Former Kansas State point guard and Miami, FL. (Krop) high school grad, Angel Rodriguez, will transfer to the University of Miami.
Rodriguez (5-11, 180) announced his intentions to leaves Kansas State just a week ago and on Wednesday he signed his official scholarship papers.
Rodriguez comes to UM at a critical time as sophomore PG Shane Larkin recently declared for the 2013 NBA Draft. The Hurricanes’ will also lose seniors Kenny Kadji, Durand Scott, Julian Gamble, Reggie Johnson and Trey McKinney-Jones.
Hurricanes’ head coach Jim Larranaga told the Miami Herald, “Angel is an exceptional point guard…When you watch him you immediately notice his ball-handling and passing skills. He can also hit the open shot. Like Shane, he has a pass-first mentality, but if he sees and open lane, he won’t hesitate to attack. We feel very, very good about Angel joining our program, especially since Shane made his decision.”
Rodriguez had an impressive sophomore season with the Wildcats’ averaging 11.4 ppg, 2.1 rpg and 5.3 apg. Kansas State finished this past season ranked No. 2 in the Big 12 with a record of 27-8, 14-4 Big 12. He was named All-Big 12 Second Team, Big 12 Championship All-Tournament Team, Big 12 All-Defensive Team and NIT Season Tip-Off-All-Tournament Team in 2013.
“You have to feel fortunate when a player of his caliber calls you and says, ‘I need to play closer to home,’ Larranaga told the Miami Herald. “He will be very much at home here in Miami, where so many people speak Spanish, so many people know him, and he is a short flight from his family. He’s also a very bright young man and serious about academics.”
According to the Kansas City Star, NCAA rules require athletes to sit out a year after transferring in most cases. Should Rodriguez be granted a waiver, he will likely replace Shane Larkin. If he is not, he will be allowed to practice with the men’s basketball team and will return for the 2014-15 season.