McGruder signs with Thunder

By Joel Jellison

Former Kansas State guard Rodney McGruder’s NBA dreams became a reality on Friday when he signed a contract with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

McGruder, who was signed alongside former Iowa State player Diante Garrett, averaged 15.6 points and 5.4 rebounds per game last season, earning All-Big 12 First Team honors, as well as an Honorable Mention All-American nod.

Per Oklahoma City team policy, terms of McGruder’s deal were not disclosed. The Thunder currently have 17 players on their roster as they open training camp. NBA rosters are limited to 15 players for the regular season, with 12 active for each game.

Through his twitter page, McGruder sent out a message after being signed.

“Start camp tomorrow,” he tweeted. “Blessed to be in this position and even more thankful for all the love and support throughout my journey.”

After going undrafted during June’s NBA Draft, McGruder signed on to player with the Orlando Magic’s summer league team.

McGruder is one of just two players in K-State history to rank in the top 10 in both scoring and rebounding.

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