The senior led the Wildcats in eight categories in 2012-13
Wildcats set to take on La Salle Explorers on Friday
McGruder scores a game-high 24 points in win over Longhorns
Rodney McGruder scored 24 points and sparked an 11-0 run in the second half.
K-State vs. Texas
Kansas State vs. Iowa State - 01/26/13
Note: Became the first prep player to commit Bruce Weber and the first to sign a National Letter of Intent on April 27, 2012... Becomes the 18th player from St. Louis to sign with K-State, which includes Nino Williams.
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 as a senior... 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 points, field goal percentage, rebounding 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 junior 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... Tallied 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 at Parkway North 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... Major is undecided.