The Kansas State basketball team lost another transfer on Monday, and this time the departure will leave a significant hole in the Wildcats’ returning lineup.
Sophomore point guard Angel Rodriguez, who is coming off an impressive season in which he was named to the Big 12’s all-conference second team, has decided to leave the program, the school announced in a press release Monday evening. The reason given for the transfer: Rodriguez wants to finish his college basketball career closer to his family in Puerto Rico.
“After multiple conversations, Angel feels an obligation to be closer to his family,” said K-State basketball coach Bruce Weber in a statement. “His mother is raising his two younger brothers all by herself in San Juan and he just wants to be able to see them more often.”
Rodriguez is a 5-foot-11, 180-pound point guard from San Juan, Puerto Rico, who averaged 9.8 points and 4.2 assists during his K-State career. Last season, he cut down on his freshman mistakes and averaged 11.4 points and 5.2 assists. He led the Wildcats in four categories, including 3-pointers, assists and steals.
His transfer comes as a surprise. He could have been one of the Big 12’s top point guards next season.
“We had a great year,” Rodriguez said in a statement. “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.”