McGruder is ESPN Player of the Week

By Joel Jellison

After his 28-point performance against Oklahoma State on Saturday, Kansas State senior Rodney McGruder was named Player of the Week.

McGruder, who was also named the Big 12 Player of the Week on Monday, started Saturday’s game with the Cowboys slow, scoring just two points in the second half. But he added 26 in the second half to finish with 28 points, his highest total since scoring 30 against Southern Miss in the NCAA tournament last season.

McGruder said he stopped passing up on shots he could have taken in the first half.

“I had some shots that I could have made in the first half, I just wanted to be a leader,” he said. “(In the second half) I wanted to step up and be aggressive for my team, and all of the other guys stepped up as well.”

After some early struggles this season, McGruder has scored in double figures in each of the last five games, and has averaged 19.4 points per game in that stretch.

The Wildcats will travel to West Virginia on Saturday and follow that with a game at TCU on Jan. 16. K-State doesn’t return home until Jan. 19, when it hosts Oklahoma.

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