It is official: He is going to Miami.
Former Kansas State point guard Angel Rodriguez is transferring to Miami to be closer to family who live in Puerto Rico. The decision comes about a week after his announcement that he was leaving Kansas State.
Rodriguez averaged 11.4 points and 5.2 assists per game in his sophomore season, earning a all-Big 12 second team nod and helping the Wildcats to a share of the Big 12 regular season title. It was because of this success that it was a surprise the former Frank Martin recruit would want to leave K-State, but news of his family’s health problems in Puerto Rico helped shed light on his reasonings.
Reports say that most every school in Florida reached out to Rodriguez but Miami was always the leader for his services.
“Angel is an exceptional point guard,” Miami basketball head coach Jim Larranaga told the Miami Herald. “When you watch him you immediately notice his ball-handling and passing skills. He can also hit the open shot. He has a pass-first mentality, but if he sees an open lane, he won’t hesitate to attack. We feel very, very good about Angel joining our program.
The move comes as at a good time for Miami who is losing Shane Larking to the NBA draft this summer.
“You have to feel fortunate when a player of his caliber and character calls you and says, ‘I need to play closer to home. 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.”
While NCAA rules say Rodriguez has to sit out a year after transferring, but it is possible Miami may file for a special hardship waiver. No decision has been made whether a waiver will be filed or now.
K-State has three guards coming in their 2013 recruiting class, two of which are point guards. Nigel Johnson, a three-star recruit from Maryland, and Jevon Thomas, a three-start recruit from Wisconsin, will be battling for playing time in 2013-2014. Justin Edwards, a point guard from the University Maine, is considering Kansas State as a potential landing spot after deciding to transfer in March.