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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

Summer 2013: Traveled to the Far East with Reach USA from May 14-19... 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 eight points vs. Texas (3/14/13) in the quarterfinals of the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship at Sprint Center... Went 4-of-4 from the field vs. the Longhorns to go with seven rebounds and one 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 nine rebounds in his first college game vs. North Dakota (11/9/12)... Also added a season-best four blocks vs. UND to go with four points in 16 minutes... Notched five 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, including four points at Iowa State (1/26/12) in a Big 12-high of 20 minutes... Totaled 42 points in scoring in each of the team's first nine games (average of 4.7 ppg.), including seven points each vs. Alabama-Huntsville (11/13/12) and No. 4/4 Michigan (11/23/12)... Also talled 47 rebounds in his first nine games (5.2 rpg.), including eight each vs. Lamar (11/12/12) and North Florida (11/18/12)... Averaged 4.7 points on 51.5 percent shooting (17-of-33) with 5.2 rebounds in 15.9 minutes per game during this nine-game span... Coached by Bruce Weber.

High School: A three-year starter and lettermen at Parkway North High School in St. Louis, Mo. ... The Vikings earned their first-ever Class 5, District 5 title in 2011-12 en route to a 21-7 overall record... Finished with a No. 10 final ranking in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch large school classification... 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... Earned second team All-Class 5 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... 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 on Jan. 3 and a 14-point, 11-rebound, 10-block performance vs. Hazelwood West on Jan. 4... His 14 blocks vs. Summit were a season-high... Scored a season-high 31 points on 15-of-19 field goals vs. Howell Center to go with 20 rebounds on Feb. 14... Totaled a season-best 25 rebounds vs. Parkway Central on Feb. 22... Had an all-around strong effort in helping Parkway North to its first district title vs. top-seeded De Smet, 57-46, on Feb. 24, collecting 12 points, 12 rebounds, three assists, three steals and two blocks... Averaged 12.4 points on 58.3 percent shooting with 8.3 rebounds, 4.3 blocks, 1.3 steals and 1.0 assists per game as a unior in 2010-11... Ranked first on the team in rebounding and blocks and second in points... Posted three 20-point games, including a season-high 23 points vs. Francis Howell Central on Feb. 15, 2011... Collected 10 or more rebounds 12 times, including a season-best 16 vs. De Smet on Feb. 23, 2011... Had five or more blocks 10 times, including a season-high 11 vs. Fort Zumwalt North on Jan. 25, 2011... Selected all-conference and all-district as a junior... 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.

Personal: 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 Bruce Weber and the first to sign a National Letter of Intent on April 27, 2012... Major is business administration.