St. John's floor general, the motor of the Red Storm's up-tempo offense ... received 2012-13 Preseason All-BIG EAST accolades ... also named to the 2012-13 Naismith Player of the Year Early Season Watch List ... a WBCA All-Region, All-BIG EAST second team and All-Met first team honoree in 2011-12 ... recognized on the Nancy Lieberman Award Point Guard of the Year Watch List for three-straight years ... was a 2010 All-BIG EAST Freshman Team honoree ... has averaged 9.3 points, 5.2 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game in her three years with the Red Storm ... enters the 2012-13 season ranked No. 5 in all-time assists with 440 assists, on track to break St. John's all-time career assists record (530) ... also ranks No. 6 in all-time steals with 214 and 104 points shy of reaching the 1,000-point plateau ... has started 83 of 96 games played.
Joe Tartamella on McKenith:
"Nadirah has grown exponentially as a player. She has grown in her ability to control the tempo of the game, create for others around her, and also understand the opportunity she has to score for us. Nadirah has consistently improved her on ball defense each year. She certainly has the ability to play at the next level and we hope to see her have a great year."
As A Junior In 2011-12:
Named a WBCA Regional All-American ... received All-BIG EAST second team and All-Met first team honors ... recognized as BIG EAST Player of the Week (Feb. 20) ... named to the Nancy Lieberman Award Watch List (third time) ... named the ESPN Capital One® Player of the Game for her performance in the NCAA First Round against Creighton (March 18) ... featured on ESPN's SportsCenter twice ... layup against Rutgers (Jan. 17) moved up to No. 5 on SportsCenter's Top 10 Plays ... played and started in 31 games ... averaged 12.1 points per game as the team's second-highest scorer, was No. 23 in the BIG EAST in scoring ... added 5.7 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game ... was No. 3 in the BIG EAST in assists per game ... led team in assists (149) steals (70) and free throw percentage (.785) ... was also No. 10 in the BIG EAST in free throw percentage, No. 6 in steals per game, No. 6 in assist/turnover ratio (1.4) and No. 14 in defensive rebounds (4.2/game) ... was STJ's highest scorer during postseason play, with an average of 12.8 points per game ... produced a five-point, five-assist, five-rebound performance in the season-opener against St. Bonaventure (Nov. 12) ... broke into St. John's top-10 in career assists against the Bonnies (Nov. 12) ... set a career-high in points (26) and field goals (10), and tied a career-high for steals (7) against La Salle (Nov. 16) ... eclipsed the 300-career assist mark with her four assists against La Salle (Nov. 16) ... came within one assist of recording a double-double at Hofstra (Nov. 18) with 19 points and 9 assists ... shot a perfect 6-for-6 from the field against Wagner (Nov. 22) while scoring 15 points and grabbing seven rebounds ... played a solid all-around game against Iowa (Nov. 25), registering eight points, five assists, six rebounds and six steals ... tied for a team-high with 13 points against Temple (Nov. 26) ... went 9-of-10 from the free-throw line as part of a 13-point, five-assist game against Howard (Nov. 30) ... dished out six assists against Hartford (Dec. 4) ... scored 13 points and grabbed six rebounds at DePaul (Dec. 7) ... left with an injury late in the game against No. 1 Baylor (Dec. 11) after scoring nine points and dishing out seven assists ... sat out the STJ-Chartwells Holiday Classic (Dec. 17-18) due to an injury sustained against Baylor ... returned to the starting lineup against Boston University (Dec. 31) after missing three games with a knee injury ... added nine points, five rebounds and five assists in a win over Providence (Jan. 4) ... filled up the box score with 15 points, five rebounds and six assists against then-No. 14/12 Louisville (Jan. 8) ... totaled seven assists against Marquette (Jan. 15) ... recorded 15 points, six rebounds and two assists against No. 7/8 Rutgers (Jan. 17) ... led the team with seven rebounds while also scoring nine points and dishing out four assists against then-No. 2 Notre Dame (Jan. 28) ... approached a triple-double with 10 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds against Pittsburgh (Jan. 31) ... matched a season-high with eight rebounds against Seton Hall (Feb. 4) ... added 13 points and six rebounds against USF (Feb. 8) ... sunk a career-high eleven free throws at then-No. 17/16 Rutgers (Feb. 12) on her way to 18 points, six assists and six rebounds ... paced the team with 15 points, seven assists and seven rebounds against then-No. 2 UConn (Feb. 18), helping break the Huskies 99-game home-winning streak ... matched a career-high with 26 points and 11 free throws against West Virginia (Feb. 21) ... logged a career-high 47 minutes against Louisville (March 4) ... scored a game-high 21 points including the game-winning shot against Creighton (March 18) in the NCAA Tournament First Round ... tied career-best with 11 rebounds in Sweet 16 appearance vs. then-No. 6 Duke (March 24).
As A Sophomore In 2010-11:
Named to the Nancy Lieberman Award "Buzz List" for national point guard of the year for the second-straight season ... led the Red Storm in scoring five times, including a 14-point performance in the NCAA Tournament First Round vs. Texas Tech (March 19) ... averaged 8.4 points per game in BIG EAST contests, third best on the squad ... ranked fifth in the BIG EAST in free throw percentage (.718) and steals (73), and 10th in assists per game (3.9) ... named to the Commerce Bank/Wildcat Classic All-Tournament Team at Kansas State ... scored career-best 24 points and was perfect from the free-throw line (6-of-6) at Kansas State (Nov. 13) ... dished out nine assists vs. Manhattan (Nov. 16) ... totaled nine points, four rebounds and four assists in BIG EAST-opener against Seton Hall (Dec. 8) ... added four steals against the Pirates, marking her seventh-career game with at least four steals ... picked up second double-digit scoring effort of the season with 11 points in win over Liberty (Dec. 28) ... finished with 10 points and seven assists at Louisville (Jan. 4) ... led the team with nine points and eight rebounds against DePaul (Jan. 8) ... also filled up the stat sheet with four assists, two steals and one block against the Blue Demons ... hit first career 3-point bucket en route to a seven-point, six-rebound performance against Cincinnati (Jan. 18) ... tied a career-high with 11 rebounds at Providence (Jan. 29) and added six assists ... led the team in scoring with 12 points at Marquette (Feb. 5) and fell just one assist short of a double-double while tying a season-high with nine ... also pulled down a game-high seven boards ... fell just short of a triple-double with 13 points, nine assists and eight boards against Georgetown (Feb. 13) ... scored 10 points and added six assists with zero turnovers against Syracuse (Feb. 19) ... went 8-of-8 from the free throw line en route to a 12-point performance at Villanova (Feb. 22) ... added seven rebounds and five assists against the Wildcats ... finished with a near double-double with nine points and nine assists against Pittsburgh (Feb. 26) ... scored eight points and pulled down a team-high eight boards against West Virginia (March 5) in the second round of the BIG EAST Conference Championship at the XL Center in Hartford, Conn. ... led the team with 12 points and tied a career high with seven steals against DePaul (March 6) in the Quarterfinal Round of the BIG EAST Championship ... scored a game-high 14 points, including six free throws, and added seven rebounds in the NCAA Tournament First Round matchup against Texas Tech (March 19) ... one of three players to score in double figures (10 pts.) in the NCAA Tournament Second Round matchup at Stanford (March 21).
As A Freshman In 2009-10:
A Nancy Lieberman Award Final Candidate ... named to All-BIG EAST Freshman Team ... earned BIG EAST Freshman of the Week (Feb. 15) after averaging 13.5 points, 7.0 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 4.5 steals against Louisville (Feb. 10) and then-No. 1/1 Connecticut (Feb. 13) ... team-leader in minutes played (29.2 per game) ... led the team in assists 26 times, rebounds three times and paced the team in scoring twice ... started 26 of 32 games played as point guard ... scored first career-point against Stony Brook (Nov. 15) ... came off bench and led team with five assists and six free throws against Stony Brook ... hit first-career field goal vs. UMass (Nov. 18) with layup at 12:23 mark of first half ... scored 12 points and dished out five assists vs. Boston University (Nov. 21) in 22 minutes of play ... reached double figures in scoring against Saint Joseph's (Nov. 29) with 14 points, adding five rebounds and four assists ... made first-career start vs. Stetson (Dec. 1), tallying four points and five assists ... totaled six assists and six rebounds in 33 minutes played at then-No. 4 UNC (Dec. 6) ... set career-high with four blocks vs. Texas-Arlington (Dec. 19) and contributed seven points, seven rebounds and seven assists ... scored career-best 15 points at Northeastern (Dec. 29) ... grabbed seven boards against then-No. 19 West Virginia (Jan. 2) ... tied school-record for single-game free-throw percentage with 10-of-10 effort from the charity stripe against Marquette (Jan. 5) ... totaled four steals, including two key swipes at the end of the game, to lead team past Syracuse (Jan. 27) ... led the team with eight rebounds to go with 10 points and three assists in win over Seton Hall (Feb. 7) ... posted second-straight double-digit scoring game with 12 points, seven assists and a career-high seven steals vs. Louisville (Feb. 10) ... recorded first-career double-double, tying a career-high with 15 points and setting a new career-best with 11 rebounds at then-No. 1/1 UConn (Feb. 13) ... had a strong all-around game vs. then-No. 4/3 Notre Dame (Feb. 16) with five points, seven assists, seven rebounds, three steals and one block... recorded a double-double with 11 points and 10 boards against Rutgers (Feb. 24)... dished out five assists vs. Villanova (Feb. 27)... set a new career-high with 14 assists against Pittsburgh (March 1) ... came close to a double-double vs. then-No. 6/7 Notre Dame (March 7) with 10 points and nine assists ... netted 10 points and dished out team-high four assists in win over Princeton (March 20) in first round of NCAA Tournament ... tied season-best with 15 points and set a new career-high with 44 minutes played at then-No. 11/11 Florida State (March 22) in NCAA Tournament Second Round.
At University High:
Four-year letterwinner as a point guard at University High ... team captain junior and senior seasons ... averaged 18.2 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.3 steals senior season ... finished career with more than 1,300 points ... New Jersey All-Area, first team All-County, second team All-State senior year ... 2009 McDonald's All-America nominee ... rated New Jersey's No. 1 point guard ... led team to a 27-4 record in 2007-08 en route to the Essex County Tournament Championship and New Jersey Group I Championship ... broke University High's assists record as a sophomore with 13 in the New Jersey Tournament of Champions title game.
Nadirah A. McKenith ... daughter of Jacqueline Tucker and Terry McKenith ... has four siblings: Najee (25), Tywan (16), Tariq (15), Taneshia (9) ... played club ball for New Heights in Brooklyn, N.Y. ... majoring in sport management.