Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
For the second time this week, a Canadian small forward has made his college decision.
MiKyle McIntosh, a 6-foot-6, 225-pound guard/forward at Jackson (Ky.) 22 Feet Academy, pledged to Illinois State on Thursday.
His commitment wasn’t nearly the event that the Andrew Wiggins Decision was, but McIntosh, like Wiggins, is a Canuck.
“I have decided to further my education and make a significant impact at the next level by joining the University of Illinois State next year,” he Tweeted.
McIntosh is close friends with Illinois State guard Kaza Keane, who also played for Ro Russell at Christian Faith Center Academy and on the Grassroots Canada AAU team.
Kentucky reviewed McIntosh’s transcripts, a source told SNY.tv, but the situation did not work out and he is headed to Illinois State.
“His skillset has improved tremendously,” 22 Feet Academy coach Ryan Schmidt told SNY.tv earlier this year. “He plays point guard for us as well. He’s about as good as I’ve seen.
“He’s 6-6, 225 and his ball-handling ability is pretty phenomenal. He’s a streaky shooter. That’s what he wants to improve on. He has really good mechanics. When he gets to the next level, he has a chance to be a premier guard once he gets his shooting down.
“No one can guard him off the dribble. He gets half a step, and he’s so strong.”
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.