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High school coach says Angel Rodriguez wants to play in Florida

  • Miami Herald
  • Published Tuesday, April 23, 2013, at 11:46 a.m.
  • Updated Tuesday, April 23, 2013, at 2:33 p.m.

— Former Miami Krop High point guard Angel Rodriguez announced Monday night that he’s transferring from Kansas State to be closer to his family in Puerto Rico, and his high school coach said the University of Miami is high on his list.

“As far as I know, he hasn’t had any conversation with UM yet, but he’s made it clear he wants to play in Florida, and preferably in Miami,” said Shakey Rodriguez, who coached Rodriguez (no relation) at Krop and AAU. “The question now is who will reach out to him? Will it be Miami, USF, the Gators? I’ll do whatever I can to help. I know he wants to do this quickly.’’

Rodriguez averaged 11.4 points and 5.2 assists as a sophomore. He led the Wildcats in three-pointers, assists and steals and was named second-team All-Big 12.

He was recruited to K-State by former Miami High coach Frank Martin, who left for South Carolina last year.

Coach Rodriguez said Hurricane guard Shane Larkin’s decision whether to stay at UM or enter the NBA Draft has no bearing on Angel Rodriguez’s interest in the school. Rodriguez would have to sit out a year per NCAA transfer rules unless he wins an appeal based on hardship.

“He’d love to see Shane stay and play in the backcourt with him,” Shakey Rodriguez said. “He has great respect for Shane and the UM program. I think it would be a great fit.”

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