January 21, 2013
Senior guard Rodney McGruder (Kansas State) and freshman guard Ben McLemore (Kansas) have been selected the Phillips 66 Big 12 Men's Basketball Player and Rookie of the Week for games of January 14-20. It is the fourth time in the last seven weeks that McGruder has been honored, while McLemore garners his third weekly recognition of the season.
PHILLIPS 66 BIG 12 PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Rodney McGruder, Kansas State, G, Sr., 6-4, 205, Washington, D.C./Arlington Country Day [Fla.]
McGruder helped K-State extend its winning streak to eight games with a 67-54 road win at TCU and a 69-60 home victory over Oklahoma. The senior guard averaged 20.5 points on 55.6 percent (15-of-27) shooting, including 46.7 percent (7-of-15) from 3-point range. He also recorded 3.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.0 steals in 36 minutes per game. McGruder posted back-to-back 20-point scoring efforts and now has a Big 12-best 18 in his career, including five this season. He is averaging 19.5 points per game during the Wildcats' eight-game winning streak and paces K-State in scoring (15.5 ppg.), double-digit scoring games (13), 20-point games (five), field goals (104), 3-point field goals (26), steals (20) and minutes (31.5 mpg.).
PHILLIPS 66 BIG 12 ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Ben McLemore, Kansas, G, Fr., 6-5, 195, St. Louis, Mo./Christian Life Center [Texas]
McLemore led the Jayhawks to victories over Baylor (61-44) and at Texas (64-59) as KU improved to 4-0 in conference play and extended it overall win streak to 15 games. The freshman guard averaged 16.5 points and 7.0 rebounds in the two games, shooting 56.5 percent (13-of-23) from the field and 57.1 percent (4-of-7) from beyond the arc. He also recorded five steals and three blocked shots. In Kansas' come-from-behind win at Texas, he scored 11 of his 16 points in the second half as the Jayhawks rebounded from a 11-point second half deficit. McLemore leads all Big 12 freshmen in scoring and is first on his team with 16.4 points per game. He is fourth in the league in field goal percentage (.508) and also ranks second from the free throw line, converting 88.1 percent of his attempts.