Back on December 1st, Rodney McGruder and the Kansas State Wildcats had six games under their belt. As a team they were 5-1 but McGruder was struggling to find his shot and any kind of consistent groove within Bruce Weber’s offense. He was averaging just 11.0 points per game at that point and was 3-18 on his three point attempts.
Since then however the Wildcats team leader has elevated his game and has since found his stroke. His woes from the perimeter have become a distant memory and he’s hit three or more triples in six straight. In last night’s loss to the Jayhawks, McGruder managed 13 points despite a fantastic, shut-down defensive effort by KU’s Travis Releford.
McGruder’s excellence has become redundant. I don’t mean that in a way that his performances have been superfluous, but rather that his contributions are “characterized by similarity and repetition.”
Speaking of redundnacy, on Monday the Big 12 named Rodney McGruder the conference Player of the Week for the fourth time this season. It’s the first time a Wildcat has ever been honored by the Big 12 more than thrice in a single season (he had been tied with Michael Beasley with three). To make Rodney’s accomplishment more impressive, he’s added the four PotW awards to his resume in the last seven weeks of the season. In fact he’s making a habit of being named the Big 12 PotW on an every-other-week basis.
This time around the honor was bestowed upon him thanks to his performances against TCU and Oklahoma. In the Wildcats road game against TCU on the 16th, McGruder scored 21 on 9-15 shooting and followed that up with 20 points on 6-12 shooting against Oklahoma on Saturday. In addition to the 41 points on 15-27 from the floor in the two games, K-State’s leader was 7-15 from three, had six rebounds, six assists, two steals and just one, solitary turnover in 72 minutes on the court.
With four PotW awards already under his belt the only question is when he will get his fifth. Based on recent history you may want to circle February 4th.