Feb. 14, 2013
MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State’s Rodney McGruder and Will Spradling were among 22 players named to the 2013 Academic All-Big 12 First and Second Teams as announced by the league office on Thursday.
Both players received the honor for the first time in their careers.
A native of Washington, D.C., McGruder was one of 15 players to earn first team academic all-conference honors in 2013, including becoming the first full-time Wildcat starter to collect the distinction since Clent Stewart in 2008. Spradling, a native of Overland Park, Kan., was one of seven players named to the Big 12’s second team.
A senior in social science, McGruder paces the Wildcats in eight categories, including scoring (15.2 ppg.), double-figure scoring games (18), 20-point games (seven), field goals (138), field goals attempted (309), games played (24), starts (24) and minutes (31.9). He has been named Phillips 66 Big 12 Player of the Week a school-record five times in his career, including four times in 2012-13. His three career 30-point games and 20 20-point games are most by any current Big 12 player. McGruder ranks in the Top 10 in 13 career categories at K-State, including eighth in scoring (1,393). He needs seven points and seven rebounds to become the first K-State player to post 1,400 points, 600 rebounds and 100 steals in a career.
A junior in business administrative, Spradling is one of just two players to start in all 24 games this season. He ranks first on the team in 3-point field goals (37) and free throw percentage (87.5), while he is second in assists (64) and minutes (30.0) and third in scoring (8.4 ppg.). He has scored in double figures 11 times this season, including a season-best 17 points in the win over No. 8/9 Florida on Dec. 22.
The individual academic honors for McGruder and Spradling continued a tremendous season off the court for the Wildcats, which posted one of their highest cumulative GPAs during the Fall semester. A program-best eight players – Adrian Diaz, McGruder, Angel Rodriguez, Brian Rohleder, Ryan Schultz, Shane Southwell, Spradling and Nino Williams – were named to the Fall Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll on Jan. 9. Rohleder was one of 31 student-athletes to post a perfect 4.0 GPA during the Fall semester.
Nominated by each institution’s director of student-athlete support services and the media relations offices, the academic all-league men’s basketball team consisted of 15 first team members combined with seven on the second team. First team members consist of those who have maintained a 3.20 or better GPA, and the second team are those who have a 3.00 to 3.19 GPA.
To qualify student-athletes must maintain a 3.00 GPA or higher either cumulative or the two previous semesters and must have participated in 60 percent of his team’s scheduled contests. Freshmen and transfers are not eligible in their first year of academic residence. Senior student-athletes who have participated for a minimum of two years and meet all the criteria except percent of participation are also eligible.