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Guard makes impact after reopening recruitment

Monday, July 22, 2013 - 2:00 am

FISHERS - Highly-regarded guard Bryant McIntosh is sure this time. Check that. He's as sure as a teenager can be.

Yes, we know. That's a scary thought.

McIntosh, who has become one of the hottest must-get basketball recruiting targets of the summer, will make a college decision in the next few months and stick to it. The Greensburg (Ind.) and Eric Gordon All-Stars standout has learned from past mistakes. He better understands his prospects and potential.

Indiana State is out. The rest of America is in. Yes, that's tough for the Sycamores, good for the likes of Purdue, Indiana, Iowa, Northwestern, Clemson and more.

The three-star guard isn't ranked in the Class of 2014 by Internet recruiting services Rivals.com and Scout.com, although ESPN.com has him at No. 70.

That is likely to change by the end of the summer.

“Even being committed, you learn a lot about the recruiting process,” McIntosh says. “It will be the last time I make a decision, I promise you that.”

A year ago, the 6-4, 175-pound McIntosh committed to Indiana State, and the recruiting calls stopped. After helping lead Greensburg to the Indiana 3A state title, and then having a solid spring travel ball season, thoughts of opening up his recruiting surfaced.

About two weeks ago, McIntosh reopened his recruiting, and his phone blew up with calls from coaches all over the country. In just over a week he received 10 offers, with Indiana, Purdue and Michigan set to join in once he visits their campuses.

“It's been a little crazy,” he says. “Right now I'm trying to enjoy it and build some new relationships. Talk to some new people. It's been a great experience.”

Greatness means staying close to the phone because you never know who will call next. For two days between the end of the adidas Invitational in Indianapolis and the start of the Top 100 Showcase, also in Indianapolis, the calls never stopped.

“It felt like I never got off the phone,” McIntosh says. “It's a good problem to have. It's fun going through the process.”

Did the interest surprise him?

“I didn't no what to expect. No schools talked to me when I was committed. Once I de-committed, Florida State called. Northwestern called. They said they'd watch me. Then Florida State offered and it seemed like I blew up a little bit. It's been fun.”

Fun includes plenty of interest from Indiana and Purdue. Boiler head coach Matt Painter was everywhere McIntosh was during Thursday's Top-100 Showcase at Indianapolis Ben Davis High School. Equally interested was Hoosier associate head coach Tim Buckley.

“I've talked to Coach Painter on the phone,” McIntosh says. “He wants me to visit. He said he'll offer me when I visit on campus. I've also talked to (Boiler assistant coach) Jack Givens a couple of times. We're still building a relationship. It's going well. I'm enjoying it.

“Coach Buckley has contacted me and texted me. He told me I'm doing a good job and keep playing hard. He called me and my dad. It's gone well, too.”

The calls stopped over this past weekend while McIntosh's Eric Gordon All-Stars participated in a tournament in Cincinnati. The team is set to compete in a Las Vegas tourney later this coming week in the finale of the July evaluation period.

“I'm trying to play as hard as I can and show (coaches) what I have. It's been a busy time. I haven't had a lot of rest.”

What does McIntosh want in a college and program?

“I'm looking for a good relationship with the coaching staff. I want to fit well on campus and with the guys on the team. I want to get a good education. Once basketball is over, I don't have anything left. I've got to work, so I'll have education to fall back on and make some money.”

McIntosh's travel ball experience will basically end in Las Vegas. He wants to make the most of it.

“This is my last go around with my teammates before the high school season starts. I want to enjoy it. We want to play as hard as we can and try to win another tournament.”

Oh yes. He is very sure about that.

This column is the commentary of the writer and does not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of The News-Sentinel. Email Pete DiPrimio at pdiprimio@news-sentinel.com.