Two weeks ago it was Travis Releford, last week it was Jeff Withey. While this week’s honoree does not play for the Jayhawks, he too plays for a school in Kansas. I’m talking of course about Kansas State’s senior guard Rodney McGruder who was named the Big 12 Player of the Week yesterday. That’s three in a row for the Sunflower State.
The Wildcats only played one game last week, a Saturday affair in Washington D.C. against the George Washington Colonials. A D.C. area kid, McGruder was playing in front of plenty of friends and family as he went for 15 points and 11 rebounds.
It was his first double-double of the season and the sixth of his college career but it really wasn’t his best effort. He struggled from the floor missing on 12 of his 18 shots on the night and outside of the rebounds and points only added one assist and one steal to the team totals.
McGruder got off to a bit of a slow start this season but he’s started to ratchet up his game recently. In his last three, he’s scored 53 points and pulled down 25 rebounds. Thanks to this uptick in performance he’s pushed his season averages up to 12.9 points per game and 5.6 rebounds per game, but he’s still lagging behind the 15.8 points he averaged last season as a junior.
He needs to be fully on his game come Saturday when the Wildcats take on the #14 Gonzaga Bulldogs in Seattle. Tip-Off is set for 8 pm CT and the game will be nationally televised on ESPN2.