NIU to welcome James Madison, San Jose State and Milwaukee to DeKalb this weekend
2006-07 Highlights: Became the first player in school history, since assists were recorded, to notch 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 200 assists...named to the Honorable Mention All-Mid American Conference squad...led the Huskies in scoring (12.9 ppg.) and steals (34), while averaging 4.9 rebounds per game...knocked down a career-best 22 three-pointers...posted a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds against Western Michigan (Mar. 7) in the MAC Tournament...tallied 10 points, seven rebounds and six assists in NIU's 76-69 win over Eastern Michigan (Mar. 4)...collected a game-high 23 points and nine rebounds against Central Michigan on (Feb. 25)...scored his 1,000th career point against Bowling Green (Feb. 7)...collected a game-high 20 points and tied a career best with four treys against Miami (Jan. 30)...posted a game-high 19 points and seven rebounds against Kent State (Jan. 27)...had a game-best 20 points against Ball State (Jan. 16)...garnered a career-high 28 points, including a career-high four three-pointers, including the game-winning lay-up in a 70-68 win over Western Michigan (Jan. 7)...named to Marist Pepsi Classic All-Tournament Team...totaled a double-double with 19 points and a career-high 13 rebounds against Marist (Dec. 29).
2005-06 Highlights: Appeared in 26 contests, while earning the starting nod in 16...averaged 9.2 points in 27.3 minutes of action per game...shot 54.2% (96-for-177) from the floor, good for seventh in the MAC...currently sits in eighth place in NIU history with a .517 (268-for-518) field goal percentage...scored in double-figures in 12 out of 26 contests...preseason All Mid-American Conference West Division honoree...captured the 26th Annual Mike Korcek Slam Dunk award for the second consecutive season with 22 throwdowns...holds 52 career dunks...posted a season-high 17 points in a 55-54 loss at the hands of UIC (12/17/05)...tallied 12 points and seven rebounds against Toledo (3/9/06) in the MAC Quarterfinals...was 5-for-6 from the field and finished with 12 points in a 86-60 win over Western Michigan (2/4/06)...shot a perfect 5-for-5 from the floor and finished with 13 points in a 67-55 win over Eastern Michigan (1/29/06)...nearly missed a double-double with 11 points and nine boards in a 49-43 road victory over Central Michigan (1/26/06)...had a team-best 15 points, a career-high seven assists, six rebounds and four steals in a 67-66 loss to Toledo (1/24/06)...had the game-winning tip-in with 3.6 seconds remaining to give NIU the 75-74 come-from-behind win over Bowling Green State (1/11/06)...scored in double-figures in six consecutive games from 11/28-12/30, culminating with a 16-point performance against North Dakota State in the Holiday Stores GranTree Classic, hosted by Montana State...was named to the Holiday Stores GranTree Classic All-Tournament Team...scored a team-best 12 points in a 62-42 win over Wright State (12/13/05).
2004-05 Highlights: Honorable mention All-Mid-American Conference after leading the team in both scoring (12.6) and rebounding (6.1) from his shooting guard position ... One of two MAC guards (joining Ben Reed of Western Michigan) to lead his team in rebounding and finished third among MAC guards (behind Reed and Chet Mason of Miami) on the boards ... Finished third among MAC guards (behind Reed and Mason) with four double-doubles and enjoyed three of his four double-dips during conference play ... Saw his offensive numbers increase considerably during league action with a scoring norm of 13.9 points in MAC play and an average of 14.8 points over the final 13 games ... Reached double figures in 10 consecutive games and in 12-of-13 to close the year ... Shot 54.1 percent from the field (66-of-122) over that stretch ... Also averaged 7.1 rebounds over the final 13 contests ... Led the team with 110 free throw attempts and ranked 14th in the MAC with a 74.5 percent stroke from the charity stripe ... Saw that FT success rate jump to 78.5 in MAC play, which was ninth overall ... One of two Huskies averaging double-figures (12.6) and added an improved three-point shot (18-of-40, .450) to his arsenal ... Recorded back-to-back double-doubles vs. Eastern Michigan (2/16/05) and Wright State (2/19/05) ... Scored 11 points and grabbed a career high 11 boards at Wright State in the Bracket Buster contest after opening the week with a career-high tying 22 points and 10 boards at EMU ... Extremely versatile player that ranked among the top three on the club in minutes (31.1), assists (2.3) and steals (0.9) ... Flashed that versatility over the final two games of the season with 15 points, five boards, six assists and three steals in the regular-season finale vs. Toledo (3/2/05), before closing with 15 points, eight boards and three dimes at Buffalo (3/7/05) ... Electrifying leaper that converted on 16 alley-oops and enjoyed three slams against Ball State (2/27/05) en route to a 12-point, seven-board evening ... Went a career-best 3-of-3 from three-point range in the win over Bowling Green (2/23/05), scoring 15 points to go with three steals and eight boards ... Tied a career high 22 points on 7-of-9 shooting vs. Marshall (2/3/05) ... Scored 14 of his points in the second half and hit a career high 8-of-9 free throws, while grabbing seven boards ... Twice scored 19 points including an 8-of-10 shooting effort in the first meeting at Buffalo (1/25/05) ... Hit 2-of-3 treys in another 19-point effort vs. Western Michigan ... Recorded his initial double-double in the contest as well, grabbing a then-career high 10 rebounds ... Reached double-figures in points a team-leading 21 times last season and grabbed more than seven rebounds on 13 occasions, also tops on the club.
2003-04 Highlights: Earned six starts on the season including five in the last-nine contests ... Averaged 19.0 minutes per game, but saw that average shoot up to 25.4 mpg. in his last-10 games ... Defensive prowess earned the athletic guard increased playing time throughout the season ... A gifted offensive performer as well and was NIU's best perimeter rebounder ... Scored 12 points on 4-of-7 shooting against Miami (OH) (Feb. 25) ... Grabbed four rebounds, handed out two assists and ripped two steals against the RedHawks ... Returned to double-figures against Central Michigan (March 1) with 11 points on 4-of-9 shooting ... Grabbed a nine boards vs. the Chippewas, narrowly missing his first career double-double ... Also handed out four assists, had a game-high tying three steals and blocked a shot vs. CMU for his most complete stat line of the season ... Tied career highs in rebounds (9), assists (5) and minutes (32) at Buffalo (March 8) ... Finished the season third on the team with 49 dimes ... Top rebounding guard, averaging 3.7 caroms a game, 1.6 of which came on the offensive glass ... Scored a game high 16 points vs. Cornell College (Dec. 15) ... Was 6-of-8 from the field and 4-of-4 at the foul line.
Prep: Came on during his senior season to lead Evanston to a spot in the IHSA Final Four ... Led the Wildkits to a 22-9 overall record ... Collected First-Team All-Central Suburban South honors after scoring 13.3 points per game with 9.0 rebounds and 6.3 assists ... Led Evanston Township in scoring on 10 occasions including a 27-point outburst in a Super-Sectional win over Chicago Hubbard at the United Center ... Typically a slasher, McKinney still shot 50 percent from beyond the arc hitting 9-of-18 shots ... Earned Special Mention All-State honors from the Chicago Tribune and Third-Team All-State accolades from the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association ... All-Area accolades were collected from the Chicago Sun-Times ... Despite limited numbers during his junior year, he was picked by the Tribune and Sun-Times as a Player to Watch in the CSS in the publication's annual boys' basketball preview.
Personal: Son of Patricia Sims ... Born May 13, 1985 ... Majoring in Sociology.