Porter Moser – One on One
Part One – The Growth of Donte Ingram
(St. Louis, MO) – Porter Moser works the City of Chicago like Mayor Daly-era precinct boss. He continues to build a winning culture at Loyola and he’s building it brick, by Chicago-land brick. Saturday, the Ramblers defeated in-city rival Illinois-Chicago for the fifth straight time, running their record to a generational best 8-1.
Moser’s record of 202-207 (97-106 at Loyola) is that of a program rebuilder. The Rambler program needed a lift and the former Creighton Bluejay has worked energetically to put Loyola into a healthy and competitive position.
Five years ago the Ramblers moved into the Missouri Valley Conference and Moser landed his highest prize recruit, Milton Doyle. The 6’4 wing originally signed with Kansas and then joined LUC. Doyle represented not only a quality player, but the first City of Chicago recruit to sign with Loyola in 12 years.
Brick Number One
The Ramblers went 67-66 in Doyle’s four years. His dramatic jumper at Arch Madness 2014 gave Loyola their first ever tournament game victory. During Doyle’s first season, Moser was able to land Chicago Simeon’s Donte Ingram.
Brick Number Two
Ingram has grown into a marquee MVC player. The 6’6 senior was a Third Team All-MVC member and also named to last season’s Valley ‘Most Improved Team‘ while averaging 13.6 points and 6.8 rebounds per game for a Rambler team that won 18 games.
Moser says Ingram is the kind of player he has always wanted in the Loyola program. He wants Chicago kids, with good character, that care about winning and winning the right way.
Ingram is fourth on this year’s team in scoring (12.6 ppg) and leads the team grabbing 6.9 rebounds per game, but Moser says his senior leader doesn’t care about numbers, he cares about wins. Saturday’s victory over UIC gave Ingram the same record against the Flames as the revered Doyle (4-0).
The left-hander is obviously a rebounding and scoring force in the Rambler lineup, but Moser says it’s his versatility and the matchup problems he creates for the opposition that makes him so valuable. Ingram scored six points, grabbed six rebounds and handed out five assists in the UIC win.
This year’s freshmen class includes Chicago’s Whitney Young product Lucas Williamson and regional signees Christian Negron (Elgin, IL) and Cameron Krutwig (Algonquin). Williamson projects to be Loyola’s next City of Chicago building block.
Loyola has started the season 8-1, which represents the best start in a generation. Moser’s team won the College Basketball Invitational in 2015 and won a Moser-era best 24 games that same season, but this season’s team looks like a squad with the opportunity to be an upper echelon Missouri Valley contender.