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Miami 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 2014. That way, when the season get's here, you hopefully will have a new found love for the team on the court.

Ed Zurga

Angel Rodriguez

Junior - 5'11 180 - Miami Krop H.S. (transfer Kansas State)

2012-13 Second Team All Big 12 performer at K State where he averaged 11.4 ppg, shot 34.4% 3P%, added 5.2 assists, 2.1 rebounds and 1.5 steals.

Also earned All Big 12 defensive honors.

Known for his leadership and competitive nature.

"He's not afraid to bark out directions and motivate his teammates. His best attribute is his ability to generate confidence in his teammates." - Coach Jim Larranaga on Angel Rodriguez

Summary: Has a great all-around floor game, with an exceptional assist/turnover ratio because he always plays smart and under control.  Fiery competitor.  Is not a pure shooter, but likely to improve given the year off to work on his jumper, and with the promise of better shot selection under Coach L's tutelage.  At his best when creating for teammates.  Can get in the paint and kick to open shooters as well as any PG in the country.  Is also an outstanding on ball defender.  In Summary, is just a fantastic player, and could easily be in the top 2 or 3 PGs in the ACC.  However, did not play in the Spain trip because of a balky knee, which could be a concern given he also had knee issues in H.S. as well and decided not to seek a waiver following transferring UM in part to get healthy. However if he is 100% Rodriguez is the kind of player you can build a team around. Should combine with Manu Lecomte to give Miami one of the best PG combos in the country.  Should project for somewhere around 10 ppg, 5 apg, and 1-2 steals with his relentless defensive style.

Stay tuned for more player profiles as we count down to tip off.