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First Menís Basketball Awards Of 2013 Go To McGruder, Smart
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Senior guard Rodney McGruder (K-State) and freshman guard Marcus Smart (Oklahoma State) have earned the first Phillips 66 Big 12 Men's Basketball Player and Rookie of the Week awards of the 2013 calendar year, it was announced. It is the third honor in the last five weeks for McGruder, while Smart is named for the second time this 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 five games with victories over South Dakota (70-50) and No. 22/21 Oklahoma State (73-67). He recorded 21.5 points per game on 48.6 percent (17-of-35) shooting, including 50 percent (8-of-16) from beyond the arc. He also averaged 7.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.0 steals in 36.5 minutes per contest. Against OSU, he posted 26 of his 28 points in the second half, the most points by a Wildcat after halftime since Jan. 31, 2009 (Denis Clemente). It was McGruder's 16th career 20-point effort as he reached double figures in his team-best 10th outing, including five in a row.

PHILLIPS 66 BIG 12 ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State, G, Fr., 6-4, 225, Flower Mound, Texas/Marcus

Smart averaged 24.0 points last week as the Cowboys faced two ranked opponents in No. 10 Gonzaga and No. 25 Kansas State. The freshman guard scored a career-best 23 points versus the Bulldogs, only to surpass that with a career-high 25 versus the Wildcats. He shot 61.5 percent (16-of-26) from the floor in the two contests, including 4-of-10 (.400) from 3-point range. He also made 12-of-18 (.667) from the free throw line while totaling nine rebounds, eight assists and four steals on the week. He had six of those assists against Gonzaga, leading to an additional 14 points as he was responsible for 37 points versus the Zags.

2012-13 Phillips 66 Big 12 Men's Basketball Weekly Awards


Player Rookie
Nov. 12 Cory Jefferson, Baylor, F, Jr. Isaiah Austin, Baylor, C, Fr.
Nov. 19
Le'Bryan Nash, Oklahoma State, G/F, So. Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State, G, Fr.
Nov. 26
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.
Dec. 31 Jaye Crockett, Texas Tech, F, Jr. Amath M'Baye, Oklahoma, F, Jr.
Jan. 7 Rodney McGruder, Kansas State, G, Sr. Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State, G, Fr.

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