Saturday, February 20, 2010
Naked Lake Merritt swimmer played college basketball - at U of M & USF
OAKLAND -- The man who swam naked across Lake Merritt on Wednesday afternoon after stealing from two women in downtown Oakland is a former basketball player at the University of Michigan and the University of San Francisco, police confirmed today.
Dommanic Ingerson, 26, of San Leandro, was taken to the John George Psychiatric Pavilion in San Leandro on Wednesday after swimming about 400 yards across the 50-degree lake and emerging naked. Police said Ingerson jumped into the lake behind the Camron-Stanford House, a historic Victorian in the 1400 block of Lakeside Drive, about 3 p.m. and swam to the 1400 block of Lakeshore Avenue in about 35 minutes.
He was wearing black trunks or shorts when he jumped into the water but had nothing on when he came out, police said.
He was detained on suspicion of robbery and grand theft, but after a doctor's evaluation at Highland Hospital in Oakland, he was taken to the psychiatric hospital for further evaluation, police said.
Ingerson grew up in Oakland and attended McClymonds High School before transferring to Santa Barbara High School, where he graduated in 2001 and once was named "player of the year." He was a nationally ranked recruit when he received a full-ride scholarship to attend the University of Michigan, said his friend Rolando Bonilla.
At the University of Michigan, the guard spent time on the bench.
In February 2002, coach Tommy Amaker said he was "disappointed with Ingerson's play at the end of the Michigan State game," even though the game was out of reach, according to a story in the Michigan Daily. "Ingerson's body language and lack of effort was 'disturbing,' " Amaker said in the story.
In December 2002, he signed a basketball scholarship and transferred to the University of San Francisco. He began playing in the fall of 2003 and left school a semester short of graduation in 2007, a friend said.
Police and those who knew him said Ingerson has had some drug and psychiatric problems.
"I got to know him in college, he was a young man full of promise and unfortunately lacks the stability that so many of us get to enjoy each and every day," said Bonilla, a 32-year-old San Francisco man who met Ingerson at the University of San Francisco.