The ASEAN Basketball league just welcomed arguably the most versatile threat on both ends of the floor, Filipino-American Import 6’2 Combo Guard Mikh McKinney. McKinney is a starter for The CBA affiliate Chong Son Kung Fu. A Bay Area native who played at both Moreau Catholic High School (Hayward) in is underclassmen years and at Washington High School (Fremont) for his final two seasons, where he was gaining interest from D1 programs such as Santa Clara, Portland State, San Jose, Sacramento State, and Cal Poly. Mikh averaged 25 points per game his senior year and was recognized as 2nd Team All-Metro (Bay Area). Mihk had it all on the court, handles, defense, court vision, and a sweet in your face midrange (or tre ball), but after seeing his transcripts, all but one program took their foot off the gas in terms of recruiting, and that was Sacramento State, where he would end up leaving a historic mark on the Hornet’s Basketball Program by the time he was gone.
Unlike most, he persevered through this difficult time of finding a new route to continue his hoop dreams, which landed him a spot on the Ohlone College Men’s Basketball Team, where he would red shirt in 2010-2011, and play his first and only year in the Coast Conference in 2011-2012, where he was named first team All-Coast Conference. In addition to being an All-State Juco POY selection, McKinney was able to fix his grades and take his game to the next level. After just one season he transferred to Sacramento State where he continued to flourish. As a sophomore for the Hornets, he was one of two players to start every game during the 2012-2013 season. As a Junior in 13-14, he was named Sacramento State Male Student-Athlete of the Year and First Team All Big Sky Conference averaging 17 ppg, along with 4 rpg, and 5.6apg.
It was his senior year during the 2014-2015 season where he etched his name in the Sac State history books forever. For the first time in school history he was selected back to back years as first team All-Big Sky conference, also the first player in the school’s history to play in the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament in Virginia & also the first to play in the Reese’s College All Star Game in Indianapolis. In addition, the Union City native was a finalist for the Lou Henson Mid-Major Player of the Year award, and became Sac State’s first conference MVP since 1977.
In his first year as a Professional Basketball player (2015-2016), McKinney landed a job in Belgium for the Antwerp Giants, playing in The Belgium League (Scooore League) as well as The Fiba Eurocup. His second season as a Pro in 2016-2017 was for the Delaware 87ers, The NBA G-League affiliate team for the Philadelphia 76ers.
“The adjustment in China is definitely difficult” he said in an interview earlier this week. “I think playing overseas once already makes this a bit easier but since I am a picky eater, getting used to the food is probably the hardest”. When asked what communication is like in a foreign place, he responded with “I use google translate and universal hand gestures and that usually does the job”.
In his first game for Chong Son Kung Fu, the relentless guard posted these numbers:
In his second game, he posted 20 points, 5 rebounds and has proven to be one of the best defenders in the league already, averaging 4 steals per game after just two contests. Chong Son Kung Fu is 7-1 and are considered to be one of the top teams in the ASEAN Basketball League. McKinney brings a defensive pressure to the club with long arms and the ability to slash and score from nearly anywhere on the floor.
Check out Mikh’s Highlights from game 2 below:
Follow him on his journey in the Pro world here: @M_Mckinney10 on Instagram
Check out Mikh McKinney’s Senior Season Mixtape from Washington HS shot by CaliHoop (2010)