NORMAL — Illinois State basketball players Kaza Keane and MiKyle McIntosh will have something to tell their teammates when they hook up with them later this summer.
Keane, a sophomore guard, and McIntosh, a freshman forward, were among 12 players selected Monday to the Canadian Junior Men’s National Team. They will represent their country in the FIBA U19 World Championship in Prague, Czech Republic, from June 27 to July 7.
Canada meets Spain on June 27 in its first game of the tourney. The Canadians also face Croatia on June 28 and Korea on June 29 in pool play before the medal round begins.
Keane helped Canada qualify for this year’s U19 World Championship by capturing the bronze medal at last year’s FIBA Americas U18 Championship in Brazil.
Keane and McIntosh grew up near each other in Ontario, Canada, and attended Christian Faith Center Academy in Creedmoor, N.C., together. They helped lead U17 Ontario to the Canadian boys national championship in 2011 and are the only two ISU players in program history from Canada.
As a freshman last season, Keane started 10 of 31 games for the Redbirds. He averaged a team-high 3.2 assists to go with 2.7 points and 2.1 rebounds. The 6-foot-7 McIntosh signed with ISU in May after averaging 17.6 points, 6.0 rebounds and 4.2 assists last season for 22ft Academy in Kentucky.
Wilkins to play in Belgium: John Wilkins is going back to Belgium.
The former Redbird forward has signed to play professionally with the Royal Basketball Club Verviers-Pepinster of the eight-team Ethias League, which is the top pro association in Belgium. Wilkins averaged 7.1 points and 3.8 rebounds in three seasons with ISU, graduating in May.
Wilkins is a native of Antibes, France, who spent his childhood in France and Belgium. His father, former Redbird star Jeff Wilkins, played professionally in Europe in the 1980s after a seven-year NBA career.
Hill headed to UT Arlington: Johnny Hill, who started at point guard for ISU most of last season, said he will be transferring to Texas-Arlington.
Hill was fourth on the Redbirds last season with a 7.7 scoring average to go with 3.9 rebounds and 3.0 assists. He will sit out this upcoming season per NCAA rules before having two years of eligibility with the Mavericks.
Hill was among four ISU players to transfer after the season. Jon Ekey (Illinois) and Zeke Upshaw (Hofstra) graduated from ISU and will be eligible to play immediately. Jordan Threloff, a junior center, transferred to Northern Illinois in his hometown of DeKalb and is petitioning the NCAA for immediate eligibility based on a family hardship.
Robinson rejoining Moser: Former ISU assistant coach Daniyal Robinson reportedly will join his former Redbird boss, Porter Moser, at Loyola as the Ramblers begin play in the Missouri Valley Conference, according to the City/Suburban Hoops Report.
Robinson was with Moser at ISU from 2003-07. The last three seasons, Robinson has been an assistant coach at Houston.