McGruder Named To Cup All-Tournament Team

Rodney McGruder was the lone All-Star named to the All-Tournament team.

Aug. 7, 2011

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Junior Rodney McGruder was named to the Four Nations Cup All-Tournament, but it was the consolation prize for McGruder and his East Coast All-Star teammates, as the Estonian National Team used a late run to post a 75-64 victory and claim the tournament championship on Sunday.

The All-Stars looked to have the Cup won for 37 minutes before Estonia used a 17-0 run to grab the lead and finish the Four Nations Cup with a 2-1 record.  The squad finished third with a 1-2 mark behind Georgia (2-1) and ahead of fourth-place Sweden (1-2).  

McGruder was the lone East Coast All-Star to be named to the All-Tournament team after averaging 13.7 points, 6.7 rebounds and 2.7 steals in the three-game tournament.  He hit the game-winning shot in the victory over Sweden on Friday before pouring in a team-high 22 points and 14 rebounds in the 98-81 loss to Georgia on Saturday.  He posted nine points against Estonia with two rebounds and two steals on Sunday.

A strong defensive effort kept the Estonian team in check for most of the game, as the East Coast All-Stars held a lead for much of the game, including as many as eight points with seven minutes to play.  However, Estonia caught fire in the latter portions of the fourth quarter with a 17-0 run.  Estonian star Kristjan Kangur posted 20 points, seven rebounds and four assists to claim tournament most valuable player honors.  

Syracuse’s Brandon Triche led all scorers with 25 points in 25 minutes.    

McGruder was the second Wildcat to earn All-Tournament honors playing on an All-Star team this summer after Will Spradling earned the distinction with Athletes In Action’s tour of Kosovo and Macedonia in May.   

The East Coast All-Stars will return to the U.S. on Monday afternoon.  McGruder and the rest of his Wildcat teammates will return to Manhattan in two weeks when classes begin on August 22.

More information about the East Coast All-Stars and their tour of Estonia our can be found at http://www.guyrancourt.com/eastcoast.htm.