Miami Hurricanes New Point Guard

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Shane Larkin declaring for the 2013 NBA Draft was a huge blow for the Miami Hurricanes. Luckily, Kansas State Wildcats Angel Rodriguez has decided to transfer to Miami, according to ESPN.

On the year, Larkin put up 14.5 points per game, 3.8 rebounds per game and 4.6 assists per game.

Rodriguez was not too far behind, scoring 11.4 points per game, 2.1 rebounds per game and 5.2 assists per game. Although Miami would have loved to have Larkin for another two seasons, the Hurricanes will still be getting a very good point guard, who was also a sophomore this year.

If Rodriguez gets the amount of playing time that Larkin did, he could be even more productive. Rodriguez averaged 28.2 minutes per game, whereas Larkin played 36.4 minutes per game. That is a pretty big difference in time, when you are talking about having the most important player on the court.

Rodriguez is not as accurate of a shooter as Larkin was, but that is something that he can work on. Oddly enough, both players are 5’11”.

Rodriguez may not be as effective in the scoring department, but he is an assist machine. However, who knows how much better Rodriguez will get in a new system and another year on his belt. Going from the Big 12 to the ACC is likely a big change, but it should all work out.

Miami should just feel lucky that it was able to replace Larkin so fast with a guy that has a decent amount of experience in college basketball and who can make an instant impact for the team.

 

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