McGHEE UNANIMOUSLY SELECTED AS BIG SKY MENâ€™S BASKETBALL FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — After completing a season in which he averaged 12.1 points, 5.1 assists and 1.4 steals per game, Sacramento State point guard Vinnie McGhee, Jr., was named the Big Sky Conference’s Freshman of the Year, it was announced by the league today.
McGhee, a unanimous choice as the league’s freshman of the year, was also an honorable mention all-Big Sky selection. A true freshman who turned 18 years old in October, McGhee becomes the first Hornet to earn Big Sky Freshman of the Year honors since Nate Murase in 1998-99.
“I’m very excited for Vinnie and not surprised he won the award,” Hornet head coach Jerome Jenkins said. “Hands down, he was the best freshman in our conference. Vinnie will be the face of Sacramento State for three more years, and I feel very comfortable with a player of his caliber running the team.”
The Oakland, Calif., native started the final 27 games for Sacramento State, and finished third in the league with an average of 33.7 minutes per game. Also, among Big Sky leaders, McGhee was second in assists, fourth in assist-to-turnover ratio (+1.48) and fifth in steals.
Against Big Sky competition, McGhee averaged a team-high 12.5 points per game, including a season-best 30 points at Montana State. The 30 points were the most by a Montana State opponent since Aaron McGhee of Oklahoma accomplished the feat in 2000.
McGhee shot 38.5 percent (122-317) from the field, 37.0 percent (50-135) from the three-point line and 71.4 percent (45-63) from the free throw line. He scored in double figures 16 times during the season, and led the team in scoring on nine occasions.
McGhee’s 339 points are the most by a Sacramento State freshman during the program’s Div. I era (1991-pres.), and his 142 assists are the second-most by a Hornet during the Div. I era. He was one of four Hornets to play in every game this season, and after coming off the bench at Kansas State in the team’s opener, started every contest the rest of the way.
Sacramento State (4-24, 2-14) recently concluded a rebuilding season in which McGhee was asked to lead a Hornet attack that featured two additional starting underclassmen (freshman Darnell Ferguson and sophomore Justin Eller) the majority of the season.