McKines Earns WAC Player of the Week Honor
New Mexico State redshirt senior forward Wendell McKines has been named the Verizon WAC Men's Basketball Player of the Week for the week of Nov. 14-20. The honor marks the first career WAC Player of the Week award for McKines.
An Oakland, Calif. native, McKines led the Aggies to a pair of rivalry wins and a 3-0 start for the first time since the 2003-04 season. Scoring all 14 of his points in the second half, McKines directed the Aggies to their first win in Albuquerque since 2002, defeating New Mexico, 62-53. McKines had a game-high nine rebounds with two assists, a blocked shot and a steal against the Lobos.
In NM State's 89-73 home-opening win over UTEP, McKines scored a career-high 23 points along with 13 rebounds for his second double-double of the year and 29th of his career. He was 5-of-13 from the field and a career-best 12-of-15 from the free throw line. He also had two assists and three steals.
"We expect a very successful season, so it was good to receive an individual accolade," head coach Marvin Menzies said. "With Wendell getting named WAC Player of the Week, hopefully, it is one of many accomplishments we'll receive this year."
On the week, McKines averaged 18.5 points, 11.0 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 2.0 assists per game. He shot 37.0 percent (10-of-27) from the field and 75.0 percent (15-of-20) from the free throw line.