Tomorrow is a day that we are all going to dread. The winningest senior class in the history of Kansas State Men’s Basketball is playing its last games in Bramlage. I shed a few tears on December 3rd and might shed a few more tomorrow. These players have had their ups and downs. They have experienced two coaches, an elite 8 run and a victory over our arch nemesis. I know we will all miss Rod, JO and Martavious.

CaptureRodney Christian McGruder was born July 29, 1991 in Landover, Md….Sorry that’s the only way I could think of how to start this. Rodney played 33 games as a true freshman, which is the second-most by a rookie. He scored in 23 of those 33 games. As a Sophomore he started all 34 games. He was selected Third Team All-Big 12 by the league coaches and played 30 or more minutes in 20 games. As a junior he started all 33 games and was named Second Team All-Big 12 by the league coaches and The Associated Press. Rodney was one of three unanimous selections to the preseason all Big 12 team. At the beginning of the season he ranked 21st in school history with 1,029 points. Since the he’s added 432 points, including the game winning 3 on Saturday night in Waco. Rodney is pure class and it shows on and off  the court.

628x471Anthony Jordan Luis Henriquez Roberts was born August 29, 1989 in Baldwin, N.Y. (Did you know his first name was Anthony?? It’s also his dad’s name so I’m guessing that’s why he goes by Jordan). As a freshman Jordan played in 27 games with 5 of those being starts. As a sophomore his starts decreased to 1, but played in 34 games. Even though he didn’t start many games he still accumulated a lot of minutes and added a lot of blocks to his resume at this time. As a junior he started 14 games with 32 appearances. He was named to the Big 12 All-Defensive Team, he broke the school career and single-season marks for blocked shots.  This ranks him second in the Big 12 in blocked shots in both categories (behind the ugly, referee protected Withey). The past four years have been off an on for J.O. But I am still impressed on the muscle he has put on since he first walked on the court.

mqdefaultMartavious Tarell Irving was born Nov. 7, 1990 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. As a freshman he played in 33 games, which was the second most as rookie. As a sophomore he played in 33 games, which ranked fourth on the team. He started in 14 of the 31 games he played in.  He’s been the consistent leader of the tunnel dance for his entire four years and has been an incredibly important defensive player off the bench.  But he’s not pure defensive.  In multiple games this season he’s hit 3s at key moments in games.

 

 

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