NMSU basketball player Wendell McKines is writing that he will play this year despite being behind credit hours in the classroom.
Wendell does the little things right on the basketball court. He's the team's best rebounder hands down and has turned himself into an effective offensive player. He's a "glue guy," the type of player that can energize a team with his style of play. It seems like many times the club needs a spark, Wendell is there to pick them up. Whether it be tracking down a loose ball, grabbing an offensive board to give the Aggies another possession or throwing down a rim-rattler, McKines brings that electricity to the court that is essential in basketball.
While Wendell put up strong numbers last year - he was the only WAC player to average a double-double - his contributions go beyond the box score. Wendell is the type of player that doesn't need to ball in order to be effective. While that doesn't always add up on the stat sheet, it does equal winning basketball. Guys like that are a luxury to have on your team.
Is he going to play? He seems optimistic that he will. Time will tell. I know the Aggies want him on the court, but also believe that a year of conditioning and working on his game will make McKines a force to be reckoned with when he does return.
I, for one, think that Wendell needs to be out there. He's arguably the most important piece to the team. They wouldn't be the same without him.