BANGOR, Maine — Ian McIntyre wanted to study psychology and play college basketball close to home after high school, and the Hampden Academy senior will get that chance.

The reigning Bangor Daily News All-Maine center-forward verbally committed Wednesday to study and play basketball at Husson University beginning next fall.

“I really enjoyed it when I went on my tour there,” McIntyre said. “It was basically love at first sight, and then with the basketball on top of it Husson has a great program, a great coaching staff and a great group of guys.”

The 6-foot-5 McIntyre is averaging 16 points and eight rebounds through Hampden’s 4-0 start this season and is closing in on 1,000 career points for the Broncos.

“We have had our eye on Ian since his sophomore year,” Husson head coach Warren Caruso said. “Ian is a high-character student-athlete with a strong skill set, and we really like how hard he plays every day.

“Ian will fit nicely with the guys we have on our roster. We see him having a very good career as an Eagle.”

McIntyre, who averaged 18 points and 11 rebounds as a junior at Hampden, is one of only four, four-year starters during Russ Bartlett’s 15-year head coaching tenure with the Broncos along with Jordan Cook, Dan McCue and Nick Gilpin.

“Ian’s frame is going to make him college-ready immediately and I think he’s only going to get stronger depending on what they want him to do,” Bartlett said. “I do think he’s going to have to develop a little more of a mid-range game to play at that level and be successful, but early on he’ll be able to give them minutes on the defensive end and be a rebounder and a make-my-layups kind of guy.”

McIntyre received All-Maine honorable mention recognition as a sophomore before being named to the All-Maine third team last winter. He also has been a consistent presence on Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class A all-star teams, earning all-rookie team status as a freshman, second-team honors as a sophomore and first-team recognition as a junior.

McIntyre also visited the University of Maine at Farmington before opting for Husson.

“It is a relief to have made this decision,” he said. “I have friends who are still on the wire about where they’re going to go, and it’s pretty nice to say, ‘I’m going here. This is where I’m going for the next four years, and I’m going to enjoy it.’”

Husson, which has won back-to-back North Atlantic Conference championships and four league titles in the last five years, concluded the first semester of this season’s schedule with a 7-2 record overall, 4-0 in league play.

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Ernie Clark

Ernie Clark is a veteran sportswriter who has worked with the Bangor Daily News for more than a decade. A four-time Maine Sportswriter of the Year as selected by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters...