Men's Basketball



10  Chris McMillian
Chris McMillian

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Brea, Calif.

High School:
Brea Olinda

Height / Weight:
5-10 / 180

Position:
Guard


2002-03 (Redshirt Senior): Chris McMillian returns this season after receiving a medical hardship from the NCAA. McMillian attempted to play a year ago following a broken fibula in his left leg during the summer of 2001. But four games into his 2001-02 season, it was determined that medically McMillian couldn't continue. He will enter his final season at UW having started all 93 games of his career. He ranks No. 3 on the Wyoming Career Assist list with 387 assists. McMillian trails only Sean Dent (502 career assists) and Fennis Dembo (410) on the all-time list. He is No. 5 on the UW Career Steal chart with 124, and also ranks No. 5 in career games started (93). The fifth-year senior is No. 10 in career threes at UW with 80. His leadership, on and off the court, will be a big plus for the Cowboys. An outstanding distributor of the basketball and tenacious defensive player, McMillian will give Wyoming one of the deepest and best backcourts in the nation. The Sporting News ranked Wyoming's backcourt as one of the Top 20 in the nation as a unit prior to the start of the 2002-03 season. He has changed his jersey number from #10 to #24 for his senior season. McMillian chose to change his number due to his close friendship with his older sister, Nicole, who also wore #24 in college.

2001-02 (Senior, Medical Hardship Year): Chris McMillian had started for the Cowboys from his point-guard position for 89 consecutive games entering the 2001-02 season. He also started all four regular-season games he played in during the 2001-02 season before it was determined that his surgically-repaired leg wouldn't let him continue. McMillian suffered a broken leg on July 25, 2001, sliding during a summer league softball game. He underwent surgery to repair the fracture on July 26. In the four games he played in 2001-02, he averaged 4.5 assists and 4.0 rebounds per game. Over the 93-game span McMillian started, he helped lead the Pokes to a winning percentage of 64.5 percent, posting a 60-33 record. For the second consecutive season, The Sporting News College Basketball magazine named McMillian the "Best Playmaker" in the Mountain West Conference prior to the beginning of the season.

2000-01 (Junior): McMillian started every game of the season (30 games) for the third consecutive season. He averaged 4.2 assists per game to rank No. 3 in the Mountain West Conference for the 2000-01 season. McMillian also ranked No. 5 in the MWC in assist-to-turnover ratio, handing out 1.79 assists for every 1.00 turnover he committed. His 125 assists for the season ranked as the eighth best single-season total in school history. McMillian also came within one assist of tying the single-game school record when he handed out 13 assists versus Delaware State on Dec. 19, 2000. He scored a season high 18 points in leading Wyoming to an 81-61 home victory over New Mexico on Feb. 26, 2001. McMillian recorded the first double-double of his career when he scored 10 points and handed out 10 assists against Colorado State on Feb. 10, 2001, in a 72-70 home win.

1999-2000 (Sophomore): McMillian started all 31 games for the Cowboys as a sophomore. He led the Cowboys in assists for the second consecutive season, averaging 3.7 assists per game. McMillian ranked second on the squad in steals (1.4 spg) and in minutes played (30.9 mpg). Among Mountain West Conference players, he ranked 19th in scoring (9.7 ppg), third in assists (3.7 apg), fourth in free-throw percentage (.757), fifth in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.34 to 1.00) and 10th in steals (1.4 spg). McMillian scored in double figures in 16 of 31 games during his sophomore season. He tied a season high with nine assists in the semifinals of the MWC Tournament versus UNLV on March 10, 2000.

1998-99 (Freshman): Not only did McMillian lead the Cowboys in assists (4.6 apg) as a freshman, but he also led the team in minutes played (29.9 mpg), ranked fourth in scoring (9.5 ppg) and second in steals (1.9 spg). McMillian maintained a 1.4 assist-to-turnover ratio in his first year of college competition. He scored a career high 24 points vs. UT-Pan Am on Feb. 16, 1999. Scored in double-figures in exactly 50 percent of his games played -- 14 of 28. Scored 21 points vs. Air Force on Feb. 25, 1999. Ranked No. 7 in the WAC in assists (4.6 apg), No. 11 in steals (1.9 spg) and No. 14 in free-throw percentage (.730). His 4.6 assist-per-game average as a freshman was the best ever for a UW freshman. Twice he handed out nine assists in a game, vs. Louisiana Tech and UNLV. Scored in double figures in four of his last six games, and averaged 14.2 points per game in those final six games of the 1998-99 season.

High School/Personal: Led his Brea Olinda High School team to a 24-5 record as a senior and the CIF Semifinals. In addition to being named All-Orange County by the L.A. Times and Orange County Register, McMillian was selected First Team All-CIF Division II as a senior. He averaged 24 points, six assists, four rebounds and three steals his final year of high school, and broke his school's single-season record for three-pointers with 98. Also hit 80.8 percent from the free-throw line (135 of 167).

His junior season, he averaged 17 points, seven assists and four steals per game. Brea Olinda posted a 26-4 record his junior season, and advanced to the CIF Semifinals.

He came from an outstanding program at Brea Olinda High where he played for coach Gene Lloyd. McMillian was part of two teams that posted undefeated conference seasons his sophomore and junior seasons in the very competitive Orange Conference.

One of his former high-school teammates moved up to the NCAA Division I level a year ahead of him. Guard Sean Wink played in the Big Ten at Northwestern University.

McMillian was also recruited by Pepperdine, San Diego State and San Jose State. Born May 22, 1980, he is the son of Janice and Willie McMillian, and has one older sister, Nicole Sharisse Clark. He is majoring in communication.

Career Statistics

TOTREBTOTPTS
G/GSMIN/AVGFG-FGA/FG%3-PT./FG%FT-FTA/FT%ORDRREBAVGATOBLSTPTSAVG
'98-'9928/28838/29.973-204/.35829-106/.27492-126/.7301580953.4130902522679.5
'99-'0031/31957/30.998-255/.38418-85/.21287-115/.7571873912.9114851443019.7
'00-'0130/30961/32.061-164/.37233-94/.35153-81/.6541265772.6125702242086.9
'01-'024/4106/26.50-9/.0000-4/.0008-13/.615313164.018120482.0
Totals93/932862/30.8232-632/.36780-289/.277240-335/.716482312793.038725751247848.4

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