Former Kenwood basketball player Kevin McIntosh announced his commitment to play college basketball at Bryan College on March 28 via Twitter.
McIntosh and Bryan had done most of their communication prior to the COVID-19 lockdown.
“I had a couple offers down the stretch and it was a very tough decision, but of course, I took my family into consideration,” McIntosh said. “Bryan definitely offered me the best opportunity. It was a blessing… They finally got to see me play, they kept in touch with me, and they finally got to see me play. I got to visit, got to tour the campus, meet the coaches, team, locker room, everything. It just all felt like family.”
During his senior year, McIntosh helped lead the Knights to the District 10-AAA semifinals, scoring 9.0 points and dishing 2.0 assists per game. He was named to the Main Street Clarksville All-County third team for his efforts.
McIntosh credits a handful of coaches for assisting him in his development. Kenwood head coach Jason James, a former Division I coach, and assistant Justin Blake came into the program before his junior season and worked with the guard to prepare for the next level.
He also gave credit to coach Terry Boykin, who runs camps in Clarksville to prepare young basketball players in town.
Boykin’s son, Cameron, also went to Kenwood and just finished his sophomore season at Bryan. Former Montgomery Central Indian Trey Spencer is on the team too.
“I talked to (Boykin) when I was coming to visit,” McIntosh said. “I asked him about the school and he told me some good things that I definitely wanted to hear, that I liked to hear.”
McIntosh plans to study sports management. He mainly looks forward to making basketball his job as opposed to a seasonal sport. He hopes to take his game to the next level by constantly working out and learning from the older players on the team.
That work ethic and drive to become better is what helped him reach this point, and his advice for younger players – including his younger brother, Kemari, who plays for Kenwood – reflects that.
“Keep working,” McIntosh said. “Never get satisfied, never think it can’t happen to you. Always know that your path is different from others so don’t try and compare it to others. Just keep on working, keep God first in everything you do.
“I know a lot of times I didn’t really have offers or interest... People always tell me, ‘Trust the process.’ Don’t get too caught up in offers and coaches talking to you, let it come naturally. Control what you can control. You can’t control coaches offering you and calling you every day, but you can control the work that you put in to get those offers… Be the best player you can be and live with the results.”