Henriquez, McGruder on All-Big 12 Teams
After a formidable season, both Jordan Henriquez and Rodney McGruder became the only two Kansas State Wildcats (21-9, 10-8) handed All-Big 12 honors this season, while senior Jamar Samuels was given an All-Big 12 Honorable Mention. McGruder was named to the All-Big 12 Second Team as well as Big 12 All-Defensive Team.
This season, McGruder got off to a slow start but really starting taking over for Kansas State as of late. Similar to Jacob Pullen during his junior season, McGruder took a team that was underachieving during the beginning of Big 12 play to serious contenders in the always stiff Big 12 Conference. He scored in double-figures 25 games this season as well as dropping 30 points on a highly-ranked Baylor squad and Texas at home. He even chipped in an impressive 24 points on the road in a tough venue against Missouri.
Overall, McGruder averaged 15.5 points and 5.4 rebounds, while shooting around 46 percent from the floor and nearly 40 percent from three.
Henriquez, who started few games, was suspended and rarely played in during stretches this season for Kansas State, made his way on the Big 12 All-Defensive team for obvious reasons. The 7-foot center from Portchester, New York, finished up his junior year averaging 6.7 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per game, while averaging just 18 minutes per contest. The long junior forward has some impressive defensive performances on his resume against some high-powered teams.
In a pivotal matchup against Royce White (who was named to the All-Big 12 First Team) and the Iowa State Cyclones, Henriquez finished up the game with 17 points, 12 rebounds and seven blocks. He also had six blocks against Kansas and was one of the main reasons for Big 12 Player of the Year Thomas Robinson‘s struggle to score in Bramlage Coliseum, posting just 10 points.
Samuels was an honorable mention and it’s really surprising to see him not make any teams in his final year. Samuels finished his senior season averaging 10.3 points and 6.8 rebounds.