UTEP-NMSU rivalry hits the NBA Summer League

Here's a cool little fact I came across today. Well, I'm heading up to Las Vegas this weekend (July 13-15) and was looking for things to do about a month ago. I saw the NBA Summer League schedule was released and immediately looked to see if the Spurs (my NBA team) would be participating while I was there. Well, I found out they would be but after I leave July 15. Then, I saw a pair of teams that interested me and found out that the Denver Nuggets and Golden State Warriors would be facing off July 14.

Well, I couldn't pass up that opportunity so sure enough, I looked up the Summer League roster and Stone was on it along with Kenneth Faried, Jordan Hamilton and even a guy named Chu Chu Maduabum from Nigeria.

So I decided to check out who was on Golden State's team where I saw players like Klay Thompson, Harrison Barnes and Draymond Green that I knew would be there and just in the middle I saw one name that really stood out: Wendell Mckines!

That's right, the same Wendell Mckines that graduated from NMSU last year and played against Stone four times over two years (sat out last year, Stone's senior year). It's also the same Mckines who criticized UTEP for losing to Eastern New Mexico in an exhibition match this past year (here was my piece on it with The Prospector- Trash talking precedes latest matchup).

I figure this should spark some competition in both athletes if not a little familiarity. Another player Stone will be up against that he has seen plenty of times before is former Tulsa PG Justin Hurtt, the same man who sunk UTEP this year with a last-second shot in Tulsa.

Well, when I finally catch the game this Saturday at 4 p.m. Mountain Time, I'll be sure to keep everyone posted on what occurs. Until then, this could become a very enticing matchup.

So what do you guys think? Will Mckines be the same old Mckines or do you think he'll even get any playing time? Here may be his one and only chance to make an NBA team.


Wendell Mckines' Twitter profile pic with a Golden State shirt on.

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