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Angel Rodriguez leaving Kansas State men's basketball program

Angel Rodriguez will leave the Kansas State basketball program. (Ed Zurga/Getty Images) Angel Rodriguez will leave the Kansas State basketball program. (Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

Sophomore point guard Angel Rodriguez will leave the Kansas State men's basketball program and look to transfer, the program announced in a release Monday.

Both head coach Bruce Weber and Rodriguez said that the decision was based solely on family reasons.

“After multiple conversations, Angel feels an obligation to be closer to his family,”  Weber said in the release, according to WIBW. “His mother is raising his two younger brothers all by herself in San Juan and he just wants to be able to see them more often.”

In 28.2 minutes per game last season, Rodriguez averaged 11.4 points and 5.2 assists per game, and he was named to the All-Big 12 second team. His Wildcats career ended with a dud, as he shot 0 of 6 from the field and finished with just two points in a second-round NCAA tournament loss to 13th-seeded La Salle.

“It is important that everyone understands that this was a really difficult decision,” Rodriguez said in the release. “I have really enjoyed my time here and this decision was based entirely on my family and has nothing do with Kansas State, basketball or the coaching staff. It’s unfortunate after the year we just had, but I just feel right now this is the best thing for me and my family. Whether it is the right choice or not, family has and always will be first with me.”

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