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Wednesday, February 8, 2012
The most interesting man in the WAC

By Myron Medcalf

Wendell McKines isn’t just one of the WAC’s top scorers and rebounders.

He’s a rapper. He’s a writer. And his Twitter feed (@Wen_Mckines31) suggests that he’s also a philosopher. Consider his recent tweets on a variety of subjects:

On basketball …

Rebounding is a period on defense and a comma on offense (Tuesday)

On his superhuman abilities …

I said no mammal can guard me.. I will go in the pacific ocean and give the most dangerous whale a double double (Tuesday)

On reality TV …

Khole and lamar show is gonna clown (Jan. 30)

On his game …

Just left the gym thinking... "I'm the nicest" (Jan. 10)

And this …

The progressive insurance lady is going to be a star (Jan. 5)

New Mexico State’s star is clearly an intriguing figure. But there’s more to the standout than a string of interesting tweets. He’s a serious talent.

McKines is a stud for a WAC team that’s managed to reach second place in the conference despite losing its No. 2 scorer last month.

Christian Kabongo (14.6 ppg) transferred following an indefinite suspension for making lewd gestures toward UTEP fans. But the Aggies have moved forward without him.

They’ve won 9 of 11 with McKines (18.6 ppg, 10.0 rpg) averaging a double-double in WAC play.

Both McKines and the Aggies are worth watching in the coming weeks as they go after their second NCAA tournament berth in three years.
Wendell McKines, a senior power forward from New Mexico State, will visit the Spectrum this Saturday, and when he does he will be a public enemy in Logan for his brash nature, his love-hate relationship with the Aggies student section (mostly hate), and his penchant for making outrageous posts on twitter.

But McKines is a heck of a player for a 6-foot-5 inside guy. Last week he became the second NMSU player in history to top 1,000 rebounds for his career, with Sam Lacey being the first. McKines is attempting to lead New Mexico State to a second NCAA Tournament berth in three seasons. He made a splash this past summer by being named the MVP of the San Francisco pro-am, one of the most competitive in the country. (Tony Jones, Salt Lake Tribune)

The Aggies play two road games in three days (at Idaho Thursday, at Utah State Saturday). Their Saturday matchup against Utah State will be broadcast on ESPN2/ESPN3.com at 3:05 p.m. EST.

Tune in to learn more about McKines.

Or just follow his Twitter feed. That way you’ll learn more about life, too.