McKINNEY SELECTED TO PLAY IN THE PRESTIGIOUS PORTSMOUTH INVITATIONAL

McKINNEY SELECTED TO PLAY IN THE PRESTIGIOUS PORTSMOUTH INVITATIONAL

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Sacramento State senior guard Mikh McKinney has been selected as one of 64 college basketball seniors to play in the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament, which will be held April 8-11 in Portsmouth, Va.

The P.I.T. has been held annually since 1953 and each year invites the top college basketball seniors from the across the country to participate in the four-day, 12-game tournament in front of representatives from all 30 NBA teams. The 12-game event is also one of the last opportunities for each team to see the seniors before the 2015 NBA Draft in June. In addition, scouts from numerous international leagues also come to the event.

Portsmouth alums include NBA greats John Stockton, Dennis Rodman, Tim Hardaway and Scottie Pippen, along with many others who have gone on to NBA stardom, including 2015 NBA All-Star Jimmy Butler. Eight players that participated in last year's P.I.T. have played in the NBA this season.

McKinney becomes the first Sacramento State player in school history to be invited to the P.I.T., and is the only player from the Big Sky Conference that will appear at this year's event. McKinney's team will feature eight players, and be coached by Max Gillespie and Gene Arcand, as well as NBA assistant coach Steve Colter.

McKinney will board a plane for Virginia today, and his first game will take place tomorrow night at 6 p.m. PDT. Last Friday, McKinney became the first player in school history to play in the nationally televised Reese's College All-Star Game in Indianapolis, where he helped lead the West squad to a 109-87 victory after scoring seven points and dishing out a game-high five assists.

The Union City, Calif., native recently completed arguably the greatest season in school history. Not only was he selected to the P.I.T. and the College All-Star Game, he was also named an Associated Press honorable mention All-American, Big Sky Conference Player of the Year, a finalist for the Lou Henson Mid-Major Player of the Year award, first team all-District 6, unanimous first team all-Big Sky, all-Big Sky Tournament and a four-time Big Sky Player of the Week selection.

McKinney joined Alex Williams (second team Div. II All-American in 1988) and Lynn Livie (honorable mention Div. II All-American in 1965) as the only three Hornet men's basketball players to receive All-America accolades since the University began playing basketball in 1948.

In fact, McKinney had already become Sacramento State's first conference MVP since 1977, the first player in the program's Div. I era to be named first team all-District, and first Hornet in school history to be named unanimous first team all-Big Sky in back-to-back years.

McKinney helped lead Sacramento State to a record-setting season in which the team posted a 21-12 overall record, a 13-5 Big Sky Conference mark, and the program's first postseason berth during the Div. I era when the Hornets qualified for the CIT. The 21-12 record marked the first time in the Div. I era the Hornets finished with a record above the .500 mark, the 21 victories tied for second most in program history, and the Hornets' win at Portland in the first round of the CIT marked the first postseason win for the program in 53 years.

He finished the season averaging 19.2 points, 4.9 assists, 2.8 rebounds, 2.4 steals, a +2.3 assist-to-turnover ratio and 37.0 minutes per game while shooting .507 (219-432) from the field, .430 (65-151) from the 3-point line and .803 (110-137) from the free throw line.

Despite playing just three years with the program (he transferred from Ohlone College prior to his sophomore season), McKinney ranks fourth in Sacramento State history in career points (1,468). In fact, he is the program's all-time leader in points among players that were not in the program for four years. Moreover, he ranks among Sacramento State's career top 10 in 14 different categories.