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McKINNEY BECOMES FIRST HORNET IN DIV. I ERA TO RECEIVE ALL-DISTRICT HONORS

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SACRAMENTO, Calif -- Two days after learning he was a unanimous first team all-Big Sky Conference selection, junior combo guard Mikh McKinney was named second team all-District 6 by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) today.

McKinney becomes the first Sacramento State player to be named all-district during the program's Div. I era (1991-pres.). The Union City, Calif., native was also the first Hornet to be selected unanimously to the Big Sky's first team as well.

District 6 is made up of players from the Big Sky and Western Athletic Conference. Of the 10 players selected from the district (five on the first team, five on the second team), six were from the Big Sky, including McKinney.

In his second season with the Hornets after transferring from Ohlone College, McKinney has been a big reason why Sacramento State recently qualified for the Big Sky Tournament for the first time since 2006. The Hornets (14-15, 10-10) open tournament play with their quarterfinal game tomorrow afternoon against North Dakota at 1:05 p.m. PDT in Ogden, Utah. Should the team win, it would play tournament host Weber State in the semifinals on Friday.

McKinney has put together one of the more impressive seasons in Sacramento State history. In league play, he leads the Hornets in points (17.0 ppg), rebounds (4.3 rpg), assists (5.1 apg), assist-to-turnover ratio (+2.4) and steals (1.3 spg). Among conference leaders, he ranks first in both assists and assist-to-turnover ratio, and fifth in scoring and minutes played (35.8 per game).

Entering the conference tournament, McKinney has scored in double figures in 13 straight games, and 25 times overall this year. That includes leading the team in scoring in 18 of 29 games, and posting seven games with at least 21 points. One of those games was a career-high tying 30-point effort against Big Sky regular season champion Weber State. McKinney has also been extremely proficient in conference play, shooting .498 (123-247) from the field which ranks 14th in the league.

A starter in 58 straight games dating back to last year, McKinney averaged 19.9 points, 4.8 rebounds and 5.9 assists while shooting .517 from the floor during the final 13 games of the regular season. Overall, including non-conference play, he is averaging 16.3 points, 3.8 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 1.3 steals on .483 shooting from the field, .352 from the 3-point line and .817 from the free throw line.

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