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 led K-State to a pair of wins last week, including a 67-61 victory over No. 8 Florida. The senior guard opened the week with a season-high 26 points in a 78-69 win over Texas Southern, connecting on 12-of-17 field goals. He then had 13 points and six rebounds against the Gators, including a 5-of-6 performance from the free throw line in the waning minutes. It marked the Wildcats first regular season, non-conference win over a top 10 team since beating No. 8 Minnesota in 1981. McGruder averaged 19.5 points on 55.2 percent shooting (16-of-29) in the two games with 4.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game.
PHILLIPS 66 BIG 12 ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Ben McLemore, Kansas, G, Fr., 6-5, 195, St. Louis, Mo./Christian Life Center [Texas]
McLemore averaged 18.0 points and 6.5 rebounds as the Jayhawks defeated Richmond (87-59) and won at No. 7 Ohio State (74-66). The freshman guard started with 14 points on 5-of-9 shooting versus the Spiders to go along with seven rebounds. He answered that with a team-high 22 points and six rebounds in KU's win in Columbus. He shot 50 percent (13-of-26) for the week, including 55.6 percent (5-of-9) from 3-point range. McLemore leads Kansas and all Big 12 freshmen in scoring with 16.5 points per game, including four 20-point performances.
2012-13 Phillips 66 Big 12 Men's Basketball Weekly Awards
|Nov. 12||Cory Jefferson, Baylor, F, Jr.||Isaiah Austin, Baylor, C, Fr.
||Le'Bryan Nash, Oklahoma State, G/F, So.||Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State, G, Fr.|
||Travis Releford, Kansas, G, Sr.||Amath M'Baye, Oklahoma, F, Jr.|
|Dec. 3||Jeff Withey, Kansas, C, Sr.||Will Clyburn, Iowa State, G, Sr.|
|Dec. 10||Rodney McGruder, Kansas State, G, Sr.||Aaric Murray, West Virginia, C, Jr.|
|Dec. 17||Melvin Ejim, Iowa State, F, Jr.||Isaiah Austin, Baylor, C, Fr.|
|Dec. 24||Rodney McGruder, Kansas State, G, Sr.||Ben McLemore, Kansas, G, Fr.|