McKines was driven to return but he sounded like he wouldn't be where he wanted to be by the middle of January.
He hasn't played a full season since his sophomore year. It was really his only full season at NMSU since he was a role player as a freshman behind fifth-year seniors. Playing against UNM and UTEP at full strength was also something he talked about.
In the end, I don't see his decision as that much of a surprise, but I do believe it was a frustrating decision for him to make.
From covering this team for four years, I've learned to expect the unexpected but it does seem like McKines is intent on returning to NMSU next year. If Troy Gillenwater were to return, the expectations would certainly be high.