NCB On The Trail: Chris Collins

PG McIntosh commits to Northwestern

September, 10, 2013
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Class of 2014 point guard Bryant McIntosh committed to Northwestern on Monday.

The 6-foot-3 McIntosh, who attends Greensburg (Ind.) High School, chose the Wildcats over Dayton, Purdue, Vanderbilt and Xavier.

Northwestern coach Chris Collins and assistant coach Armon Gates spent nearly eight hours at an in-home visit with McIntosh on Monday. McIntosh committed to the Wildcats near the end of the evening in an unique way.

"On my [campus] visit, the coaches kept telling they were all-in on me,” McIntosh said in a phone interview. “They said they weren’t looking at any other point guards. I had a poker chip with the word ‘all’ and one with ‘in’ and slid them across the table and said, 'I am all-in on you, too.'

“It just felt like the perfect fit for me education-wise and with the relationship I built with coach Collins and coach Gates and everyone else who had a part in my recruitment. Everyone made me feel at home. I had a great visit, a great in-home visit. I’m a believer in Northwestern basketball and what they’re doing right now, and that’s why I committed.”

McIntosh is convinced Northwestern can be an NCAA tournament team early in his career, too. The Wildcats have never made the tournament.

“I really think we’ll have an opportunity to advance our freshman year,” McIntosh said. “The class is still being built, but we have some quality pieces. We’re just believing in Coach Collins. I think we’re going to be dancing early on. I’d be shocked if we’re not in the NCAA tourney by our sophomore year.”

ESPN recruiting coordinator Reggie Rankin said McIntosh provides the Wildcats with a versatile guard.

“He’s a combination guard that is smart, has a great feel, can make open shots and can slide over and contribute at the point without missing a beat because he has a nice handle and ability to involve teammates on the break or within the half-court offense,” Rankin said. “He’s a hot prospect coming out of the July evaluation period.”

McIntosh is Northwestern’s third class of 2014 recruit. He joins St. Rita (Chicago) small forward Vic Law and Westlake (Ohio) power forward Gavin Skelly in the class.
New head coach Chris Collins is on the board with his first recruit at Northwestern, and it’s an important, highly ranked prospect from the fertile, in-state ground of Illinois.

ESPN 100 small forward Victor Law (South Holland, Ill./St. Rita), the No. 66 overall player in the Class of 2014, committed to the Wildcats on Thursday over the likes of Dayton, Georgia Tech, Harvard, Stanford and VCU.

What will the No. 6-ranked prospect in Illinois bring to Northwestern?

Law a historic recruit for Northwestern 

July, 4, 2013
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The Chris Collins era got off to a fantastic start in recruiting on Thursday when ESPN 100 small forward Victor Law (South Holland, Ill/St. Rita) committed to Northwestern over VCU and Dayton.

Law, who is the nation’s No. 66 prospect in the Class of 2014, is Collins’ first recruit at Northwestern and the highest ranked for the Wildcats in recent memory.

If he makes it to Northwestern, he would be the program’s first ESPN 100 player since the rankings began in 2007. ESPN 100 point guard Jaren Sina originally signed with Northwestern in the 2013 class but decommitted and signed with Seton Hall after the Wildcats fired Bill Carmody this spring.

Victor Law
Kelly Kline/Getty ImagesESPN 100 SF Victor Law gave Chris Collins his first commitment at Northwestern and the program's highest-ranked recruit in recent memory.
As a junior, Law averaged 15 points and seven rebounds per game for St. Rita.

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