Matt McKinney
Matt McKinney

Player Profile

Santa Ynez, CA

High School:
Santa Ynez

Height / Weight:
6-8 / 222




UCLA -- McKinney missed most of last season with a fractured bone in his left foot ... He was able to practice during the latter part of 2003-04 but did not appear in a game ... In 2002-03, McKinney redshirted his freshman season in basketball and was a member of Al Scates' Bruin men's volleyball team ... As a senior (2001-02) at Santa Ynez, CA HS, McKinney was a two-sport standout in basketball and volleyball and was considered one of the top prep volleyball players in the U. S.

2003-04 - McKinney did not appear in a game ... On Nov. 4, it was announced that McKinney would miss at least 6-8 weeks because of a fractured bone in his left foot (casted, no surgery) ... Once the cast was removed and after weeks of rehabilitation, McKinney returned to practice late in the season. ...He injured the foot on June 15, 2003 during his first game in the Say-No Summer League at West Los Angeles College ... Athletic Director's Honor Roll (3.0gpa and higher) for the Spring quarter.

2002-03 -- McKinney redshirted in basketball last season as a true freshman.

2003 UCLA Volleyball -- As a freshman last Spring, McKinney appeared in 17 matches, started 14 and averaged 2.9 kills per game ... He recorded a career-high 16 kills vs. Hawaii and also recorded matches of 15 kills three times ... McKinney's best match was against UC Irvine on March 7, when he recorded career-highs of 10 digs, seven total blocks, three aces and spiked 15 kills vs. the Anteaters and hit .345.

High School -- Basketball, under coaches Greg Zuffelato and Chris Avery, and volleyball, under coach Chip Fenenga, standout at Santa Ynez HS ... A three-year All-League and All-County performer in basketball, as a senior McKinney was the No. 3 power forward on the west coast and the ESPN No. 24 small forward in the U. S. ... In 2002, McKinney averaged 22.3 points, 10.3 rebounds and 1.3 blocked shots and shot 51% from the field ... McKinney had a career-high game of 38 points vs. Morro Bay ... As a junior in 2001, he averaged 20.2 points and 12.5 rebounds and had a triple double (23 points/13 rebounds/10 blocks) at the Fillmore Holiday Tournament ... As a sophomore in 2000, he averaged 20.1 points and 11.4 rebounds and in his varsity debut, scored 27 points with 25 rebounds ... He's Santa Ynez's all-time leader in points (1400) and rebounds (500) ... In volleyball, entered 2002-03 with fellow Bruin freshman recruit, Patrick Nihipali from Mira Costa HS in Manhattan Beach, as the two top high school players in the U. S. from 2001-02 ... At Santa Ynez, McKinney played on four consecutive CIF Southern Section State Championship teams ... As a senior, Santa Ynez was rated the No. 1 team in the nation by Volleyball Magazine and McKinney was a USA Junior National team selection and MVP CIF Division Player of the Year as an outside hitter and middle blocker ... As a junior in 2001, McKinney was a member of the USA Youth National Volleyball team, first-team All-American and won a silver medal at the Junior Nationals in Phoenix, AZ playing for the Los Angeles Athletic Club (LAAC) team (18-year-old open) ... As a sophomore in 2000, he won a bronze medal on the LAAC team at the Junior Nationals (17-year-old club division) in Reno, NV, was a member of the USA Youth National Volleyball team and an All-American ... As a freshman in 1999, playing for the Santa Barbara Club team, McKinney won a silver medal at the Junior Nationals (18-year-old club division) in New Orleans, LA.

Personal -- Full name: Matthew Thomas McKinney ... Parents: Harry and Lee Ann McKinney ... Right-handed ... Born July 29, 1983 in Santa Monica, CA ... Father and uncle played basketball at Tennessee Tech ... Uncle was offered by St. Louis Hawks and New York Knicks in 1962 ... According to Matt, "playing basketball at UCLA has been my dream since I was eight-years old. That's when I began attending Bruin games and getting John Wooden's autograph." ... Undeclared major ... Interested in sports communications ... Would like to be a sports broadcaster when athletic career is completed.