Maccabi Hunter Haifa, the 2016-17 Israeli Basketball Super League runner-up, announced today that they have signed point guard Angel Rodriguez for the 2017-18 season. Per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Rodriguez, 24, appeared in 24 contests during the 2016-17 season for Cholet Basket in France ProA and averaged 9.9 points while shooting 33.3 percent from three-point range and 86.6 percent from the charity stripe, along with 2.5 rebounds and 2.8 assists in 23.1 minutes.
The 5-foot-11 point guard had a prolific collegiate career at Kansas State and the University of Miami. He played 132 career games (65 at Kansas State and 67 at Miami) and averaged 11.1 points, 4.2 assists, 1.6 steals and 2.4 rebounds in 27.2 minutes per game. He spent his first two seasons at Kansas State, tallying 11.4 points, 2.1 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 1.5 steals during his sophomore season (2012-13) in which the team earned BIG-12 Co-Champion. Rodriguez was named to the All-BIG 12 Second Team and BIG-12 All-Defensive team.
The Cupey, Puerto Rico native transferred to the University of Miami for his junior season — returning to the state of Florida where he starred at Dr. Michael M. Krop Senior High School in Miami. As a Redshirt Senior at Miami (2015-16), Rodriguez guided his team to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament, appearing in 35 games while posting averages of 12.6 points, 2.5 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 1.7 steals in 30.1 minutes. In three NCAA Tournament games, Rodriguez averaged 21.7 points, 5.7 assists, 3.0 steals and 3.3 rebounds in 35.3 minutes per game.
“We’ve known Angel for many years, and our plan was to one day bring his talents to Haifa,” said Maccabi Hunter Haifa team owner Jeff Rosen. “We’re thrilled that the day has come as we’re adding an ultimate competitor and the true meaning of a leader.”
“Angel is a young and energetic point guard with a lot of upside,” said Maccabi Hunter Haifa head coach Offer Rahimi. “I believe he’ll continue to improve his game in Haifa after his first year of experience in Europe.”