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Lou Henson Mid-Major Player of the Year Watch List

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Sacramento State senior guard Mikh McKinney was selected among the best mid-major basketball players in the country and named to the Lou Henson Mid-Major Player of the Year Watch List.

McKinney is one of 40 players across the country, and one of just two players from the Big Sky Conference, to make the list. The finalists for the award will be announced in March, and the Lou Henson Award for the Div. I Mid-Major Player of the Year will be announced on April 3 in Indianapolis.

The Mid-Major level is comprised of teams from the following conferences: America East, Atlantic Sun, Big Sky, Big South, Big West, Colonial, Horizon, Independents, Ivy, Metro Atlantic, Mid-American, Mid-Eastern, Missouri Valley, Northeast, Ohio Valley, Patriot, Southern, Southland, Southwestern, Summit, Sun Belt, West Coast and Western Athletic.

McKinney becomes the first player in Sacramento State history to be named to the Watch List. The reigning Big Sky Player of the Week has helped lead the Hornets to an 11-6 overall record and a 5-1 league mark. Sacramento State currently sits atop the Big Sky standings for the first time ever this late in the season, and the 5-1 conference record is the team's best since joining the Big Sky in 1996-97.

Below are some briefs on McKinney's season and career at Sacramento State.

• Currently averaging 17.6 points, 2.9 rebounds, 5.3 assists, 2.9 steals and 35.5 minutes per game while shooting .532 (108-203) from the field, .371 (23-62) from the 3-point line and .768 (43-56) from the free throw line.
• Has scored at least 11 points in all but one game this year (nine points in the other).
• He ranks among the nation's top 63 players in eight different categories, including tied for second in steals per game, sixth in total steals and 40th in assists per game.
• Ranks among the Big Sky's top eight players in six categories, including fourth in scoring. His field goal percentage of .532 is easily the best mark in the conference among guards.
• In Big Sky Conference play, he is averaging 17.5 points, 2.2 rebounds, 6.2 assists, 2.3 steals and 36.2 minutes per game while shooting .519 (41-79) from the field and .391 (9-23) from the 3-point line.
• Already a two-time Big Sky Player of the Week award winner.
• Hit the game winner with 2.6 seconds left to deliver a 63-61 road win at North Dakota.
• Scored 27 of his career-high tying 32 points to lead the Hornets to a comeback 79-76 home win over Idaho.
• Had 32 points, seven rebounds, eight assists and a career-high seven steals while shooting 13-of-21 from the field against Portland.
• Has shot at least 40 percent from the field in all but two games.
• Has led the Hornets in scoring seven times, assists on 11 occasions, and rebounding four times.
• Preseason first team all-league selection by every publication that does a preseason Big Sky honors list (ESPN, Sporting News, Athlon, Lindy's, Blue Ribbon). Named by Lindy's as the Big Sky's top play maker.

• In his third year at Sacramento State, the team co-captain transferred from Ohlone College prior to his sophomore season.
• Became the first player in school history to be unanimously selected first team all-Big Sky last season.
• Became the first player in the program's Div. I era (1991-pres.) to be named all-district when he was selected second team all-District 6 by the NABC last season.
• Has two Big Sky Player of the Week awards this season, and became the first player in school history to rack up four career Big Sky weekly honors (selected twice last year).
• Named Sacramento State's Male Student-Athlete of the Year last spring.
• Team co-captain for the second straight year.
• Has started all 75 games in which he has played in a Sacramento State uniform.
• Has scored in double figures 60 times, including 29 of his last 30 games dating back to last year.
• Has scored 20-plus points on 18 occasions.
• Among Sacramento State all-time career leaders (1948-pres.), despite playing under three years with the program, he ranks among the top 20 players in 17 different categories.
• That includes sixth all-time in assists (297), seventh in starts, eighth in free throws made (253), steals (118) and steals per game (1.6), ninth in minutes per game (33.2) and 10th in minutes played (2,490).
• He became the 13th player in school history to score 1,000 career points, and now has 1,137 points. He is just 13 points shy of cracking into the program's top 10.
• With 397 career field goals made, he needs just two more field goals to crack into the program's top 10.