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McGruder earns All-America honors

By The Mercury

Kansas State senior Rodney McGruder added to his list of postseason accomplishments on Monday when he was selected as an honorable mention All-American by The Associated Press.

The All-America honor is the first of McGruder’s career, while he is the first Wildcat to earn All-America honors since Jacob Pullen earned recognition to several third team teams in 2011. 

He is the fifth player to earn some type of All-America distinction (first, second, third, fourth, honorable mention and freshman) since 2008.

McGruder led Big 12 co-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 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, McGruder averaged 15.6 points on 44.2 percent shooting, including 33.6 percent from 3-point range, with 5.4 rebounds, two assists and 1.3 steals in 33.5 minutes per game.

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