Earlier this week, following his de-commitment from Indiana State, Bryant McIntosh fielded interest from several new programs.
One of them was Northwestern, which immediately set the stage for an aggressive recruitment. Chris Collins and Armon Gates called the 3-star combo guard, informing him of their interest, and promised to evaluate his game.
Collins texted McIntosh on Thursday. The head coach was coming to Indianapolis. McIntosh spoke to PurpleWildcats.com about the importance of “standing out” under pressure—something that would be necessary for him to earn an NU offer.
So he did. Collins arrived on Saturday, watched McIntosh twice and was ostensibly blown away by his performance. The talented guard scored 26 in the second game, showcasing an impressive blend of athleticism and fundamentals.
Later that night, he told McIntosh to expect today’s call, one during which he gave an offer—as first reported by PurpleWildcats.com. It's another excellent decision from Chris Collins. The team has been especially picky about committing to players, but McIntosh earned the honor.
It’s been an impressive climb for McIntosh. He’s now reporting offers from Florida State, Northwestern and Missouri. More could very well follow.
This one makes sense for a variety of reasons. Collins could use a lights-out shooter as part of his first class. McIntosh is a top-notch perimeter scorer with the complete offensive package. He can control the ball, distribute to his teammates and score from anywhere on the floor.
The final step, it seemed, was showing some defensive intensity. NU is looking for players who can guard high-level Big Ten opponents. The current roster has only one above average defender, leaving this area a clear priority for the Wildcats coaching staff.
McIntosh considers NU very highly, and the school is right in contention for his services. They want that combo guard, and McIntosh emerged at the perfect moment. With Vic Law already locked up for 2014, there’s a lot for fans to be excited about.
We’ll have all the latest on the newest and most intriguing prospect for Northwestern basketball. Now, Collins has an opportunity to close like we know he can.