On Monday afternoon, news broke that Kansas State sophomore guard Angel Rodriguez has elected to transfer from the Wildcats’ program.
While initially, Rodriguez’s decision may come as a bit of shock or may simply be unexpected in terms that perspective from K-State fans, it may not be as unexpected as you think.
For those who are shocked at Rodriguez’s decision, the arguments are very obvious. Rodriguez was second on the team in minutes this past season, averaging 28.2 per contest. Rodriguez was second on the team in scoring, averaging 11.4 points per game. Oh, and the Wildcats were co-Big 12 champions during the regular season. Just a sophomore, it’s clear that Rodriguez was knocking on the door of a breakout run as an upperclassman, at least that’s what his numbers where beginning to indicate. In terms of looking ahead to the 2013-14 season, Rodriguez was also planning on being the man in the back court with the graduation of the team’s leading scorer, Rodney McGruder.
So with all that in place, why would Rodriguez make the decision to leave Kansas State?
Well everything aside, keep in mind a couple of key components that may relay to Rodriguez’s decision. He is an original native of Puetro Rico, which isn’t exactly close to Manhattan, Kansas. In addition, Rodriguez played under a new head coach this season in Bruce Weber, although he was originally recruited by Frank Martin. When Martin left K-State to take over the program at South Carolina, Rodriguez elected to stay, but it’s simply speculation to think whether or not he would be interested in reuniting with his former head coach.
A lot of talk is already surfacing around Miami (FL), a closer fit for Rodriguez, especially considered that the city where he attended high school. With the uncertain draft decision of current Hurricanes’ point guard Shane Larkin, Rodriguez could be in a good position to come in and take over in the back court. Yet once again, this is simply speculation less than 24 hours after his decision went public.
Rodriguez is a budding talent with two years of eligibility still remaining at the collegiate level. Someone will certainly be happy to land his future services, but Rodriguez would need a waiver to be able to play in the 2013-14 season.
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