Jay MacIntyre, the son of new Colorado Buffaloes football coach Mike MacIntyre, admitted Tuesday night that the last few days have been a whirlwind.
The high school junior moved from San Jose, Calif., to Colorado last week, began practicing with the Monarch basketball team on Friday, attended his first day of classes at MHS on Tuesday and then played in his first game for the Coyotes that night. The family is living in an apartment locally while searching for a house.
"It's been pretty hard," MacIntyre said of the move after helping the Coyotes beat Boulder 51-49. "I had some nerves (in his first game with MHS) but as the game went on it got a little better."
At least MacIntyre won't have to worry too much about winning over his new teammates. At first glance on Tuesday, the 5-foot-10 guard looks like the kind of teammate everyone likes to have. He hustles, plays feisty defense and is adept at finding open teammates when he drives the lane. And he's plenty willing to sacrifice his body, walking off the court with a double-barreled bloody nose after forcing a game-saving turnover in the final seconds.
MacIntyre, who also plays quarterback and defensive back on the football field, came off the bench on Tuesday. But he was in the game during crunchtime, and the guess here is he'll be a major part of Monarch athletics for the next 15 months or so.
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