The senior led the Wildcats in eight categories in 2012-13
The Big 12 Coach of the Year signed a contract extension through 2018
McGruder will start play in the tournament on Wednesday, April 10
McGruder will play for East All-Stars on Friday at 4 pm at the Georgia Dome
The event is set for Thursday at 6 pm and will be broadcast on ESPN
Kansas State vs. Kansas (AP)
Kansas State vs. Oklahoma State
Kansas State vs. Texas - AP Photos
K-State Men's Basketball and fans celebrate the team's first conference title since 1977 at Bramlage Coliseum.
Kansas State vs. Baylor (AP)
One of three unanimous selections to the Preseason All-Big 12 team, the first Wildcat named to the squad since Jacob Pullen in 2010-11... One of only three returning Big 12 players to have ranked in the Top 20 in both scoring and rebounding in 2011-12... Ranks 21st in school history with 1,029 points... Has seen action in 76 consecutive games, including 67 starts in a row, heading into 2012-13 season... His 67 consecutive starts rank fifth all-time in school history.
As A Junior (2011-12):Started all 33 games as a junior... One of only two players (Will Spradling) to start all 33 games and one of only three (Thomas Gipson and Will Spradling) to play in all 33 games.. Named Second Team All-Big 12 by the league coaches and The Associated Press... Named to the Spring 2012 Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll... Named the Phillips 66 Big 12 Player of the Week on Dec. 27, 2011 after averaging 15 points on 64 percent shooting (16-of-25), including 44.4 percent (4-of-9) from 3-point range, with 6.0 rebounds in 24.3 minutes per game in helping the Wildcats win all three games at the Diamond Head Classic... Also named most valuable player at the Diamond Head Classic for his performance, which included 28 points vs. Long Beach State (12/25/11) in the championship game... Played 30 or more minutes in 23 games, including back-to-back 40+ minute games vs. West Virginia (42; 12/8/11) and North Florida (41; 12/11/11)... Averaged a team-best 15.8 points on 46.3 percent shooting (188-of-406), including 38.5 percent (50-of-130) from 3-point range, with 5.2 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.2 steals in 32.9 minutes per game... Connected on 80.2 percent (97-of-121) from the free throw line... Led the team in 11 categories, including scoring, double-digit scoring games (28), field goals, field goal attempts, 3-point field goals, 3-point field goal percentage, free throws, free throw attempts and minutes... Placed second in steals and offensive rebounds and third in defensive rebounds, total rebounds and rebounds per game... Ranked in the Top 20 in the Big 12 in eight categories, including the Top 10 in five categories... Ranked seventh in scoring and field goal percentage, ninth in free throw percentage and minutes and 10th in 3-point field goal percentage... Led team in scoring on 16 occasions, including nine in Big 12 play... Posted 28 double-digit scoring efforts, including 17 in Big 12 play... Tallied 10 20-point outings and three 30-point performances... Scored a season-high 33 points vs. Texas (1/18/12) on 11-of-17 field goals, including 4-of-6 from 3-point range, to go with 7-of-10 from the free throw line... Also had 30-point games vs. Baylor (1/10/12) and vs. Southern Miss (3/15/12) in the NCAA Tournament... Scored in double-figures in 11 consecutive games twice during the year... Ranked first in 3-point field goal percentage, second in free throw percentage and third in field goal percentage... Five times he had at least 10 field goals made, including 11 vs. Texas (1/18/12) and Southern Miss (3/15/12)... Went a remarkable 10-of-11 vs. Long Beach State (12/25/12) with two other players posting a better field goal percentage when attempting more than 10 shots... Recorded two double-doubles, including a 19-point, 10-rebound effort at Oklahoma (1/14/12) and a 13-point and 11-rebound effort vs. Iowa State (2/25/12)... Connected on two or 3-point field goals in 15 games, including a season-high five in a win at Texas A&M (2/28/12)... Also tallied at least four treys in four other contests... Led the team in rebounding on seven occasions... Grabbed at least five rebounds in 18 games, including two double-digit efforts... Dished out a season-best four assists twice... Started all 18 Big 12 games, averaging a team-best 17.4 points on 46 percent shooting (110-of-239), including 44.6 percent (33-of-74) from 3-point range, with 5.5 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.0 steals in 34.3 minutes per game... Connected on 87.1 percent (61-of-70) from the free throw line... Led the team in scoring, field goals, 3-point field goals, free throws and minutes in Big 12 play... Ranked in the Top 15 in seven categories in the Big 12, including second in 3-point field goal percentage... Started both NCAA Tournament games, averaging 36 minutes per games... His 30-point effort vs. Southern Miss was the eighth-most scored by a Wildcat in an NCAA Tournament game... Posted back-to-back 20-point games at Texas A&M (26; 2/28/12) and Oklahoma State (24; 3/4/12) on 61.5 percent shooting... Scored 24 points at Missouri, handing the Tigers their lone home loss... Also posted 20 points vs. Missouri (1/7/12), vs. West Virginia (12/8/12) and Charleston Southern (11/11/11)... Coached by Frank Martin.
As A Sophomore (2010-11): The only player to start all 34 contests and one of just three players (Jordan Henriquez and Will Spradling) to play in all 34 games in 2010-11... The 34 starts tie for the sixth-most in a single season in school history... Named to the Fall 2010 Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll... Selected Third Team All-Big 12 by the league coaches... Played 30 or more minutes in 20 games... Averaged 11.1 points on 43.9 percent shooting (130-of-296), including 40.8 percent (69-of-169) from 3-point range, with a team-best 5.9 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 0.7 steals in 30.6 minutes per game... Joined Keith Amerson (1990-91) and Desmond Davis (1994-95) as the shortest players to pace the Wildcats in rebounding since it began being recorded in 1950-51... Ranked second to Jacob Pullen in most offensive categories, including scoring, double-digit scoring games (23), field goals, field goals attempted, 3-point field goals, 3-point field goals attempted and minutes played... Also placed third in assists and steals... Led in scoring four times, including a season-best 24 points vs. UMKC (12/23/10)... Posted 23 double-digit scoring efforts, including 14 in Big 12 play... Also had three 20-point outings... Tallied two double-doubles, including an 11-point, 10-rebound effort vs. UNLV (12/21/10) and a 16-point, 15-rebound performance against Texas Tech (1/15/11)... Connected on two or 3-point field goals in 20 games, including a season-high seven vs. UMKC (12/23/10)... Led the team in rebounding on 15 occasions, including two double-digit efforts... His 15 boards against Texas Tech (1/15/11) were the most by a player since Michael Beasley in 2008... Ranked in the Top 20 in three Big 12 categories, including seventh in 3-point field goal percentage, 10th in 3-point field goals made per game and 16th in rebounding... Started all 16 Big 12 games, averaging 11.4 points on 45.3 percent shooting (63-of-139), including 41.9 percent (31-of-74) from 3-point range, with 5.7 rebounds and 1.2 assists 32.3 minutes per game... Placed in three categories in league-only play, including fourth in 3-point field goals made, seventh in 3-point field percentage and 18th in rebounding... Led the team in rebounding in Big 12-only games, while he was second in scoring, field goals and 3-point field goals... Started both NCAA Tournament games, averaging 34 minutes per game... Was instrumental in the win over No. 7/7 Texas (2/28/11) on ESPN's Big Monday with a team-high 22 points on 8-of-14 field goals, including 4-of-6 from 3-point range... Knocked down five treys vs. Oklahoma (2/19/11) on 6-of-10 shooting to cap a 20-point outing... Almost hit the game-winning shot at Colorado (2/12/11), as his 3-pointer came a mere second after the red-light went off... Coached by Frank Martin.
As A Freshman (2009-10): Played in 33 games as a true freshman, the second-most by a rookie... Registered double-digit minutes in 24 games, including 11 times in Big 12 play... Averaged 3.9 points on 49.5 percent shooting (46-of-93) with 2.8 rebounds in 12.5 minutes per game... Scored in 23 games, including seven double-digit efforts... Posted a season-high 20 points vs. Boston University (11/19/09)... Also tallied double-digit scoring games in four consecutive contests against Colorado (1/16/10), No. 1/1 Texas (1/18/10), Oklahoma State (1/23/10) and No. 24 Baylor (1/26/10)... Ranked third on the team in field goal percentage, including a team-best 41.9 percent from 3-point range... Saw action in 14 Big 12 games, averaging 3.9 points on 50 percent shooting (21-of-42) with 3.6 rebounds in 15 minutes per game... Played in all three Big 12 Championship games and all four NCAA Tournament games... Helped the Wildcats to their first win over a No. 1 team since 1994 with 11 points and seven rebounds vs. No. 1/1 Texas (1/18/10)... Tallied 11 points in his first two college games against Loyola Chicago (11/13/09) and Western Illinois (11/15/09)... Coached by Frank Martin.
High School: Regarded as one of the top shooting guards in the country, including the No. 84 overall prospect in the Rivals150 by Rivals.com and No. 89 in the ESPNU100 by ESPN Scouts, Inc. ... Ranked among the top-30 at his position by a number of outlets, including No. 20 by Rivals.com and No. 33 by ESPN Scouts, Inc. ... Rated among the top-20 players in the state of Florida by several recruiting services... Named co-MVP of the Reebok All-American Game, where he posted a team-high 24 points and seven rebounds for Team Finish... A one-year letterman and starter at Arlington Country Day in Jacksonville, Fla. ... Helped the Apaches to a 26-6 record and a fifth consecutive Class 2A state title as a senior in 2008-09... Averaged 23 points on 51.5 percent shooting (251-of-487), including 42 percent (37-of-88) from 3-point range, with 4.3 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game as a senior... Collected a game-high 34 points on 14-of-25 field goals in the state championship game with 12 rebounds... Named to the 2009 Class 2A All-State first team by the Florida Sports Writers Association... Selected the 2009 Florida Times-Union Player of the Year as well as to the All-First Coast First Team... Played three years at Archbishop Carroll High School in Washington, D.C., before transferring to Arlington... Coached at Arlington Country Day by Rex Morgan.
Personal: Rodney Christian McGruder was born July 29, 1991 in Landover, Md. ... Parents are Rodney and Rudine McGruder... Received offers from a number of schools, including Clemson, George Mason, Miami (Fla.), Pittsburgh and Wake Forest... Played his AAU ball with the D.C. Assault, including former teammates Phoenix Suns forward Michael Beasley and Jamar Samuels... Major is family studies and human services.