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Hunter McIntosh is a rising star for the Elon Phoenix. In his freshman season he averaged 11.7 points per game and shot 40% from 3. This led to him being named the 2019-20 CAA Rookie of the Year. I was able to catch up with McIntosh recently and I asked him some intriguing questions. Below is the full interview:
Q: How has COVID affected you during this quarantine in terms of being able to workout and get better?
A: “It definitely affected a lot of places where I live but I’ve been able to consistently workout since March so it hasn’t really disrupted much for me. Now that the state of Georgia has loosened up its coronavirus restrictions I’ve been able to play pickup more in the last few weeks. Overall, coronavirus hasn’t affected my workout routine and it’s been a very productive offseason so far.”
Q: What aspect(s) of your game are you working on improving this off-season?
A: “I’ve been working on elevating my game and becoming the most complete player possible. Recently I’ve made it an emphasis to work on getting downhill and utilizing different finishes and floaters along with creating my own shot on the perimeter.”
Q: What’s it like playing for Coach Schrage?
A: “Coach Schrage is an amazing leader and person and it’s been a blessing to be able to play for someone who believes in his players so much. He’s a players coach for sure and instills confidence in each one of us and cares about us as young men and not just basketball players.”
Q: Looking back, what were some of the major adjustments from the high school game to the college game?
A: “A big adjustment that I had to make during my freshman season that I really didn’t start to realize it until the second half of the season was my preparation for the game, mentally and physically. Making sure I’m eating well, getting enough sleep, studying film of my opponents helped me tremendously as the season went by. In high school you can coast a little bit because not every team you play is going to be a good team but in college, especially in our conference, CAA, I was matching up against good, experienced guards so I couldn’t treat it like an off day.”
Q: What were the toughest road environments that you have experienced in your college career so far?
A: “Definitely North Carolina and Michigan were the toughest environments we’ve played in this year. They were both large venues especially the Dean Dome and the crowd was very into the game.”
Q: Are there any NBA players you model your game after and study film on?
A: “My favorite player is Damian Lillard so I definitely watch a lot of film on him and try to take stuff from his game. I’m drawn to not just how he plays but how he carries himself, his story, and his loyalty to his team.”
Q: What are your goals for next season?
A: “Ultimately I want us to compete and win our conference and make an appearance in the NCAA tournament. That’s the only thing I’m worried about. Everything else will take care of itself.”