Eric Rodriguez enters his second season as a graduate student manager, including the first for head coach Bruce Weber. He is one of two graduate managers in the program, including Dustin Yoder.
Rodriguez's primary duties are to assist in the initial breakdown of game video, assist in gathering scouting information as well as help coordinate film exchange. He also helps assist the coaching staff with its recruiting database and team travel, along with other administrative duties.
Rodriguez comes to Kansas State after a two-year playing career at New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) in Old Westbury, N.Y. He saw action in all 58 games in his career, pacing the Bears in assists as both a junior (73) and senior (69).
As a senior in 2010-11, Rodriguez averaged 5.9 points on 38.9 percent shooting, including 37.5 percent from 3-point range, with 2.3 assists and 2.1 rebounds in 26 games played with 11 starts. He led the team in assists, while he was third in 3-point field goals (36) and fourth in steals (19). He scored a career-high 23 points against Molloy College on Feb. 2, 2011, knocking down a career-best seven 3-pointers.
Prior to his stint at NYIT, Rodriguez played two seasons at Broward College in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., which came on the heels of a four-year prep career at Dr. Krop High School in Miami. A native of Miami, Fla., he is the son of legendary Florida high school basketball coach Marcos "Shakey" Rodriguez.
Rodriguez graduated from NYIT in May 2011 with a bachelor's degree in interdisciplinary studies with a minor in business. He is currently pursuing a master's degree in College Student Personnel and Intercollegiate Athletics.