The last time a player from Kansas State was selected in the NBA draft was six years ago, in 2008, when Michael Beasley was the No. 2 overall pick (selected by the Miami Heat). That doesn’t mean, however, that there aren’t players who wore Wildcat purple in college aren’t still on the radar of NBA teams.
Former Kansas State players Rodney McGruder, Jordan Henriquez and Shane Southwell are taking part in two different NBA Summer Leagues, which are being held this month. All three players were undrafted and are still aspiring to play in the NBA as free agents.
Southwell, who played at K-State, from 2010-2014, is playing for the Brooklyn Nets in the Southwest Airlines Orlando Summer League, which began play on Saturday and runs through Friday, July 11. Also on the Nets short-season Summer League team are fellow Big 12 alums Markel Brown of Oklahoma State and Cory Jefferson of Baylor.
The Orlando Summer League holds its games at the Amway Center in Orlando.
Brown and Jefferson were two of the five NBA draft picks in the recently held 2014 draft. Both were second-round selections. Brown was selected by the Minnesota Timberwolves with the 44th overall pick in the draft, and Jefferson was the No, 60 overall pick, taken by the San Antonio Spurs.
McGruder and Henriquez, who both played at the same time at Kansas State (2009-2013) and were a year ahead of Southwell, are playing in the Las Vegas Summer League. McGruder , an All-Big 12 selection while he was at K-State, is playing for the Golden State Warriors’ summer league team; Henriquez is playing for the team affiliated with the New York Knicks.
The Las Vegas Summer League gets started later than the Orlando league, beginning July 11 and running through July 21. All of the Las Vegas Summer League games are played at the Cox Pavilion on the UNLV campus.