January 23, 2012

Super Six part three: Miller-McIntyre update

The gem of the "Super Six" is Codi Miller-McIntyre, who is the catalyst for Hargrave Military Academy's post grad team.

He and fellow Wake signee Andre Washington have played integral roles in helping Hargrave jump out to a 21-0 record with 18 games left to play.

Hargrave is averaging nearly 120 points a game, while holding its opponents under 70.

"Every day in practice we go at each other as hard as we can," Miller-McIntyre said. "Sometimes I honestly feel like we go at each other harder than we do in actual games. Each practice is our championship game. We don't look at it as if we're 21-0. We practice as if we were 0-21. We still have a lot to prove."

Miller-McIntyre, a product of Concord, NC, is the oil to Hargrave's engine, as he is averaging an impressive 24 points, six rebounds, nine assists and three steals per game.

Rivals.com rates Miller-McIntyre as a four-star recruit, the nation's No. 15 point guard and the No. 70 prospect overall. Not only his game, but his mentality has evolved since enrolling at Hargrave. He said he looks to pass more, while still managing to contribute as a scorer.

"I do what the game needs me to do, what my team needs me to do," Miller-McIntyre said. "If I have to find the open man, because my team needs to hit two threes in a row then I'm going to look for him each and every time, but if I'm knocking down shots in a tight game I'm going to have to go back to my scoring mentality."

Wake Forest has struggled to get solid point guard play from Tony Chennault and others this season, so anticipate Miller-McIntyre to get the lion's share of the load if the sophomore from Philadelphia does not improve dramatically.

"They [Wake's coaches] don't want me to let up," Miller-McIntyre said. "They keep reminding me of why I have a chip on my shoulder. The thing I can improve to help out Wake Forest is to be more of a vocal leader, like be more vocal on the court defensively [and] offensively, because a lot of the time I won't say much."

His familiarity with Washington and correspondence with the rest of Wake's incoming class will help make his transition to the collegiate level easier.

"I know what Andre can do, and what he can't do," Miller-McIntyre said. "I know where he likes to get the ball. I know certain places where if he gets the ball and he shoots he'll knock it down every time. I think that will help a lot. Me and Aaron [Rountree] and Devin [Thomas] talk from time to time. We say congratulations on big wins. Tyler [Cavanaugh] and Arnaud [Adala Motto] we talk not a lot, but we all have a good relationship."

Miller-McIntyre's experience with Washington and the chemistry he is cultivating with the other recruits will be advantageous to a young team that is under construction.

The Hargrave point guard has been to Winston-Salem twice this season to see the Deacs play. No access to television at Hargrave keeps Miller-McIntyre from regularly watching Wake Forest's games, so he gets his news on the Deacs via Twitter.

"They're [current Deacs] not selfish," Miller-McIntyre said. "Nobody on the team is selfish. That's one thing I like. The six of us are going to make the older guys push themselves even harder, work out even harder. At the end of the day everybody's going to end up getting better, because they see people coming in. It's going to make them work harder, and then they're going to make us work harder."

Miller-McIntyre hopes to visit Wake in March.

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