Jon Teitel's "Forgotten Legends": Clemson guard Terrell McIntyre

July 25th, 2012
In the most recent installment in his "Forgotten Legends" interview series, CHN writer Jon Teitel spent some time with former Clemson point guard Terrell McIntyre. McIntyre, who had to retire professionally due to arthritis in his hip, ranks as one of the best players in school history. McIntyre is still the school's all-time leader in made three-pointers, and he ranks in the top three in scoring (2nd), assists (3rd) and steals (2nd) as well.

Jon Teitel: You played for Rick Barnes at Clemson. What made him such a great coach, and what was the most important thing you learned from him? 

Terrell McIntyre: He understood his players and demanded a lot from us.  He treated everyone the same, which is rare.  I learned the definition of hard work from him because that is what he preached. 

JT: What are your memories of the 1996 NCAA tournament (McIntyre scored ten points in a seven-point loss to Georgia)? 

TM: It was a long time ago but I remember that we were just happy to be there.  We kind of lost our focus that we actually had a game to play. 

1997 NCAA tournament

JT: You scored ten points in a ten-point win over Miami (OH). What did you learn from the loss in 1996 that helped you succeed in 1997? 

TM: We learned to go in focused and ready to play and we felt confident that we could go far that year.  

JT: You scored 17 points in a six-point, double-overtime loss to Minnesota (Tony Christie made a finger roll at the end of regulation, but Bobby Jackson had a career-high 36 points in 49 minutes). How devastating was that loss, and where does Jackson's performance rank among the best you have ever seen? 

TM: In college Jackson was one of the best I ever played against. He just willed his team to a win even after we took the lead in the second overtime.  Even with Jackson's performance we still could have won if we had just held his teammate Sam Jacobson under 20, but he also had a big game and scored 29 points.

JT: In January 1998 you missed a shot at the end of a one-point loss at Duke, lost to them by four at home that February and then William Avery scored in the final second of a two-point Duke win in the ACC semifinals in March. Did Duke just have your number that winter, and do you think that you should have won some or all of those games? 

TM: We felt that we should have won the ACC tournamet game and also had a good chance at home but they just had our number. 

JT: What are your memories of the 1998 NCAA tournament (McIntyre finished with ten points and four steals in a three-point loss to Western Michigan)? 

TM: I was injured for most of that year and never got in a good rhythm, so I barely got to practice.  It did not get a lot of attention but we also had a lot of off-the-court problems that affected our play. 

JT: In 1999 you led the ACC with 17.9 points per game. What is your secret for being a great scorer? 

TM: I could always score the ball from the point guard position.  My high school coach said that I would have to put up big numbers to get noticed due to my small size. 

1999 Postseason NIT

JT: You scored 20 points in a three-point win over Xavier after Lenny Brown's three-pointer at the buzzer bounced off the rim. Did you think that Brown's shot was going in, and what was the mood of the team like going into the title game? 

TM: The shot had a chance to go in, but we were up by 20 during that game and we should have never let them back into it.  We were confident going into the championship game. 

JT: You scored 17 points in a one-point loss to California (Geno Carlisle's three-point play with five seconds left won the game). What was the feeling like in your locker room afterwards, and what was the reaction like when you got back to campus? 

TM: Carlisle made a tough "and-1" to win it.  Our fans were always great and greeted us and treated us well even though we did not make the NCAA tournament. 

JT: You won the Italian Championship with Montepaschi Siena for four straight seasons and were named Italian League Finals MVP in three straight title series. Did you consider yourself to be the best point guard in Europe, and do they treat you like a rock star over there? 

TM: During that stretch I felt that way.  I do not like talking about myself but to have the impact we did in Europe made me feel like the best American point guard over there. 

JT: You were named first team All-Euroleague in both 2008 and 2009. What is the biggest difference between college basketball and European basketball? 

TM: European ball is similar but more physical.  The bigger guys are better shooters and everyone in a ten-man rotation can play.  The crowds are unbelievable. They treat every game like Game 7 of the Finals and if you lose it is also a big deal. 
McIntyre is also on Jon's list of best fantasy players in ACC history.

Boston College: Troy Bell (2003) 2632 PTS (#1), 272 STL (#2), 300 3PM (#1), 86.8 FT% (#1), 2-time All-American, 2-time conference POY
Clemson: Terrell McIntyre (1999) 1839 PTS (#2), 577 AST (#3), 194 STL (#2), 259 3PM (#1)
Duke: Christian Laettner (1992) 2460 PTS (#2), 1149 REB (#2), 243 STL (#5), 145 BLK (#5), 48.5 3P% (#1), 3-time All-American, conference POY, national POY, NCAA MOP
Florida State: Bob Sura (1995) 2130 PTS (#1), 435 AST (#5), 209 STL (#3), 214 3PM (#2), 2-time All-American
Georgia Tech: Mark Price (1986) 2193 PTS (#3), 240 STL (#1), 44 3P% (#1), 85 FT% (#1), 3-time All-American
Maryland: Juan Dixon (2002) 2269 PTS (#1), 333 STL (#2), 239 3PM (#1), 85 FT% (#3), 2-time All-American, conference POY, NCAA MOP
Miami (FL): Rick Barry (1965) 2298 PTS (#1), 1274 REB (#1), All-American
North Carolina: Tyler Hansbrough (2009) 2872 PTS (#1), 1219 REB (#1), 4-time All-American, conference POY, national POY
NC State: David Thompson (1975) 2309 PTS (#2), 3-time All-American, 3-time conference POY, 2-time national POY, NCAA MOP
Virginia: Ralph Sampson (1983) 2228 PTS (#4), 1511 REB (#1), 462 BLK (#1), 4-time All-American, 3-time conference POY, 3-time national POY, NIT MVP, HOF
Virginia Tech: Dell Curry (1986) 2389 PTS (#2), 407 AST (#5), 295 STL (#1), All-American, conference POY
Wake Forest: Dickie Hemric (1955) 2587 PTS (#1), 1802 REB (#1), 2-time All-American, 2-time conference POY