INDIANAPOLIS – Eric Gordon All-Stars guard Bryant McIntosh might have made the right choice when he committed to Indiana State on Jan. 7.
But he might have made the right choice when he decommitted Monday, too.
That uncertainty is what led McIntosh, a senior, to reopen his recruitment. The 6-foot-3 combo guard from New Castle, who attends Greensburg, wants to make sure he finds the right fit – be it with the Sycamores or another program.
“I had some doubts about it towards the July period,” McIntosh said at the Adidas Invitational basketball tournament. “There were 500 transfers almost this year in college basketball, and I didn’t want to go through that.”
He already has a new group of suitors.
McIntosh received an offer from Florida State on Tuesday.
“Coming from the ACC, such a great conference,” he said. “It was a really big deal for me, and it was kind of exciting to have hard work paying off. It was a good day for me that day.”
Auburn has also offered since he changed his mind, and Northwestern was the first school to call the McIntosh family and express interest.
“We still talk to (ISU) coach (Greg) Lansing every day, probably text or call,” said Bryant’s father, Scott McIntosh. “I think he’s going to enjoy this, and when it comes down to it he’ll make the right decision. He’s really thought about this a lot. He has the support of our family, and even coach Lansing.”
A number of other Big Ten schools were involved with McIntosh – including Indiana and Purdue – before he pledged to ISU. Michigan was also heavily involved with the silky smooth shooter, but it remains to be seen if that interest will pick up again – or turn into an offer.
“I’ve been trying to get stronger and try to gain weight a little bit. I’m really focusing in on my ball-handling right now,” McIntosh said. “I just got to go out there and do what I can, and I’m not going to put any extra pressure on myself.
“I think I’m just a good teammate. I find my guys open. And I think I’m kind of a good leader.”
He’s one of the better shooters in the state, too, and has developed quickness on the drive to go with his three-point shooting and midrange game.
McIntosh’s passing ability has also improved significantly. A year ago at this time, he was considered a pure shooting guard.
On and off the court, it’s been an up-and-down process for a guard who, at this time last year, had no scholarship offers.
This time around, he doesn’t plan to jump on the school that pushes the hardest.
“It’s been a fun process, just opening it back up and looking for the right school again,” McIntosh said. “I’ve heard from Clemson, Xavier, Dayton – quite a bit of schools. A lot of A-10 schools and a couple Big East schools, as well.”