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D.J.  Johnson
50  D.J. Johnson

St. Louis, Mo.

High School:
Parkway North

Height / Weight:
6-9 / 250




McGruder Wins Three Awards at Annual Hoops Banquet

The senior led the Wildcats in eight categories in 2012-13


K-State Talks to Media Prior to NCAA Tournament

Wildcats set to take on La Salle Explorers on Friday


McGruder Leads No. 11/12 K-State Over Texas, 66-49

McGruder scores a game-high 24 points in win over Longhorns


No. 11 Kansas State Overpowers Texas, 66-49

Rodney McGruder scored 24 points and sparked an 11-0 run in the second half.


Postgame Notes

K-State vs. Texas


Kansas State vs. Iowa State - 01/26/13

Kansas State vs. Iowa State - 01/26/13

As A Junior (2014-15)
Expected to receive a medical redshirt for the 2014-15 season after never recovering from a broken foot that occurred vs. Kentucky (3/21/14) in the NCAA Tournament.

As A Sophomore (2013-14)

• Saw action in all 33 games, including five starts... One of six players to play in all 33 contests... Ranked third among reserves in minutes at 13.9 per game... Starts all came in the first five games, where he averaged 24.6 minutes per contest due to an injury to Thomas Gipson.
• Played 20 or minutes in five contests, including a season-best 36 in season opener vs. Northern Colorado (11/8/13).
• Averaged 3.5 points on 51.1 percent shooting (45-of-88) with 3.5 rebounds and 0.5 blocks in 13.9 minutes per game... Connected on 51.1 percent (24-of-47) from the free throw line... Ranked second in field goal percentage and blocks (18), third in offensive rebounds (52) and fourth in rebounding average.
• Scored in double figures three times, including the first two games... Scored a season-high 12 points on three occasions, including Northern Colorado (11/9/13), Oral Roberts (11/13/13) and Iowa State (3/1/14)... Went a perfect 5-of-5 from the field and 2-of-2 from the free throw line vs. Iowa State.
• Led the team in rebounding on five occasions, including back-to-back wins vs. Troy (12/15/13) and No. 21 Gonzaga (12/21/13)... Grabbed 5 or more rebounds in 11 contests, including a season-best 10 vs. Central Arkansas (12/1/13)... Also registered notable rebounding efforts in wins over Texas Tech (7, 1/28/14) and TCU (8, 2/19/14).
• Nearly tallied double-doubles vs. Northern Colorado (11/8/13) with 12 points and 9 rebounds and Central Arkansas (12/1/13) with 8 points and 10 rebounds.
• Had at least 1 block in 11 games with a season-best 3 in wins over No. 25 Oklahoma (1/14/14) and at Texas Tech (2/25/14).
• Saw action in all 18 Big 12 games, averaging 12.4 minutes per game... Averaged 3.4 points on a team-best 58.1 percent shooting (25-of-43) with 2.7 rebounds and 0.7 blocks per game... Connected on 57.9 percent (11-of-19) from the free throw line.

Summer 2013
• Traveled to the Far East with Reach USA from May 14-19, 2103
• Averaged 8.3 points on 45.8 percent shooting (22-of-48) with 8.5 rebounds and 1.2 steals per game during Reach USA's six-game tour.
• Scored in double figures in two games, including a tour-high 13 points in an 84-77 win over Lithuania... Also tallied a tour-best 14 rebounds in the win over Lithuania.

As A Freshman (2012-13)
• Saw action in 30 games as a true freshman... Registered double-digit minutes in 11 games, including each of the team's first nine games... Played a season-high 21 minutes vs. Delaware (11/21/12) at Madison Square Garden.
• Averaged 2.3 points on 56 percent (28-of-50) with 2.5 rebounds in 9.3 minutes per game... Connected on 54.5 percent (12-of-22) from the free throw line.
• Scored in 17 games, including a season-high 8 points vs. Texas (3/14/13) in the quarterfinals of the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship at the Sprint Center... Went 4-of-4 from the field vs. the Longhorns to go with 7 rebounds and 1 steal in 15 minutes.
• Led the team in rebounding three times, including in each of the team's first two games... Grabbed a season-high 9 rebounds in his first college game vs. North Dakota (11/9/12)... Notched 5 or more rebounds in five games.
• Saw action in 14 Big 12 games, averaging 0.9 points on 55.6 percent shooting (5-of-9) with 1.3 rebounds in 6.3 minutes per game... Scored in five league games.

High School
• A three-year starter and lettermen at Parkway North High School in St. Louis, Missouri... The Vikings earned their first-ever Class 5, District 5 title in 2011-12 en route to a 21-7 record... Finished with a No. 10 final ranking in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch large school classification.
• Earned second team All-Class 5 honors as a senior by a panel of sports writers and sports broadcasters in 2011-12... Named first team All-Suburban South Conference and league co-Defensive Player of the Year as a senior... Selected to the All-Metro second team by St. Louis Post-Dispatch... Selected all-conference and all-district as a junior.
• Averaged 16.3 points on 64.6 percent shooting (190-of-294) from the field to go with 11.9 rebounds, 5.0 blocks, 1.6 steals and 1.2 assists per game in 28 games as a senior... Led the Vikings in scoring, rebounding, field goal percentage and blocks, while he ranked among the area leaders in both blocks (second) and rebounding (fourth).
• Collected 18 double-doubles as a senior... Tallied nine 20-point games, three 20-rebound games and 14 games of five or more blocked shots.
• Registered triple-doubles on back-to-back nights, including a 19-point, 15-rebound, 14-block effort vs. Summit (1/3/12) and a 14-point, 11-rebound, 10-block performance vs. Hazelwood West (1/4/12)... His 14 blocks vs. Summit were a season-high.
• Scored a season-high 31 points on 15-of-19 field goals vs. Howell Center (2/14/12) to go with 20 rebounds... Totaled a season-best 25 rebounds vs. Parkway Central (2/22/12)... Had an all-around strong effort in helping Parkway North to its first district title vs. top-seeded De Smet (2/4/12), 57-46, collecting 12 points, 12 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals and 2 blocks.
• A multi-sport athlete, who excelled for the Vikings on the football field, where he spent time as both a tight end and defensive end... Ranked fourth on the team in tackles in 2011 with 45, including 27 solo stops... Tied for the team with four sacks... Returned a fumble for 18 yards... Named all-conference in football as a senior.
• Coached by Russell Vincent.

Darrell Jerome Johnson, Jr. was born Oct. 8, 1993 in St. Louis, Mo. ... Parents are Darrell Johnson, Sr. and Danielle Little... Has three older sisters (Denetra, Denisha and Denae) and a younger brother, Johnathan.
• Selected K-State over a number of other offers, including those from Alabama, Colorado State, Memphis, Minnesota and Virginia Tech.
• Became the first player to commit to Bruce Weber and the first to sign a National Letter of Intent on April 27, 2012.
• Major is social science.