The Auckland Huskies have retained the services of the 3×3 sharp shooter, Chris McIntosh for the 2021 Sal’s NBL seaon.
McIntosh was a leading performer at the 2020 Schick 3×3 Cup helping the Huskies to a commendable third place finish – losing 21-17 to eventual champions Southland Sharks in the semi-final.
Mcintosh is somewhat a late bloomer, having played his rookie season in the NBL in 2020 for the Franklin Bulls before suiting up for the Huskies in the inaugural Schick Cup. He is a player Huskies Head Coach Aaron Young he knows very well.
“I actually went to university with Chris so I’ve known him for a long time and I’ve been super impressed with how his game has developed.
“He’s the ultimate pro in sticking with it despite initially, after high school, not getting many opportunities.
“He’s improved his game each year and at the Schick Cup last year he had a break out tournament showing how he can shoot the ball.
“In addition I have been really impressed with his toughness and I don’t think he gets enough credit in that area. He’s definitely someone who can get it done both ends of the court.
“I’m looking forward to helping him continue with his development,” added Young.
Whilst his entry into the NBL had to wait awhile, McIntosh is a vastly experienced age-group representative and something of a veteran on the 3×3 Quest Tour.
“I think playing a lot of 3×3 has helped with the development of my game. It has not only helped my offensive game but has hardened my capabilities at the defensive end having to mark bigger more physical players.”
Having attended Kingsway School, McIntosh played his early representative basketball for Hibiscus Coast before switching to North Harbour where he won an U23 National Championship title in 2016.
“I’m looking forward to the Sal’s NBL season and playing under coach Aaron. Last season in my rookie season I learnt a lot about some of the finer details of the game and how savvy some of the experienced player in the League are.
“Playing with a good group of players and learning off the likes of Aaron and Dillon Boucher is a great situation to be in,” enthused Chris.
Fellow Huskies will be sure to find Chris a good teammate on court and in the locker room – after all he is a fulltime physiotherapist.
Chris joins Tom Vodanovich, Nick Barrow and American guard Armoni Brooks on the Huskies team with additional player signings to be announced in the coming days.
The Huskies begin their 2021 NBL campaign with a trip down the southern motorway on Sunday April 25th to take on the Franklin Bulls.
The Huskies first home game will be on Friday April 30th against Manawatu Jets at Eventfinda Stadium. You can purchase your 2021 membership today at aucklandhuskies.co.nz/2021-memberships