McGruder looking toward NBA Draft

By The Mercury

With the NBA Draft two days away, former Kansas State guard Rodney McGruder has been working hard to catch the eye of professional scouts.

McGruder is seeking to become the first K-State player to reach the NBA since Michael Beasley and Bill Walker were drafted in 2008.

One of the best all-around players in K-State history, McGruder is not projected to be taken in Thursday’s draft, but could receive invites to work out for teams this summer.

Former Wildcat guard Jacob Pullen worked out for NBA teams last summer, but suffered an injury and did not make a roster.

If he doesn’t land with an NBA team, McGruder could join the group of former Wildcats to play overseas that includes Pullen, Denis Clemente, Jamar Samuels and Curtis Kelly.

Former K-State forward Jordan Henriquez will also wait for invites to team camps this summer, and will likely pursue a career playing overseas.

Manhattan High alum Jackie Carmichael is currently projected to be taken in the second round on Thursday.

A 6-foot-9 forward out of Illinois State, Carmichael is rated as the sixth best senior in the draft by, and the 36th best prospect overall.

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