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Rodney McGruder named Big 12 Player of the Week

Rodney McGruder's play led the WIldcats to two wins last week, including an upset of Florida.


Rodney McGruder was the impetus behind a very happy Christmas week for the No. 25 Kansas State Wildcats. In leading the Wildcats to wins over No. 8 Florida and Texas Southern, the senior guard was brilliant enough to be named the Big 12 Player of the Week.

McGruder scored 26 points in a 78-69 win over Texas Southern on Dec. 18 before leading the Wildcats to the upset over the Gators. Against Florida, McGruder scored 13 points to go along with 6 rebounds. He hit a couple of key free throws with a little over a minute left to help the Wildcats hold the lead. It was the Wildcats' first non-conference, regular-season win over a top-10 team since 1981.

McGruder is averaging 13.3 points per game on the season with 5.3 rebounds and 2.1 assists for Kansas State (9-2). The Wildcats close out the month with a couple more non-conference games before taking on Oklahoma State on Jan. 5 to kick off Big 12 play.