Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.
LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State men's basketball team was voted to finish second in the WAC Preseason Coaches Poll. In the media poll, the Aggies were picked third.
Senior forward Wendell McKines was voted to the Preseason All-WAC Coaches and Media teams, while senior guard Hernst Laroche earned a second team nod on the Preseason All-WAC Coaches team.
McKines returns for his fifth season after missing the 2010-11 campaign due to injury. As a junior, McKines started in 23 games for the Aggies. He averaged 10.7 points and 9.8 rebounds per game en route to helping the Aggies to a WAC Tournament title and NCAA Tournament appearance. McKines ranks No.6 on the all-time rebounding list at NM State with 761 boards. He also posted nine double-doubles in 2009-10 and has 27 in his career. He was an honorable mention 2009-10 All-WAC selection.
Laroche has a streak of 99 consecutive games started as an Aggie after he started in all 33 games as a junior. He ranks No. 6 on NM State's all-time list for minutes played with 3,209. Laroche ranks second on the school's all-time career assists list with 416 assists. In 2010-11, he dished 152 assists, a mark that ranks No. 6 on the single-season list, and swiped 62 steals, which ranks tied for No. 5 on the single-season list. Laroche also contributed to the offense with 11.5 points per game, which was second best on the team. Continue Reading This Post >>