Player Ratings: Shane Southwell leads the way for K-State in 65-64 win at West Virginia

Editor’s Note: We’re trying something new. After every conference game K-State plays this season, I will rate the way every K-State player performed on a 1-10 scale. This was first popularized by soccer writers and can be found other places. But, as I pointed out, it’s new here. Enjoy!

Shane Southwell — 9.5
This was Southwell’s best and most complete game in a Kansas State uniform. The junior guard scored a career-high 17 points, grabbed four rebounds and dished out three assists to go along with two free throws and a block that won the game in the final minute.
*Last game: 6. Average: 7.75.

*Though no player ratings were posted after the Oklahoma State game (I was sick last weekend) I still did the ratings in my head.

Rodney McGruder — 8.5: He was the Wildcats’ top scoring option in the first half, and did enough in the second half to finish with 17 points and six rebounds. It was another solid game from McGruder, but he could have done more. He missed an important open jumper in clutch time and only went 7 of 16 from the field.
Last game: 9.5. Average: 9.

Angel Rodriguez — 7: Rodriguez was too aggressive, committed too many fouls (three) and missed too many shots (four) but he played his best when it mattered most. The sophomore point guard made an important three-pointer in the second half and provided key defense in the final moments. He knows how to stay confident when things don’t go his way early.
Last game: 7. Average: 7.

Jordan Henriquez — 7: This could have been a great game for Henriquez had he been able to avoid foul trouble. Despite fouling out with more than 5 minutes to play, he scored nine points and grabbed seven rebounds. Now he needs to figure out how to stay on the court longer than 18 minutes.
Last game: 7. Average: 7.

Nino Williams — 6.5: Williams didn’t contribute as much as he did against Oklahoma State, but that was to be expected with Southwell playing so well. K-State coaches might want to try playing Southwell and Williams at the same time in future games.
Last game: 9. Average: 7.75.

Will Spradling — 6: His assist-to-turnover ration (4 to 1) was solid. But he did little else in 28 minutes of action. With only three reliable guards on the roster, he needs to stay out of foul trouble.
Last game: 6. Average: 6.

Martavious Irving — 6: Didn’t commit any turnovers. Only scored two points.
Last game: 6. Average: 6.

Thomas Gipson — 5: Gipson didn’t contribute much in this one. He scored three points, grabbed two rebounds and turned the ball over twice while also battling foul trouble.
Last game: 8. Average: 6.5

DJ Johnson — 4: He helped K-State fight foul trouble by grabbing a rebound and making no major mistakes in the first half.
Last game: N/A. Average: 4.

Adrian Diaz — N/A: Only played for a moment and got hurt before he could do anything.
Last game: N/A. Average: N/A.