A decision like that takes unthinkable courage. Though the three-star combo guard will keep ISU on his list, he needed major interest to justify the often stigmatized decision.
The following day, Florida State offered, and another team went on the offensive by putting two coaches on the phone.
"It was Coach Gates and Coach Collins who talked to me at the same time," McIntosh said. "It was a great conversation. I'm looking forward to getting to know more about the program."
Gone are the days of hesitant recruiting at Northwestern. Shortly after landing his first commitment ever, Collins wasted no time in addressing the team's potential. McIntosh became available, and he established immediate contact.
The discussion primarily centered on NU's plans. Collins thinks that McIntosh could be the answer at another important need. With almost nonexistent depth behind Dave Sobolewski, he'll need serious reinforcements.
"They need a point guard they can rely on early because they're a little short at that spot," McIntosh said.
McIntosh goes beyond the conventional point-guard prototype. As July evaluation period began, he showcased an extensive skillset for coaches as part of the Eric Gordon All-Stars AAU squad. McIntosh knocked down perimeter shots, created for teammates and demonstrated some impressive toughness for his size. The Florida State offer speaks wonders, as does high interest from NU, Dayton, Xavier and Clemson.
Many schools glimpsed his potential in April, which seemed loftier than that of your typical Indiana State recruit. McIntosh, despite his strong relationship with ISU coach Greg Lansing, wanted to avoid the "ifs" of deciding too soon.
"I just want to find the perfect fit, he said. "I wanted to go back over things and see how it went."
McIntosh refused to fall victim to the rust or nervousness associated with early July outings. He appears closer than any other prospect to a Northwestern offer, save for maybe Patrick McCaw or teammate Mack Mercer. Finally, McIntosh has the long overdue opportunity to earn attention from high-major coaches.
"I'm just showing them that I can play," he said. "They're all looking at a lot of guys. You have to separate yourself by being a good teammate and bringing the right attitude."
Well, in Northwestern's discerning eyes, McIntosh has done enough to separate his game. It's the first day of July evaluations. With McIntosh, as with many others, there will be much more to come.