Rhyle McKinney is a huge addition to the Lady Raiders basketball team. Prior to coming to Texas Tech, McKinney played at SMU for her first year. She played in six games before the Mustangs decided to opt out of the 2020-21 season.
As a freshman, McKinney was the third-leading scorer for the Mustangs. McKinney averaged eight points and 2.5 rebounds during her first year. In only her second game, McKinney stacked her college resume with 10 points, five rebounds, two assists, two blocks, and two steals against Texas State. She has proved, she can easily play successfully on offense and defense. Her career-high of 13 points was accomplished in back-to-back games against Oklahoma State and Arkansas.
Rhyle McKinney’s impressive career doesn’t start in college though. McKinney is an Argyle High School graduate, and led her team to three state championships, and had advanced to the championship game all four years.
It does not stop there though. McKinney was named the Texas Class 1A-4A Player of the Year by the Texas Girls Association as a junior. She also received TABC 4A All-State recognition in 2019 and 2020. Coming out of high school she was rated the #96 prospect overall and #25 guard prospect by ESPN.
McKinney is going to have a huge impact on this Lady Raider basketball team. She knows how to play and has a strong basketball IQ. Watching her previously play, she is a smart player and has the work ethic to win.
Rhyle McKinney wants to win, and I can see the Lady Raiders being a top competing team with the addition of McKinney. The Lady Raiders may be looked at as the underdogs for now, but I can assure you their fight and ability to win will surprise us all.
Welcome to Texas Tech argyle McKinney! Your game leadership, added to that of Gray, could help the Lady Raiders to unexpected heights this next season.