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Interview with Hunter McIntosh- CAA Rookie of the Year

As I was working on my seventh conference out of the 32 that are in college basketball, I was able to land with Elon star freshman Hunter McIntosh out of the CAA.

Hunter McIntosh entered his first season of being a division one basketball player with an open mind. It seemed to do alright for him by the end of the year. Hunter averaged 11.7 points and 7 rebounds per game. He was able to capture honor of being the CAA Rookie of the Year. We were able to talk about the overall feeling of his first season plus more.

Hunter talks Freshman year

Q: Your freshman year was definitely one to remember. You averaged 11.7 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 3 assists per game. You were named CAA Rookie of the Year and selected to be on the CAA All-Rookie team. Reflecting on your first year of college basketball, how would you describe it?

A: Reflecting on this past season I definitely had a solid year and was able to contribute at a high level for my team right away. Since the season ended and I’ve had time to sit down and evaluate how I played I see many areas that I’ve been attacking to get better so I feel like last year was just scratching the surface of what I’m capable of.

Hunter talks role on Elon

Q: You led the team in assists averaging three a game, what type of role did you see yourself in as a freshman for Elon?

A: I saw myself as a true PG who competes and tries to do whatever was necessary for us to win. Over the course of the year, I developed into one of our main scoring options but I create plays whether that’s for myself or my teammates.

2019-20 Elon team

Q: Elon finished 13-21 overall and 7-11 inside of the CAA. What was the vibe like inside of the locker room to start the year and what was the message from Coach Schrage during the season when it seemed like the struggles started?

A: Coach Schrage’s mindset throughout the whole year was to lay the foundation for a winning program, have unconditional energy everyday, and possess a focus to get better everyday. We definitely had our bumps this season but everyone bought into that mindset and we feel that the groundwork has been laid to have a successful season next year and beyond.

Hunter’s thoughts before the season

Q: What is one thing you were looking forward to beginning a new chapter of your life by playing division one basketball. It’s every basketball player’s dream to do, and you live in it. What is that like?

A: The main thing I looked forward to was just competing at the highest level and matching up against good players to see where my game was. I’m a competitor and love any chance to play against good competition and be able to win. I’m grateful for the experiences I’ve had and will have and won’t that this opportunity for granted. Because I know a lot of people who want to be in my shoes.

New season, new Hunter

Q: What have you been working on during the off-season and during the quarantine time? What is something Elon fans can look at next year and see improved?

A: Fortunately, I’m in an area where things weren’t closed for long, so I’ve been able to get consistent work when the season was done. 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.

2020-21 team outlook

Q: What is your personal expectation for the 2020-21 season for the Elon Phoenix?

A: Personally, I just want to win and whatever I can do to make sure that happens. I try not to get fed up in goals and accolades. Because I believe if you are a winner then all of that will take of itself.

I had a complete blast talking with Hunter. He gave some really good insight into some of the aspects of his game. He had an open mind going into his first year of college basketball and that mindset really made him successful.

I want to thank Hunter McIntosh for the opportunity to talk with him and wish him the best in the future.

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