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Toronto’s Finest 1-2 punch

Posted on 13. Feb, 2010 by Tariq Sbiet in High School

Stockton to Malone, Magic to Kareem, Payton to Kemp, Nash to Amare… PB & J. Get the picture? Let me break it down. You probably drew the comparison that all mentioned above are deadly combinations.

In Toronto, the same can be said about 6'0 point guard Kaza Keane and 6’6 forward Mikyle “Big Mac” McIntosh. This dynamic prospect pair are getting it done for the senior Pickering Trojans at just the youthful age of 15.

While faced with a decision to play either junior or senior, Keane felt it would serve him best to duke it out with the big boys.  “I have to get stronger and I thought playing senior and playing against tougher opponents would improve my overall game,” said Keane.

As for McIntosh, it was a no-brainer. Just getting a glance of him is enough of an explanation. At 6’6, McIntosh possesses great size and length with the ability to play multiple positions.  However, for his Pickering Trojans, M&M controls the paint with great energy on the boards as well as on defense. The stat line of 18 pts, 10 rebs, and 5 blks sure doesn’t lie either! 

While Big Mac takes care of things inside on both ends of the floor, you will find Kaza on the run in the open court feeding teammates from all angles for easy buckets. Keane has also managed impressive numbers averaging 12 pts, 8 ast, and 4 stls a game.  “My first option isn’t to score, kind of like Steve Nash; I’d rather have 20 assists than 20 points,” said K-K.  But unlike his fellow Canadian and back-back NBA MVP, Keane has not completely found his shooting stroke yet, and he knows it.  “I want to develop more of a consistent shot so that I can be a bigger threat offensively.”

Luckily, time is on the side of this young core, who will look to make a statement early among Ontario, Canada’s elite.  “You can’t take any days off in senior when you got other strong teams battling to be the best,” said a determined Keane.  After being asked about the confidence level of this season’s young Pickering squad, Kaza answered, “Since the beginning of the year, we’ve always had goals and our main one was to bring back an OFSAA championship to Pickering."  While doubters will doubt, this young group will remain focused and cohesive.  “People always tell us you can’t make it, but at the end of the day we most definitely think we are a contender to win OFSAA. That’s our goal and we’re going to do whatever it takes to get there,” continues Keane. 

In the meantime, this duo will look to build and develop what they have.  “I think we have chemistry but it could be better and in these couple of years we are going to try to take it to another level,” said McIntosh. After speaking to the boys on separate occasions, it was evident that the two were more than teammates.  We’re like brothers, we’re kind of always together,” McIntosh acknowledged.  As for K-K, he took the words right out of his teammate’s mouth, “We’re like brothers, we’re best friends…and it definitely translates on to the court. At the end of the day, I know he’s got my back and I got his.”



Tariq Sbiet- Canadian Recruiting Analyst

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One Response to “Toronto’s Finest 1-2 punch”

  1. Mike Dotto 13. Feb, 2010

    Atta boy Tariq, these are the kind of feature stories I like to see. Great incite and quotes, exactly what we need to get our business running lol

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