McGruder To Compete in European All-Star Tour

Junior Rodney McGruder was a third team All-Big 12 selection by the coaches a season ago after averaging 11.1 points and 5.9 rebounds.

July 31, 2011

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Rising junior Rodney McGruder has been selected to participate with the East Coast All-Stars in the Four Nations Cup held in Tallinn, Estonia from August 2-8.

A third team All-Big 12 selection last season, McGruder will join nine other collegiate players, as they spend seven days in the small Northern European country of Estonia, which is bordered on the east by Russia and on the west by the Baltic Sea and on the south by Latvia.  The East Coast All-Stars will be joined in the Four Nations Cup by host Estonia, along with national teams from Sweden and Georgia.

The All-Stars begin a two-day training camp today (Sunday) at Lycoming College in Williamsport, Pa., and will arrive in Estonia on Tuesday, August 2.  The squad will play an exhibition game against a local club, Viimsi Spordikeskuss, on Wednesday, August 3 before starting tournament play against Sweden on Friday, August 5 at 9:45 am CST.  They will continue play against Georgia on Saturday, August 6 at 9:45 am CST before wrapping up the tournament against Estonia on Sunday, August 7 at noon CST.
The East Coast All-Stars, in conjunction with Anthony Travel, Inc., was created by Guy Rancourt, the head coach at Division II Lycoming College in Williamsport, Pa., in the summer of 2006.  This marks the third consecutive season that a Wildcat has competed with the All-Stars, following Jacob Pullen and Dominique Sutton’s trip to Austria and Czech Republic in 2009 and Nick Russell and Jamar Samuels’ trip to France and Switzerland in 2010.

In addition to McGruder, this year’s All-Stars’ roster includes Syracuse duo Baye Mousa Keita and Brandon Triche, Iowa seniors Bryce Cartwright and Matt Gatens, Purdue freshman Anthony Johnson, Maryland sophomore Pe’Shon Howard, Wisconsin junior Mike Bruesewitz, Notre Dame junior Jack Cooley and Minnesota redshirt freshman Elliott Eliason.  The group will be coached by Rancourt.  

McGruder is the second Wildcat to take part in a foreign tour this summer, as teammate and sophomore Will Spradling spent two weeks in Macedonia and Kosovo with Athletes in Action in late May.

The only player to start all 34 games in 2010-11, McGruder averaged 11.1 points on 43.9 percent shooting as a sophomore with a team-best 5.9 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 0.7 steals in 30.6 minutes per game as a sophomore.  He ranked second to All-American Jacob Pullen in most offensive categories, including scoring, double-digit scoring games (23), field goals, 3-point field goals and minutes played.  He also posted two double-doubles on the year.  

More information about the tour can be found at