On Monday the Big 12 announced that Kansas State’s Rodney McGruder was once again honored as the conference “player of the week.” It’s starting to become a common occurrence for the Wildcat senior as this latest announcement makes it three times in the last month that he’s been so honored.
His week that that was included Wildcat victories against South Dakota and Oklahoma State. Between the two McGruder had 43 points, 14 rebounds, five assists, four steals and was 8-16 from long range. His performance against the Coyotes last Monday (12/31) wasn’t anything particularly special, though it was a solid 15 point, nine rebound performance. Clearly the scales tipped in his favor when he poured in 28 against the 22nd ranked Cowboys on Saturday with 26 of those 28 coming in the second half.
If McGruder can capture player of the week for a fourth time this season he will set a new record for the most times a Wildcat has won it in a single season. His third award already has him tied with Michael Beasley and I don’t think there’s anyone out there that doubts Rodney’s ability to add at least one more to his resume by the season’s end. This is especially true considering McGruder seems to be rediscovering his shooting touch and there aren’t a lot of players outside of the state of Kansas that will challenge him for the honors each week. It is a down year in the Big 12 after all.
Note: McGruder was also named College Hoops Player of the Week by College Basketball Talk.