Corey McIntosh has quite a few
feathers in his rather large cap. Last year, he was the State of
According to Coach Horton, two words best describe McIntosh. Those words are character and defense.
"He is one of the greatest kids I've ever coached. He's probably the best kid that I've ever come across in coaching college basketball in 13 years," said Dieter Horton, McIntosh's JUCO coach.
McIntosh didn't only stand out to
Horton during the past two years. His character made a huge impact on
"I've never seen a kid with the character and the quality of this kid. That's one thing that Greg noticed immediately when this kid was on his trip. He said is this kid for real? He couldn't believe that this kid is actually for real, as far as personality wise," said McIntosh.
Defense is something
"We had a rule this year that if you got beat on the ball then you automatically got subbed out of the game. That was one of our rules. Our kids got tired of getting subbed out so they had no choice. Either they guarded the ball or I was yanking their butt out. That's the kid's mentality," Horton said.
"Jerry Tarkanian told us that he thought we were one of the best defensive teams that he'd seen at any college level. That's a pretty good compliment," said Horton.
Horton's team really got a chance
to show their skills in the state semi-finals against
"Defensively this kid can guard like you wouldn't even believe. He can really guard the ball. Especially on the weak side off the ball, the kid guards it. It's Energizer Bunny type stuff. He gets after guarding the ball," Horton said.
So if McIntosh is so great, why
has he waited this long to sign with a team? Why
McIntosh could have played in just
about any conference he wanted to in
"I know that you guys are in the Big 12, but you got a steal," Horton said.
A Winners Mentality
One characteristic that every fan wants on their team is the mentality to win. McIntosh has that.
"This is crazy. Between our spring, summer and fall, we play a lot of games. I think that under this kid, we have won something like 70 games in a row. He doesn't even know what a loss is. That's the kid's mentality," Horton said.
The thing that's so scary about this prospect is that he can beat you in so many phases of the game.
"He can shoot the heck out of the three. He can flash and explode by people," Horton said.
McIntosh shot 49% from the field last season and his coach credits his superb shot selection for that statistic.
"We didn't shoot a lot of threes. We taught these kids how to take really good shots. We didn't take a bad shot all year long. The kid knows how to take a good shot," Horton said. "The kid took a three at the right time. That's why his percentages were so high."
Looking Ahead to ISU
So why is the combination of McIntosh and ISU so appealing to both sides? Leadership was a huge factor for Greg McDermott bringing McIntosh into his program.
"Really what happened was that Greg understood that this kid is a leader and that this kid is of the character that you just don't find. You come across a kid like this every 10 years," Horton said.
In his two years as the starting
"The kid is phenomenal. You can't find that anywhere. He's a leader."
Horton said that McIntosh is going to attack ISU just like he would any other school that he's played for.
"Corey's looking at it like this. I'm going to come in here and I don't give a crap. He knows that he's a winner. The kid hasn't lost a game in I don't even know how long."
"The more responsibility and the more pressure that this kid has, the better he is," Horton said.
Let's hope that he's right.