G 6’3 185
2016-2017 Stats: 14.8 PPG, 5.2 APG, 2.8 RPG
Why They Are Here
Bryant McIntosh stepped into a Wildcat team his freshman year and immediately became one of the more prolific scorers on the court. That hasn’t changed, and last year his efforts pushed Northwestern to their first ever NCAA Tournament appearance. He is the point guard and leader, and almost always sticks out on the court. He’s one of those players that you “love to hate”, kind of in that Aaron Craft or Chris Kramer mold except much more scoring oriented.
Role on This Year’s Team
Northwestern returns pretty much everything from its NCAA Tournament team last season, and they could realistically challenge for at least a double bye in the Big Ten Tournament (meaning a top 4 conference finish). McIntosh will be one of the leaders of that charge, being a senior leader and one of the primary scorers on the team. The emergence of Scottie Lindsey will take some pressure off him and will allow him to be more efficient and facilitate more. Although I believe McIntosh is at his best when in attack mode, if he can find a good balance Northwestern will be that much better. Although I mentioned him in the same breath as Craft and Kramer, he still needs to improve defensively to truly be remembered in their class. If he can, then a big senior season is on the horizon for McIntosh.
College Season/NBA Prospects
I don’t think that Bryant McIntosh has the athleticism for his play style to translate to the NBA. He simply won’t be able to get to the rim at the next level, and he isn’t nearly a good enough shooter to make that his niche either. I expect McIntosh to have a great senior year, making an All Big Ten squad, then get his shot on a Summer League roster. Maybe he will surprise us all, but I think overseas may be a better option for him.