Tuesday, January 26, 1999

XU's McIntosh schools 'em

But it's with books, not a basketball

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Brandon McIntosh will be at the big game Thursday night, but he won't play in the Skyline Chili Crosstown Shootout until next season.

        Only then will he get to face his former Roger Bacon High School teammate Eugene Land, now a member of the UC basketball team.

        McIntosh, a 6-foot-5 guard-forward, is a freshman at Xavier. He doesn't play or practice and really is not a part of the team this season. Rather he is enrolled at the school and concentrating on academics. If he is in good standing with the university, coach Skip Prosser has said he will be on scholarship next season.

        “I'm kind of glad things happened the way they did,” McIntosh said.

        “I can stand back and look at how it happens, how I'm supposed to act, how I'm supposed to go at it everyday to be successful. So I'm just hitting the books and working on my game every day. I'll be ready to compete next year.”

        McIntosh finished as the No.2 all-time leading scorer at Roger Bacon (1,248 career points), behind Land (1,494).

        The two have talked during this season. In fact, McIntosh called Land after UC beat Duke. “I was real proud of him,” McIntosh said.

        He has kept up his basketball by playing intramurals — he said he scored 59 points in one game — and playing at lunchtime in pickup games that include XU's all-time leading scorer Byron Larkin.

        “I've just been watching him and learning from him,” McIntosh said.

        Larkin expects McIntosh to help immediately next season.

        “He impresses me because he's got a lot of size and he's very, very strong,” Larkin said.


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