Rodney McGruder, SG, Kansas St.
The senior from Washington, D.C. led Kansas State in scoring in his final two seasons in Manhattan. He is tough, energetic and can defend and rebound. The main questions come up with McGruder’s athleticism and shooting ability. His 3-point percentage declined each season, down to 33.6 percent as a senior and he is just an average free throw shooter. Still, he showed versatility offensively. He can score off the dribble, catch and shoot and is athletic enough to be problematic for opposing defenses in transition. It seems McGruder’s niche in the NBA could be as a defender. He does not possess ideal height for a pro two guard, but he is intense and is an above average rebound for his position (5.2 boards per game or more in three straight seasons). Most mock drafts have McGruder going late in the second round or undrafted.
“While McGruder may not be a prototypical athlete by NBA standards, or have much flash to his game, he has great toughness, played hurt for stretches last season, competes every game, and can score in a variety of ways at the NCAA level,” Matt Kamalsky of Draft Express wrote.
Pre-Draft measurements and results, according to Draft Express: