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K-State’s Rodriguez still mulling decision

By Cole Manbeck

Angel Rodriguez spent this past weekend home in Puerto Rico. But the question Kansas State fans are anxiously awaiting an answer to is whether or not the point guard will continue to call Manhattan, Kan., home for the remaining three years of his college basketball career.

“He’s going to continue to meet with Coach (Bruce) Weber and just give it some time and not rush into a decision,” Shakey Rodriguez, the former high school coach of Angel, said by phone on Monday. “That’s the last conversation I had with him and he hasn’t gotten back to me yet one way or the other.

“But I told him don’t rush it or anything, take a look, see how it fits into your life, your schemes and then come back and talk to me after that happens. He said he would and that’s where it stands.”

Angel came to K-State due in large part to a strong connection to Frank Martin, who left the Wildcats to become the head coach at South Carolina nearly two weeks ago. Weber, who was tabbed as Martin’s replacement nine days ago, called Shakey early last week to talk to him about Angel.

“We had a conversation — more of a business conversation,” Shakey said. “He came across as very likable, polite and positive. All those are good qualities. I can tell you he seemed like a good guy.”

Shakey said there’s no timeline as to when Angel will officially announce whether he’s staying at K-State or if he will transfer.

“I don’t know how much time he’s really had to spend with Coach Weber,” Shakey said. “But I want him to let this thing settle and meet with the staff and get an opportunity to interact with them a little bit.

“At the end of the day it doesn’t have to be a rush. I want him to get to know (Weber) and to give him a chance.”

As of last week, Weber said he expected everyone on the current roster to return, though admitted things could change at any moment.

Angel, who will return from Puerto Rico on Tuesday, averaged 8.3 points and led K-State with 3.2 assists in his freshman season.

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