Kansas State transfer Angel Rodriguez will not seek a waiver from the NCAA that would allow him to play immediately at Miami, and will instead redshirt the 2013-14 season. Hurricanes coach Jim Larranaga said the decision was made because of nagging injuries Rodriguez is dealing with in his knees and wrist.
"In one of our very first conversations, Angel shared with me that he was struggling with injuries that he sustained during his two years in college," Larranaga said during Miami's preseason media conference. "One was a wrist injury, and one was a very serious tendinitis in his knee. When we had him visit with our trainer Wes Brown, Wes felt that it was so severe that he took him to our team doctors. They did x-rays and MRI's, and eventually shut him down the entire summer. When Angel and I talked about him for this upcoming year, the discussion was, ‘There is no sense applying for the waiver to help you be eligible when you're not physically going to be fit enough.' He told me at that time, he would much prefer to just sit out the year anyway, learn the new system and be 100%, or close to 100%, for his last two years.
"We were waiting to decide whether or not to apply for the waiver to see how he was feeling. I spoke to him the other day. We both agreed that we weren't going to apply for the waiver, so he's definitely going to red shirt this year with Sheldon McClellan and be available next season and the following year."
Rodriguez, who went to high school in Miami, averaged 11.4 points and 5.2 assists in his sophomore season at Kansas State. If eligible and healthy, he would have almost certainly assumed the lead-guard role left behind by Shane Larkin.