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Kansas State starting point guard to transfer

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In Bruce Weber's first season at Manhattan, Kan., he guided Kansas State to a 27-8 record and a No. 4 seed in the NCAA Tournament.

Sophomore point guard Angel Rodriguez was the spark who drove the Wildcats. And on Monday, Rodriguez became the third Kansas State player since the end of the season to decide to leave the program.

Rodriguez, who was named to the Big 12's all-conference second team, wants to finish his college basketball career closer to his family in Puerto Rico.

"After multiple conversations, Angel feels an obligation to be closer to his family," Kansas State basketball coach Bruce Weber said in a statement. "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."

The 5-foot-11, 180-pound Rodriguez averaged 11.4 points and 5.2 assists last year while leading Wildcats in four categories, including 3-pointers, assists and steals.

The other two players to transfer are Michael Orris, a freshman point guard who cited the chance for more playing time elsewhere and sophomore forward Adrian Diaz, who like Rodriguez, left to be closer to his home in Miami.

"We had a great year," Rodriguez said. "It was the right decision to come here and I don't regret it. Coach Weber and his staff made the transition a lot easier than I ever thought it would be. He made me a better player and to play with more confidence."
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