After four years in purple, Bryant McIntosh might be transitioning to purple and gold.
The former star Wildcat point guard, attempting to transition to the NBA, will join five other prospects in a workout in front of Lakers brass today. McIntosh, Northwestern’s all-time leader in assists, is undoubtedly one of the most accomplished players in program history, and will get a chance to show off his ability to those at the next level. Working out with an eclectic group of players (including fellow guard Grayson Allen), he will attempt to become the first Northwestern player drafted to the NBA since Evan Eschmeyer in 1999.
McIntosh, of course, helped lead Northwestern to its first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance. The Greenville, Indiana native’s impressive college career also included an even 700 assists, three All-Big Ten team selections, and double digit points per game in each of his four seasons.
He will attempt to join Cinderella story Reggie Hearn, the only Wildcat to score in the NBA over the past decade, in the pros. Outside of Hearn, Northwestern has only flirted with the NBA in recent years, with Sanjay Lumpkin, Tre Demps, Alex Olah and others participating in the Summer League before beginning professional careers overseas.
While he is not currently projected to be picked in next month’s NBA Draft, McIntosh should get a chance with an NBA team over the summer, and possibly beyond. If he wants to play in the NBA, he will have to work hard at every step in the way. But now, at least, Bryant McIntosh has his foot in the door.