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Rodriguez wants to play in Florida

Men’s staffer takes high school coaching job in Illinois

By Joel Jellison

Former Kansas State point guard Angel Rodriguez wants to transfer to a school in Florida.

At least that’s what his former high school coach Shakey Rodriguez says.

The coach told The Miami Herald that his former player is hoping to end up in Miami, and the University of Miami is high on his list.

“As far as I know, he hasn’t had any conversation with (Miami) yet, but he’s made it clear he wants to play in Florida, and preferably in Miami,” Shakey Rodriguez told The Herald. “The question now is who will reach out to him? Will it be Miami, USF, the (Florida) Gators? I’ll do whatever I can to help. I know he wants to do this quickly.’‘

Angel Rodriguez averaged 11.4 points and 5.2 assists en route to a Second Team All-Big 12 selection as a sophomore, leading the Wildcats in several categories on the court.

He came to the Wildcats as part of former coach Frank Martin’s connections in Florida, specifically his connections with Shakey Rodriguez and AAU coach Art Alvarez.

One potential roadblock for the sophomore in transferring to Miami would seem to be the unknown future of Hurricane guard Shane Larkin, who has yet to decide whether he will stay or enter the NBA Draft.

Shakey Rodriguez said it would have no bearing on whether Angel Rodriguez would be interested in the school. Rodriguez will have to sit out next season, unless he wins a planned appeal based on hardship.

Shakey Rodriguez said the sophomore would actually prefer the opportunity to play with Larkin.

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

McClain takes high school job

Kansas State coach Bruce Weber is losing a member of his staff that came with ties to Illinois.

Director of Student-Athlete Development Wayne McClain was named the Champaign boys’ basketball coach on Tuesday.

McClain has experience in the high school ranks, leading Manual (Peoria, Ill.) to four straight state titles from 1994-97. He was the head coach from 1995 to 2001.

McClain was a member of the Illinois men’s basketball coaching staff for 11 seasons, serving under both Weber and Bill Self.

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