ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — New Mexico State’s basketball success obviously is dependent on Wendell McKines bringing his energy to every game.
The Aggies just don’t want the senior forward too revved up tonight at San Jose State, which is a homecoming for the Oakland, Calif., native.
“If you count people who have been following me since high school, at least 100,” said McKines, asked how many fans for whom he personally will be responsible tonight as the Aggies (13-5, 3-0 Western Athletic Conference) face the Spartans (6-11, 0-3).
New Mexico State at San Jose State: Women at 6 p.m., men (KQTM-FM 101.7) at 8:30 p.m.
Aggies coach Marvin Menzies said his only concern for McKines is that he will be so fired up, he can get in early foul trouble.
“It’s not ‘Wendell going home for vacation to the bay.’ His focus needs to be on point,” said Menzies. “His focus needs to be on point.”
McKines is having a season worthy of a conference player of the year. He is the only WAC player averaging a double-double – his 18.3 points per game rank second, and his 10.7 boards lead the league.
The Aggies are seeking their sixth consecutive victory, all coming since their blowout loss at home to UNM on Dec. 28. They are getting back sophomore forward Renaldo Dixon, who hasn’t played since the blowout home loss to New Mexico on Dec. 28. NMSU officials say Dixon, a longtime friend of ex-Aggie Christian Kabongo, had to weigh whether he wanted to remain an Aggie after Kabongo left the team and the school at the semester break.
NMSU leads the all-time series 30-12 but fell last year in San Jose in overtime, 72-70.
— This article appeared on page D4 of the Albuquerque Journal