Due to local ties, and close proximity to his family in Puerto Rico, the University of Miami has quickly become the front-runner to land Kansas State transfer Angel Rodriguez, CBSSports.com's Jeff Goodman reported Tuesday morning.
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Goodman wrote the following about Rodriguez, who announced on Monday he'd be leaving the Wildcats basketball program:
The 5-foot-11 point guard played at Krop High near Miami, and his family lives in Puerto Rico. He elected to leave Kansas State on Monday and stated he wanted to be closer to his family.
Miami is the logical choice for numerous reasons, most of all due to proximity. Billy Donovan and the Florida Gators likely won't be in the equation due to the fact that they will bring in Kasey Hill -- one of the top freshman point guards in the nation.
Rodriguez will petition the NCAA for immediate eligibility according to Goodman, after a junior season in which he led Kansas State in assists (5.2 per game) and finished second in scoring at 11.4 points a contest.
If Rodriguez were to get eligible immediately, and if he were to end up with the Hurricanes, it would be a major boost to a Miami club whose 2013 season ended with a Sweet 16 loss to Marquette.
Entering 2014 the Hurricanes will lose five of their top six scorers to graduation, with the real possibility that star guard Shane Larkin could declare for the NBA Draft as well.
Larkin, who averaged 14.5 points and 4.6 assists last season, finished second in the ACC Player of the Year voting. He has until Sunday to announce his decision.