TERRE HAUTE — When Bryant McIntosh made a verbal commitment to play men’s basketball at Indiana State in January, the Sycamores were his moon and stars.
At that point of his career, as McIntosh entered the second half of his junior year at Greensburg High School, few programs had been willing to pull the trigger and make the guard a scholarship … at least not many programs that could offer McIntosh a chance to play at a Missouri Valley Conference caliber school like ISU.
One 3A state title for the Pirates and months worth of accolades later, the situation has changed on the ground for McIntosh. He is attractive to more schools and programs that meet or exceed the MVC standard.
On Monday, McIntosh decided to de-commit from ISU and re-open his recruitment. While McIntosh hasn’t ruled the Sycamores out, the re-opening of recruitment usually signals that a recruit will be going a different direction.
The Tribune-Star traded emails with McIntosh on Friday to get his side of things. McIntosh was asked if there was any clinching factor that made him to decide to seek other opportunities.
“Re-opening my recruitment kind of took shape in early July. I just started questioning if I would fit the way I would like to,” said McIntosh, who is currently playing for the Eric Gordon All-Stars AAU team.
McIntosh explained that because he committed to ISU so early in his process, he didn’t get a chance to size himself up in terms of how he fit at other schools. McIntosh had, and still has, a good relationship with ISU coach Greg Lansing, who was the Sycamores’ point man on McIntosh’s recruitment.
“The problem was I committed so early to ISU that I never got to get a good comparison with other schools. So I never knew if it was the correct fit for me. I just had an outstanding relationship with Coach Lansing,” McIntosh said.