McKissic overcomes troubled path on way to Arizona State (by Percy Allen, Seattle Times/Jan. 1, 2014)
McKissic living a hard-earned dream (by Doug Haller, azcentral.com/Nov. 30, 2013)
On Dec. 1, 2013, not many people would have thought that Shaquielle McKissic getting a sixth-year of eligibility would have been a big deal.
ASU had just lost to Miami (Fla.) in Anaheim, and McKissic played zero minutes. None. Not one. So what did he do about it? He went to work. He didn’t complain. And in the next game, he posted a 14 points and 12 boards in a Dec. 6 road win over DePaul.
Over four months later, that type of work ethic is worth noting as because of some obstacles in his life he has overcome, the NCAA granted him a sixth-year in his eligibility window. He averaged 9.0 points and 5.4 rebounds last year, but here are some other good notes on his season.
√ He posted 16 double digits in 16 games, and ASU was 11-5 in those games.
√ After averaging 4.3 points and 4.3 rebounds in the first nine games in 18.9 minutes per game, Shaq was third on the team in minutes per game in the final 24 games at 32.0 and averaged 10.5 points (fourth on the team) and 5.8 rebounds (second on the team). He shot a team-best .509 (82-of-161) from the field in that time and was second on the team with 65 assists.
√ He played at least 30 minutes in the final 14 games and averaged 34.4 minutes in that time, second on the team.
√ He had 83 assists (third on the team) and just 28 turnovers on the year, a 2.96 ratio, and was team leader with 41 steals.
√ The Seattle native shot .534 (55-of-103) from the field in ASU’s 17 home games, as the Sun Devils won 16 of them, its best home record since 1974-75 team opened Wells Fargo Arena with a 14-0 home record that initial season.
√ Led team in scoring three times with 19 vs. Grambling, 18 vs. UC Irvine and 16 at Utah. Led or shared the team lead in in rebounds nine times and in assists nine times as well.
#40 SHAQUIELLE McKISSIC 2013-14 HIGHS
Points: 19 vs. Grambling (12/14/13)
Points (Pac-12): 16 at Utah (2/24/14)
Rebounds: 12 at DePaul (12/6/13)
Assists: 7 vs. Bradley (11/22/13)
Steals: 6 at USC (1/9/14)
Minutes: 38 vs. Oregon (2/8/14)