Former Michigan hoopster jumps into lake to evade police

Police wait for Ingerson to emerge from freezing Lake Merrit Wednesday afternoon in Oakland. (Pic via

It’s always interesting to monitor what happens to mediocre college athletes after their playing days come to an end. Former University of Michigan and University of San Francisco basketball player Dommanic Ingerson’s story is certainly no exception.

Ingerson was arrested Wednesday afternoon after stealing from two women in downtown Oakland, California.

Police say Ingerson jumped into Lake Merritt while being pursued and emerged naked after swimming about 400 yards across the lake. He was detained on suspicion with grand theft and taken to a psychiatric facility for further examination.

Ingerson’s bizarre journey began in high school and took him from Oakland to Santa Barbara, where he starred and attracted interested from several major programs. The 6’3″ guard signed with Michigan and averaged 8.1 points as a freshman, but clashed with Tommy Amaker and decided to transfer. He played three seasons at the University of San Francisco but did not finish school.

All signs point to Ingerson suffering from mental problems and drug use. Police have not formally charged him at this time.


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