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Miami Hurricanes Basketball Player Profile: Angel Rodriguez

In an effort to keep even the most hardcore Miami fan up to date on their favorite players, SOTU will be running a Player Profile series. In these posts, our writers will profile UM's roster for 2015-16. That way, when the season get's here, you hopefully will have a new found love for the team on the court.

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Angel Rodriguez

Senior PG 5'11 185 Cupey, P.R. (Miami, Dr. Krop HS )

2014-15 Stats: 32 games, 11.9 points, 3.9 assists, 2.3 rebounds, 1.8 steals in 28.3 minutes per game

Scouting Report:

· A tenacious athlete with a strong desire to win, even if it means sacrificing his own body

· Scored in double digits in 18 of his 32 appearances.  Very clutch FT shooter and not afraid to take the big shot.

· Left Puerto Rico at age 15 to come to the US to play basketball in High School

· Played his first two seasons at Kansas State, transferred to UM in 2013

· Aggressive slashing guard with the ability to hit the 3 as evidenced by his 5 3’s and 24 points to beat the Florida Gators and 4 3’s and 25 points (along with 5 steals and 5 assists) to help Miami beat Duke at Cameron Indoor

· Sports administration major is a fan of boxing and his favorite athlete is Manny Pacquiao

· Angel is obviously excited to be playing in the Puerto Rico Invitational this year in front of his family and friends

Summary:  In my opinion, last year we saw two Angels;  the Angel that helped beat Florida and Duke on the road and the Angel that went into a mid season shooting slump that likely cost the Canes a few games.  Taking the good with the bad though kept the Canes in close contention for an NCAA berth to the end, though they would come up a win or two short.  After a conversation with renowned sports psychologist Dr. Bob Rotella late in the season it looked like the real Angel was back, lighting up FSU in Coral Gables for 25 points helping the Canes beat their arch rivals. However this win came with a cost, as Angel fractured his wrist in that game, and was ultimately lost for the post season. Look for Angel to come back on a mission this year and he will be the key to how far the Canes can go this season.   Rodriguez and Ja’Quan Newton will be a force to deal with for opponents all year at the point and with more depth in the front court look for Angel to find McClellan, Jerkiri and Murphy early and often. His assist numbers should be very strong, but most importantly his leadership will be key for the 2015-16 Miami Hurricanes.