McGruder, Murray Earn Menís Basketball Weekly Awards
          Release: 12/10/2012
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Guard Rodney McGruder (Kansas State) and center Aaric Murray (West Virginia) are the latest Phillips 66 Big 12 Men's Basketball Player and Rookie of the Week, for games of Dec. 3 - 9. It is the second career player honor for McGruder, while Murray's award marks the first men's basketball accolade for West Virginia in its inaugural Big 12 season.

Rodney McGruder, Kansas State, G, Sr., 6-4, 205, Washington, D.C./Arlington Country Day [Fla.]
McGruder helped K-State earn its first true road win of the season with a 65-62 victory at George Washington on Saturday. The senior guard, playing in front of 60-65 friends and family in his hometown, recorded his fifth career double-double. He had 15 points and 11 rebounds on 6-of-18 shooting in 39 minutes of action. It marked season highs in rebounds and minutes played for the Washington, D.C.-native as he also hit 3-of-6 from 3-point range with one assist and one steal.

Aaric Murray, West Virginia, C, Jr., 6-10, 245, Philadelphia, Pa./Glen Mills School/La Salle
Murray averaged 11.0 points and 8.5 rebounds in a 2-0 week for the Mountaineers. The junior center began with 10 rebounds and seven points along with two blocks in a 69-59 victory over in-state rival Marshall. He followed that performance with 15 points, seven boards, one block and one steal as WVU handed Virginia Tech its first loss of the season, 68-67. He shot 52.9 percent from the field for the week, including 50.0 percent from 3-point territory, averaging 27.5 minutes.

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.

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