March 29, 2013
MANHATTAN, Kan. – Head coach Bruce Weber earned National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) District 8 Coach of the Year honors, while Rodney McGruder and Angel Rodriguez were named to all-district teams, as the organization announced its annual awards on Friday.
McGruder was named to the five-man NABC All-District 8 First Team and Rodriguez to the five-man second team. Weber is one of 27 coaches nationally to earn all-district Coach of the Year accolades, but just the second K-State coach to earn the distinction since Frank Martin won in 2010.
McGruder led the Big 12 champion Wildcats in eight categories, including scoring (15.6 ppg.), double-digit scoring games (29), 20-point games (11), field goals (204), field goals attempted (462), rebounding (5.4 rpg.), free throws attempted (117), starts (35) and minutes (33.5). He is just the third player to earn All-Big 12 First Team honors since the inception of the league, joining Michael Beasley (2008) and Jacob Pullen (2010, 2011). For the season, he averaged 15.6 points on 44.2 percent shooting, including 33.6 percent from 3-point range, with 5.4 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.3 steals in 33.5 minutes per game.
One of Big 12 leaders in assists, steals and assist-to-turnover ratio, Rodriguez paced the Wildcats in 3-point field goals (55), free throws (90), assists (173), steals (50), while he was second in scoring (11.4 ppg.), double-digit scoring games (23) and field goals (115). His 173 assists are the second-most in a single-season, trailing Steve Henson (186, 1987-88), while his 5.24 assists per game average and 2.22 assist-to-turnover ratio rank fifth in school history. For the season, he averaged 11.4 points on 36.1 percent shooting, including 34.4 percent from 3-point range, to go with 5.2 assists, 2.1 rebounds and 1.5 steals in 28.2 minutes per game.
Named the 2013 Big 12 Coach of the Year by both the league coaches and The Associated Press, Weber’s 27 wins were the most by a first-year head coach in school history. He is just the third head coach in Big 12 history to win the league regular-season title in his first season, while his win total is the third-most by a rookie head coach in league history. He is a finalist for the Jim Phelan National Coach of the Year award as well as the Skip Prosser Man of the Year award presented by CollegeInsider.com.
Kansas State enjoyed one of its best men’s basketball season in 2012-13, posting a 27-8 overall record and 14-4 mark in league play en route to its first-ever Big 12 regular season championship and a fourth consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament. The 27 wins were the second-most in school history, while the 14 in league play tied the school record held by the 1958-59 team. The league championship was the 18th in school history and the first since the 1976-77 season.