April 2, 2013
All-Star Game Rosters
MANHATTAN, Kan. – Senior Rodney McGruder has been chosen as one of 20 seniors to participate in the 2013 Reese’s College All-Star Game set for 4 p.m. CT on Friday, April 5 at the Final Four at the Georgia Dome.
McGruder will play on the East All-Stars coached by Tennessee head coach Cuonzo Martin, along with Wisconsin’s Jared Berggren, Davidson’s Jake Cohen, Ohio’s D.J. Cooper, BYU’s Brandon Davies, UCLA’s Larry Drew II, Creighton’s Gregory Echenique, Long Beach State’s James Ennis, Arizona State’s Carrick Felix and Akron’s Zeke Marshall. He is one of three Big 12 players in the game, including Baylor’s Pierre Jackson and Iowa State’s Will Clyburn, which will compete on the West All-Stars coached by Iowa State’s Fred Hoiberg.
The All-Star Game is played as part of the events during Final Four Friday, which includes practices by Final Four teams Louisville, Michigan, Syracuse and Wichita State.
An honorable mention AP All-American, McGruder led Big 12 champion K-State (27-8, 14-4 Big 12) 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 was just the third Wildcat to earn All-Big 12 First Team honors since the inception of the league, joining Michael Beasley (2008) and Jacob Pullen (2010, 2011), while he was the only men’s basketball player to earn recognition to the All-Big 12 First Team in both athletics and academics. 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.
McGruder departs K-State in the Top 10 of 14 career categories, including first in games played (135), second in consecutive starts (102), third in minutes played (3,708), fourth in 3-point field goals made (188) and attempted (494), fifth in double-digit scoring games (86), steals (116) and starts (102). He is joins two-time All-American Bob Boozer as the only Wildcats to rank in the Top 10 in both career scoring (1,576, seventh) and rebounding (654, seventh). McGruder is a part of the winningest senior class in school history (101), while he is one of just Wildcats to appear in four consecutive NCAA Tournaments (Steve Henson, Jordan Henriquez and Martavious Irving).
For more information on the Reese’s College All-Star Game, please visit the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) website at http://www.nabc.org/events/College_All-Star_Game.