Bruce Weber at Big 12 Media Day

Kansas State basketball coach Bruce Weber just walked off the main stage here at the Sprint Center at Big 12 Media Day. He didn’t have much new to say after speaking at the Wildcats’ media day two days ago in Manhattan, but there are a few tidbits worth passing along.

Here they are:

– Rodney McGruder continues to be one of the team’s top rebounders, even though he has more freedom in Weber’s motion offense.

“He’s so physical. He gets to the basket,” Weber said. “He’s our leading rebounder in practice. He’s very versatile.”

Weber envisions McGruder posting up in games this season, and taking advantage of his size and physicality. I still think he will spend more time on the perimeter, especially with the way he was worked on his outside shot the past few months. But it doesn’t seem like his role will change dramatically.

– K-State’s new practice facility is almost ready for use, and Weber sees it as a big advantage to the program.

“We have something pretty special now to show recruits,” Weber said.

– Weber followed Bill Self at Illinois. Now he is competing with him at Kansas. Weber said K-State athletic director John Currie specifically asked if he was up for that challenge before hiring him. His answer? Of course.

“It should be fun,” Weber said. “He’s done a great job. Hopefully we can compete with them.”