evident after he was voted as having the “Best On-Camera Dance Moves” and “Most GIF-Able Player” among his NBA 2K League counterparts. Whether he knows you or not, he is always a shoulder to lean on.
“I guarantee if you are having a bad day, I can make you smile,” Ingram said. “I have never been on someone’s bad side. If anyone ever needs to talk to someone or is going through something hard, I am always someone they can come to.”
Ingram speaks French, Spanish and is conversational in Japanese and has found a career path in esports where he continues to make a big impact for Jazz Gaming. In May, following in the footsteps of his teammate, and current roommate, Spencer “Ria” Wyman, he was named to a USA E-National Team that will compete in North and Central America Conference Next Gen Championships this year.
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About Jazz Gaming
Jazz Gaming is one of 23 esports teams competing in the NBA 2K League, founded by the NBA and Take-Two Interactive Software. The six-player squad is based in Salt Lake City and competes as unique characters in 5-on-5 play against the other 2K League teams in a mix of regular-season games, tournaments and playoffs.