Kentucky Coming to Watch MiKyle Mcintosh; Slew of High-Majors Involved

MiKyle McIntosh is a 6-foot-6, 225-pound guard/forward at Jackson (Ky.) 22 Feet Academy who is drawing offers and interest from many of the top programs in the nation.

Kentucky assistant Orlando Antigua will come tonight (Monday) to watch McIntosh and sophomore guard Jamar Ergas — both native Canadians — play about an hour and 20 minutes outside of Lexington.

“Orlando texted me over the weekend and asked me to send him a few highlight tapes,” 22 Feet Academy coach Ryan Schmidt told SNY.tv. “They seem pretty interested.”

McIntosh, who will sign in the spring, currently holds offers from Miami and UCLA, but he’s drawing interest from a Who’s Who of heavyweights, Schmidt said.

“North Carolina, Kansas, UConn and Florida have all called in the last two weeks,” he said. “North Carolina and Kansas are going to try and get up in the next couple of weeks. Same with Ohio State. It’s really picking up for him.” He said Carolina’s Steve Robinson and Kansas’s Kurtis Townsend have been in touch.

Schmidt said McIntosh suffered a “serious ankle injury” in which he tore ligaments last April. He then missed the spring recruiting period and by July, he was at about “75 percent.”

He picked up some mid-major offers by then, including Duquesne, Illinois State, St. Bonaventure, Charlotte and Hawaii.

“He wanted to wait until the late signing period and get 100 percent healthy,” Schmidt said.

His stock took off in December when he averaged 28 points, 11 boards and 7 assists during a three-day showcase in Toronto.

“After that, Kansas called,” Schmidt said.

Some schools see McIntosh as a power forward, but Schmidt says he plays some point guard at 22 Feet and is quick and strong enough to blow by defenders on the perimeter but must still improve his shooting stroke.

“His skillset has improved tremendously,” Schmidt said. “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.”

McIntosh is one of a number of Canadian players now competing in Kentucky — along with Ergas, 2013 point guard Emmanuel Owootoah and 2014 power forward Ray Kasongo, among others. (We featured Kasongo here and Owootoah here.)

Schmidt said McIntosh was with coach Ro Russell at Christian Faith (N.C.), but Russell has since left and Schmidt said McIntosh was “going to transfer anyway.”

Russell maintains ties with several of the Canadians in Kentucky.

“Kentucky is basketball country,” Russell told SNY.tv. “And Canada is close enough for parents to go and watch. Many schools have student-exchange programs.”

More and more coaches are now coming to Kentucky to scout these players.

UCLA assistant Korey McCray was in Kentucky last week to see Owootoah and Kasongo, and his colleague Phil Mathews returns Feb. 8 to see Owootoah.

The 6-4 Ergas, meantime, has made several stops before landing at 22 Feet.

You may recall that he was the runner-up to Julius Randle last year in the Elite 24 Dunk Contest in Venice Beach, Calif.

Now the small forward is drawing interest from Kentucky and others. Schmidt said Antigua first reached out about Ergas, and then became interested in McIntosh.

“Everyone in the country has expressed interest in that kid,” Schmidt said of Ergas. “He’s got a chance to be pretty unbelievable.”

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123 comments
Denzil Ludford
Denzil Ludford

I think Dimitri Patterson is not gelling with the team I don't know what it is. Will he be cut? Like in the movie the Five Heartbeats "we shall see".

Hanknaples
Hanknaples

Like I said!!!!.....Did Idzik pick up Egnew ??

hitchhiker
hitchhiker

Detroit & Philly have started cutting guys. I'm very curious to see who the Jets cut 1st, & would prefer not to wait until Tuesday.

McGeorge
McGeorge

I thought Walls looked ok.  Could he start?

UncleJoesJetFarm
UncleJoesJetFarm

The score is deceiving like many preseason games, the Bills defense looks animal!

Oberyn1
Oberyn1

bills vs. bucs on NFLN. Looking forward to McCoy eating Manuel.

Simon Gribben
Simon Gribben

 How small minded to look for blame when so called "accidents" or "Acts of God" are beyond any single person's control, whether GM or waterboy.  "Go with the Flow" is a daily lesson for everyone.  The Great Ones move on while flushing the past and optimistically facing the future.


NYCPEinGermany
NYCPEinGermany

Great write-up Brian. 


Awesome to see Geno play so well - hopefully the idiots questioning Rex and the decision to start Geno over Vick are eating some crow (or just disappear altogether for a while). 


don't get me wrong - I LOVE the Vick pickup (almost as much as I LOVE the Chris Johnson pickup) - but at this point in their careers it just makes so much more sense to start Geno, who seems to have picked up right where he left off at the very end of last season, and bring in Vick if necessary. 

bob
bob

The Packers defensive nose tackle Raji out for the year torn bicep. Looks like where gonna catch a break.

williamg1
williamg1

My takeaways:


1) Geno looked confident and in control. Stood tall and delivered the ball with authority while stepping into hits. Took what the defense gave him. Put the ball in places where only the receiver could get it. When a running lane opened up, he took it (while protecting himself). 

2) The running game will be effective. Ivory and CJ will break down a defense. The Jets should be able to impose their will in the 2nd half. The key is keeping the game managable in the first half.

3) Decker, Kerley, Amaro, Salas and Gates look pretty good. Maybe even Sudfeld. Stephan Hill is a waste of 6'5''. He'd try to body catch a jump ball. 

4) Willie Colon is worth the inevitable stupid penalty each game. Not sure about Winters. 

5) Our defensive line is just sick. Yes, they let up a few yards on the ground, but I'm not concerned. They were totally disruptive in the backfield. They are just sick. 

6) Quinton Coples (see above).

Brad Jerris
Brad Jerris

I am pleased with the Jets Direction:

Geno looks much improved and that's the most important position that needed improvement for this team to be a contender.


The Team has added some offensive weapons: Decker, CJ, Amaro. 

I think Greg Salas should make the team. He looks like the 3rd best WR on the team and I think he should be starting on the outside opposite Decker, with Kerley in the Slot.


WR Ranking: Decker, Kerley, Salas, Nelson, ...? (Gates great catch yesterday, can he do Kickoff returns too? Even though most are Touchbacks), Hill- great straight line speed, but cant separate well, doesn't use his hands to snatch the ball, and doesn't make the tough catch in space; Ford- kickoff return guy, but havent see him do too much with catching the ball, just a couple of catches here and there, Sauders- Maybe medical condition we can put him on IR.


Secondary: I am liking and intrigued by Antonio Allen at CB/Safety. There are some physical WR the Jets will be facing and they can use Allen on them. Hopefully, Allen should be ready for Week 1 and Millner soon after. Walls looks competent and Lankster held his own last week. Did Lankster even play yesterday? Wilson always frustrates me and Patterson cant stay healthy.



Clint Neal
Clint Neal

Trade Hill and a 3rd/4th rounder for a CB please...

harold
harold

I prefer lankster but it seems management prefers walls

Oberyn1
Oberyn1

@UncleJoesJetFarm


Didn't look too good there on Evans touchdown.


They have a nice pass rush, and Spikes should help their run D, but this Bills secondary is nothing to be feared.

marcus81
marcus81

@NYCPEinGermany  with only Kerley to throw to when he was healthy Geno played well enough to have a .500 season, this year we'll find out if Geno is a franchise QB or just a decent QB a top half QB or a Tavaris Jackson type

a57se
a57se

@bob 

That could open up the running game for us...I like our chances in GB.

hitchhiker
hitchhiker

They may need Green for the Eagles game, hopefully all 3 'starters' at RB get the day off & avoid injury.

Of the players active yesterday Tajh Boyd, Ras-I Dowling, Steele Divitto, Patrick Ford, Kerry Hyder, Anthony Grady, Will Campbell, Caleb Schlauderaff, Markus Zusevics, Zach Thompson, and Colin Anderson didn't play a single snap. I wonder if they will be the 1st players cut, except Boyd who is likely 'needed' for the Eagles game.

nickballs
nickballs

@harold i dont get the love with Lankster at CB...guy is ok ...nothing more, nothing less...i think Walls looks better

Oberyn1
Oberyn1

@MoSacks MoSnacks


Manuel has looked awful. 


Their defense has looked good, and it's scary to think that this is w/o kyle williams in there. I think their secondary is pretty average though.



Oberyn1
Oberyn1

@a57se @bob


I agree. I know people fear that Rogers will destroy us, and he probably will, but GB doesn't exactly have a very good defense. 

David Aron
David Aron

@hazard2012 @Clint Neal
just spinning my wheels:
GB CB Sam Shields
sure GB just resigned him to a big contract, however maybe GB will be worried about their hole at DT and their 2015 cap. Trading DT Harrison or Ellis (plus a draft pick) might be more than a flight of fancy.
maybe more in touch with reality, Jets DT Barnes could be traded for one of GB's cut down CBs.


If you were really hard pressed to get rid of WR Hill, maybe a trade with Seattle for a CB that might be on the bubble. CB Simon(?)


I would mention the Pettine/Browns connection who would know Hill and have CBs that are versed in Rex-style coverages but it would seem that the browns, while needy at WR, are also thin at CB.


david from haifa

hazard2012
hazard2012

@Clint Neal @hazard2012


I'm as nervous about the corner position as you are, but not sure there's a way to now actually fix it this late in the game before the season opens.  


Not sure who's available, who might make it past Idzik's rigid requirements, or who might be cut/waived over the next two weeks.   

Oberyn1
Oberyn1

@marcus81


Milliner has 3 weeks before GB. He should be back by then. Allen should be ready for week 1. 


If the pass rush is as fierce as it was last night, then i'm feeling better about the secondaries deficiencies being masked.

Clint Neal
Clint Neal

@hazard2012 @Clint Neal I was reading Champ Bailey could be on the bubble..maybe he would get cut and give us some depth..but I guess we will just have to see who gets cut..I don't really Idzik going for a trade as much as I want it to happen.

hazard2012
hazard2012

@Clint Neal @hazard2012


Not a big Champ Bailey fan, especially at this late stage in his career.   The options will be few and far between, however, and I doubt Idzik will consider a meaningful trade...it would contradict everything he's done/said this off-season.    Making a move now would require he admit he was wrong not to get a CB in FAcy.  

__fense
__fense

@hazard2012 @Clint Neal I dissagree there. He did get a CB in free agency, so nothing he'd do would require him admitting he was wrong to not, and furthermore there's absolutely no reason to go "A bunch of my Corners are hurt, let's see if we can get another one." Yeah, fans and the media would try to spin it that way, but I don't think Idzik really cares that much. 

hazard2012
hazard2012

@__fense @hazard2012 @Clint Neal


He got a oft-injured CB on the cheap, not a top CB like Jones, Verner or Revis, etc., in FAcy, and he didn't land any of the  top tiered CBs in the draft.  


To me that's big, big mistake and lost opportunity, whether some fans or Idzik himself admit it or not.  



levi
levi

@hazard2012  Sure maybe possibly we could have signed Revis for 16 million but lets not act like Revis doesnt have an injury history. So how bad would Idzik look if he signed him only to see him injured and on the bench all season.

hazard2012
hazard2012

@levi @hazard2012


We could've had Revis for the same $12M he's getting from NE.   We could have had Jones and Verner, or others for even less.   Sure, they could get hurt, but at least we'd know they'd have solved the problem if they stayed healthy.  


Patterson has a long history of injuries and was never a top CB to begin with....and was never really intended as anymore more than a placeholder until McDougle sprouted wings.


All I'm saying here is that we're justified in second-guessing Idzik on his strategy where CB is concerned.