K-State sophomore point guard Angel Rodriguez will be transferring to another school next season. Rodriguez had expressed a desire to be closer to his family in his native Puerto Rico. This past season, he averaged 11.4 points, 5.2 assists, 2.1 rebounds and 1.5 steals in 28.2 minutes per game en route to earning All-Big 12 Second Team and Big 12 All-Defensive Team honors from the league coaches. In 65 career games, Rodriguez averaged 9.8 points on 36 percent shooting with 4.2 assists, 2.3 rebounds and 1.4 steals in 25.0 minutes per game.
Rodriguez would’ve been the Big 12′s returning leader in assists. He released the following statement thru K-State.
“It is important that everyone understands that this was a really difficult decision,” said Rodriguez. “I have really enjoyed my time here and this decision was based entirely on my family and has nothing do with Kansas State, basketball or the coaching staff. It’s unfortunate after the year we just had, but I just feel right now this is the best thing for me and my family. Whether it is the right choice or not, family has and always will be first with me.”
“We had a great year,” said Rodriguez. “It was the right decision to come here and I don’t regret it all. Coach Weber and his staff made the transition a lot easier than I ever thought it would be. He made me a better player and to play with more confidence. I never thought I would get this close to my teammates. The past few days have been difficult for me, just thinking how this decision would impact them. However, at the end of the day, I have do what I think is best for my mom and my brothers.”
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