Arrows Make McIntosh Signing
The Derbyshire Arrows have added their second new signing of the off season with the announcement that Xavier McIntosh will be lining up for the club in the 2019/20 season.
The Sheffield born versatile wing is the second new signing to be announced at the Arrows after the recent recruitment of former Sheffield Sabres guard, Jacob Paredes.
McIntosh joins the Arrows after a season at neighbours and NBL Division 2 newcomers Sheffield Hallam University where he became one of the leading performers in his team. A run of impressive scoring outings lead the Hallam team to the brink of the NBL Division 3 North playoffs before narrowly missing out.
The 21 year old learnt his trade as a youngster through the Sheffield Junior Sharks programme where he teamed up with Paredes in forming a strong back court combination. The rapid development in McIntosh's ability lead to interest from clubs across the nation, including the highly regarded Team Birmingham Elite academy which McIntosh joined in his later junior years.
It was in Birmingham where the 6'2 wing began to grab the attention of the wider basketball community when in 2016, McIntosh was invited to the prestigious Deng Basketball Camp which includes the countries most elite junior prospects. A strong showing at the camp saw the new Arrows signing ranked in 12th amongst Britain's top 50 players.
Team honours flowed for McIntosh as his Birmingham team appeared at the Junior Final 4 tournament as well the senior team securing the NBL Division 3 title. After the first half of the following season started on the sidelines due to injury, McIntosh stormed back to align himself as one of the most free scoring wings in the division.
After missing out on the signature of McIntosh a year ago, Arrows Coach Jonny Kelly was finally pleased to secure the services of his new recruit. He commented:
We're really pleased to have signed Xavier. He's comfortable shooting the 3 and attacking the basket. He also offers really promising length defensively.
Xavier is one of the signings that says, if you are a young talented player who wants to take their game to the next level, Arrows is the place to be.
McIntosh will be playing alongside cousin and Arrows stalwart Joseph Baugh for the first time in his National League career. On committing to the Arrows for the upcoming season, McIntosh had this to say:
I'm looking forward to joining the Arrows and playing with the team. I'm excited to see the impact we can make in the league and us pushing for future success.
Like fellow signing Paredes, McIntosh will get his first outing in an Arrows jersey on Friday 6th September at Dronfield when the Arrows play host to Team USA Select.