NMSU Men's Basketball BIO
31 Wendell McKines

2011-12 (Redshirt Senior)

In his final season in Las Cruces, McKines made a significant impact to the Aggie record book. He averaged 18.7 points and 10.7 rebounds per game, which led both the Aggies and WAC. McKines was No. 8 in the NCAA in rebounds per game and No. 29 in points per game. He also posted 20 double-doubles as a senior, which ranked fifth in the nation, and totaled 47 career double-doubles as an Aggie. McKines was named the 2012 WAC Tournament Most Valuable Player after leading the Aggies to their second conference tournament title in three years and 19th NCAA Tournament berth. He earned National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) All-District Six team and U.S. Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) All-District VIII team honors. McKines became only the second member of the 1,000-career point and 1,000-career rebound club at NM State in the 78-57 win over CSU Bakersfield (Feb. 1). He was only the second player in school history along with Sam Lacey, second active player in the NCAA and 12th player in WAC history to achieve the feat. He concluded his career as No. 2 on the all-time rebounding list (1,135) and No. 8 on the all-time scoring list (1,521) at NM State. McKines ended his time in the Crimson and White ranking third in both games played (126) and minutes played (3,576) in school history. He was tied for eighth in career rebounding average (9.0), 10th in career blocked shots (66), ninth in career field goals made (582), eighth in career field goals attempted (1,194) and ninth in career free throw attempts (432). In the 2011-12 season, McKines shot 46.1 percent from field, 35.2 percent from 3-point line and 76.0 percent from free-throw line. He was a two-time WAC Player of the Week honoree. McKines' first career honor (Nov. 21) came after he guided 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 (Nov. 16). He also supplied 23 points and 13 rebounds in NM State's 89-73 home-opening win over UTEP (Nov. 19). McKines' second honor occurred in the final week of the regular season (March 5). He pulled down a career-high 18 rebounds and scored 20 points in a come-from-behind win at Fresno State in overtime, 83-78 (March 3). At Nevada (March 1), McKines had a team-high 19 points and 13 rebounds.

2010-11 (Senior)

McKines suffered an injury in the preseason and redshirted the 2010-11 season.

2009-10 (Junior)

In his junior season, McKines started in 23 games for the Aggies. He averaged 10.7 points and 9.8 rebounds per game, a team-best mark, en route to helping the Aggies to a WAC Tournament title and NCAA Tournament appearance. McKines shot 48.2 percent from the field, 37.2 percent from 3-point line and 56.5 percent at the free-throw line. He also had 74 assists, 17 blocks and 15 steals in his third season in the Crimson and White. He ranked first in the WAC in conference games with 9.8 rebounds per game. McKines also posted nine double-doubles in 2009-10 and has 27 in his career. He was an honorable mention All-WAC selection.

2008-09 (Sophomore)

McKines didn't have a sophomore slump in 2008-09 but he increased his production for the Aggies especially on the boards. He led the WAC with 10.0 rebounds per game, which was No. 18 in the country. McKines collected 319 boards, a mark that ranked fifth on NM State's single-season list. Offensively, he averaged 12.1 points per contest and shot 48.6 percent from the field and 38.5 from the 3-point line. He played in all 32 games and started in 27 for the Crimson and White. McKines added 52 assists, 36 steals and 22 blocks. He had 16 double-doubles in his second season and led the Aggies in rebounding on 28 occasions. McKines tied a career high for rebounds with 15 against Cal State Fullerton in the ESPNU BracketBuster (Feb. 21), which was one of 19 double-digit rebounding performances he posted. He scored in double figures 22 times with a pair of 20-plus showings including a career-high 22 points versus Fresno State (Feb. 14). McKines collected his first double-double of the year at Long Beach State (Nov. 30) with 16 points and 11 rebounds. He had a span of four consecutive double-doubles twice from North Texas (Dec. 6) to Prairie View A&M (Dec. 17) and from Nevada (Feb. 7) to Cal State Fullerton (Feb. 21). McKines scored 21 points for the first time in his career at San Jose State (Jan. 5) on 8-for-15 shooting including two 3-pointers along with eight rebounds. In the nationally televised game at Nevada on ESPN2 (Feb. 7), McKines hit a 3-pointer with 59 seconds left in the game to give the Aggies a 62-60 victory. The win was the first for NM State in Reno since Feb. 3, 2000.   

2007-08 (Freshman)

As a first-year Aggie, Wendell McKines was truly a force on the glass for the Crimson and White. He had five games when he grabbed 10 or more rebounds. McKines also was a scoring threat when he recorded 12 games with double-digit scoring performances. McKines played in all 35 games as a freshman and he started in 12 games. He averaged 6.4 points and 5.9 rebounds per contest, which ranked fourth on the team. McKines shot 57.3 percent from the field and he recorded 27 assists, 14 blocks and 20 steals. As a rebounding specialist, he led the team on the glass on eight occasions with game-high performances in a pair of rivalry games; 14 rebounds at UTEP (Nov. 27) and 15 rebounds versus New Mexico (Dec. 4). Additionally, McKines finished the year with 94 offensive rebounds, which tied with senior center Hatila Passos for a team-high mark. McKines' 2.69 offensive rebounds per game ranked third in the WAC and he was the lone freshman to finish in the top 10 in a rebounding category. In league games only, he was sixth in offensive rebounds with 2.44 per contest. McKines also led the team in scoring once with 17 points against UC Davis (Nov. 14) and then he posted a career-high 19 points versus LeMoyne-Owen (Nov. 18). From the 3-point line, he made his lone attempt of the season against San Jose State (March 6).

High School

McKines led Richmond High School to a 22-9 finish and a North Coast Section Division II Championship in 2007. McKines averaged 35.0 points, 15.0 rebounds and 3.4 blocks as a senior for the Oilers. He is No. 6 on the all-time scoring list in California with 3,034 career points. McKines was named the San Francisco Chronicle Metro Area and Contra Costa Times Boys Player of the Year. He was also a first team all-state selection and Alameda/Contra Costa Athletic League Co-Most Valuable Player. ESPN listed McKines as the No. 22 small forward in the Class of 2007 while Scout.com placed him at the No. 37 power forward spot. Statistically, McKines ranks in the top 10 in four categories in California. He is No. 4 in career rebounds (1,523), No. 6 in career scoring average (30.3) and No. 9 in season-single scoring (1,080) in addition to the No. 6 position on the all-time scoring list, which includes the likes of Dallas Mavericks guard Jason Kidd. McKines reached the 40-point or more plateau 11 times and scored over 50 points twice.


McKines was born in Oakland, Calif., and is the son of Wendell McKines and Stephanie Drake. He is majoring in marketing.

Position: Forward
Height: 6'6"
Weight: 230
Year: Senior
City/State: Oakland, Calif.
High School: Richmond HS
Experience: 3 Letters

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