Purdue impresses McIntosh

Purdue made an impression on point guard Bryant McIntosh. Boiler Sports Report offers the details from his time on campus.

Ever since Bryant McIntosh rejoined the recruiting market, Purdue coach Matt Painter made the local point guard a priority. However, the three-star prospect had to earn his offer by visiting campus.

On Thursday evening, McIntosh and his father traveled to West Lafayette and visited with the Boilermakers. Painter had his entire staff along for the tour, taking McIntosh around Purdue's campus and its basketball facilities. And the end of the evening, Painter extended the scholarship offer.

"It went really well," McIntosh said of his evening at Purdue.

The factor which stood out the most was Purdue's academic prestige. The Greensburg, Indiana, native hopes to major in business management, so he met with university academic advisors and learned of the Krannert school.

"With their business school, they're top 25 in the country," McIntosh said. "It's a really big deal. They want to keep me at a high grade to keep me in their program. That really stood out to me and my dad."

Throughout his time on campus, McIntosh began to build a closer relationship with Painter and his coaching staff. While his recruitment is just getting started again, those close bonds could pay dividends for Purdue.

"I learned a lot about all of [the coaches]," McIntosh said. "The whole coaching staff was with me the whole time on my visit.

"I've really felt like [Purdue] had a coach at all my games during the AAU period. We're beginning to really build a relationship. We're just picking it up, how much we talk, and it's building as we go. It's going really well."

Purdue has an edge over most of McIntosh's other suitors in that it's just a short drive from his hometown. The point guard could see himself playing basketball in the Hoosier state.

"You get to pay for an Indiana school," said McIntosh. "That would be nice, especially with how close I am with my family. That would be nice for them to come to all my home games and my away games, with the proximity."

McIntosh currently holds offers from Auburn, Clemson, Florida State, Iowa, Memphis, Missouri, Northwestern, Xavier and others. Now, the Boilermakers have joined the mix.

Since opening up his recruitment—decommitting from Indiana State in early July—McIntosh has become quite the commodity in the recruiting world.

"I'm super pleased," he said. "I didn't imagine it would happen like this. It was the hardest decision I've ever had to do, so at the time, I felt terrible; you give your commitment, your word, to somebody. To go back on it, it's hard to do. But so far, it has worked out."

McIntosh has just one other visit currently set, as he'll see Northwestern on August 11. Meanwhile, Matt Painter is urging him to return for an official visit in the fall.

A final decision for McIntosh is expected during the fall, just before his senior season. The Boilermakers placed themselves right in the hunt.

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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