Purdue in play for McIntosh

Purdue could become an option for Bryant McIntosh, who recently opened up his recruitment. Boiler Sports Report talked to the combo guard at the Adidas Invitational.

INDIANAPOLIS -- Before the Adidas Invitational opened play, Bryant McIntosh was the best-kept secret in the field. Now, he's a hot commodity drawing coaches to watch each of his games.

Earlier this week, McIntosh dropped his verbal commitment to Indiana State and opened up his recruitment. The combo guard saw he had a legitimate chance to become a high-major prospect and didn't want to pass on that opportunity. It wasn't easy to let go of the Indiana State program he had become close to.

"It was an emotional day," McIntosh said. "I have a great relationship with [head coach] Greg Lansing. It was an hour-long phone conversation and he understood. He handled it really well and I thank him for that."

The gamble sure paid off. On day one of the tournament in Indianapolis, McIntosh received an offer from Florida State. Since then, Auburn, Davison and Missouri have joined in with offers. Purdue, Clemson, Dayton, Indiana, Northwestern, Vanderbilt and Xavier have all expressed interest.

On Saturday, McIntosh posted his best game yet, a 26-point performance which included a runner in the lane to secure the win for his Eric Gordon All-Stars team. Coaches from several major-conference schools, including Purdue's Matt Painter, watched from the baseline to get a good look at the versatile guard.

For McIntosh, this July is a bit different. His recruitment has re-opened and the challenge to perform is much greater. Even so, he's not letting it sway his focus.

"I'm not putting any pressure on myself; I've just got to play basketball," McIntosh said. "The right school will find me."

Purdue is a school that may have found him. McIntosh fits the mold of what the Boilermakers are seeking; a versatile offensive threat who can score in different ways. That's what led Painter to scout out his game.

The chance to play for an in-state power has McIntosh intrigued. With the way he performed, it's now very possible.

"It would be a great opportunity," McIntosh said. "I'm from Indiana, so you grow up wanting to play for one of those schools."

A shrewd decision now has McIntosh in position to play for Purdue, or just about anywhere else.

Chris Emma has covered recruiting, college athletics and professional baseball for FOX Sports Next since 2009. Emma covered the Nebraska Cornhuskers and Northwestern Wildcats, and currently covers the Purdue Boilermakers. A Chicago native, he resides in West Lafayette.
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