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McIntosh's big game turns heads

Bryant McIntosh (in black) has attracted major college basketball programs from around the country after decommitting from Indiana State.

INDIANAPOLIS — Last week, 2015 Greensburg (Ind.) guard Bryant McIntosh made a phone call to Indiana State head basketball coach Greg Lansing. McIntosh, who had been committed to Indiana State since January, was calling to decommit.

He and his family thought he was playing well enough to attract some larger and higher major programs, and Saturday at the adidas Invitational in Indianapolis, McIntosh took a step in convincing those in attendance that he might be destined for a bigger program.

Against Dream Vision 17U — which includes IU’s most recent offer, 2015 center Stephen Zimmerman — McIntosh stole the show. He drove with ease, hit outside shots and tossed floaters over taller defenders en route to a 26-point performance that helped coach Brian Keeton’s Eric Gordon All-Stars team earn a victory.

“The ball was going in,” McIntosh said with a smile. “Anytime the ball’s going in, it helps out, and you just become more aggressive as that time period goes on and the ball keeps going in.”

The shots kept falling for him, which attracted the attention of numerous college coaches. Missouri extended him an offer after the game, and McIntosh said he received texts from a Marquette coach and from Indiana associate head coach Tim Buckley.

Buckley, McIntosh said, was touching base with him and encouraging him to continue the good work. Prior to receiving the text from Buckley, McIntosh said it had been quite some time since he had heard from Indiana.

When asked after the game about possibly receiving an offer from either of the Big Ten schools in the state — Purdue and Indiana — McIntosh replied without hesitation.

“It would be a great opportunity,” McIntosh said. “Obviously, I’m from Indiana, and you grow up wanting to play for one of those schools.”

The 6-foot-2, 180-pound guard said Purdue had contacted Keeton after McIntosh had decommitted from Indiana State, and expressed interest in the Boilermakers. He said he is especially fond of Purdue head coach Matt Painter.

“Coach Painter’s a great coach,” McIntosh said. “I think he runs a great program there. They had a tough year last year, but in his previous years, they’ve been really successful and it would be a great opportunity to play in the Big Ten.”

Purdue isn’t the only school to express interest in McIntosh in the past week. Florida State, Davidson and Auburn have all offered him, and he has been talking with a handful of other schools across the country, including Vanderbilt and Clemson.

McIntosh said he is going to let schools notice his play instead of pressing himself to try and do too much. McIntosh, whose Greensburg team won the 3A IHSAA State Championship this past season, said he still wants to focus on putting the team first and being a leader on the court. If he accomplishes that, he said, schools will take notice.

“I’m not putting any pressure on myself,” McIntosh said. “I just have to keep playing basketball. The right school will find me, I feel like, if I play the way I’m capable of playing.”

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