Feb. 18, 2013
MANHATTAN, Kan. - Sophomore Angel Rodriguez earned Phillips 66 Big 12 co-Player of the Week honors for the first time in his career on Monday after helping Kansas State split a pair of games last week.
Rodriguez, who shared the weekly honor with Kansas' Jeff Withey, becomes the second Wildcat to earn the Big 12's Player of the Week accolade, joining Rodney McGruder who has won the weekly honor four times this season (Dec. 10 and 24, Jan. 7 and 21). The five overall weekly awards are the most by any Big 12 school this season.
Rodriguez averaged 19.5 points on 48.1 percent shooting (13-of-27), including 42.9 percent (6-of-14) from 3-point range, to go with 8.0 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 3.0 steals in 34.5 minutes per game in helping K-State split games with No. 14/13 Kansas (62-83) and Baylor (81-61) last week. He has now scored in double figures in seven of the last nine games, including four consecutive games.
Rodriguez opened the week with a 17-point effort in a road loss at No. 14/13 Kansas on Feb. 11, as he connected on 6-of-12 field goals, including 3-of-6 from 3-point range, with six assists, three steals and two rebounds in 31 minutes of action. He followed with his second 20-point outing in three games in a home win over Baylor, as he collected his first career double-double with career-highs in points (22) and assists (10). He became the first Wildcat with 10 assists in a game since Denis Clemente dished out 10 in a win over Oklahoma State on March 11, 2010, while his 10 dimes tie for the seven-most ever in a conference game.
Rodriguez went 7-of-15 from the field against the Bears, including 3-of-8 from beyond the arc, to go with five rebounds and three steals in 38 minutes. He was also the primary defender on Baylor's Pierre Jackson, who scored just seven points on 2-of-8 shooting, including 1-of-7 from 3-point range, with five turnovers.
Rodriguez ranks first or second in six categories, including first in assists (115) and steals (33) and second in scoring (10.7 ppg.) and double-digit scoring games (14). He has helped the Wildcats rank first in the Big 12 in both assist-to-turnover ratio (1.4) and turnover margin (+3.0), while he places in the league's Top 20 in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.4, 1st), assists (5.0, 4th), steals (1.4, 7th) and scoring (20th).
The 13th-ranked Wildcats (20-5, 9-3 Big 12) remain in a three-way tie for first place in the Big 12 standings heading into tonight's Big Monday match-up with former head coach Bob Huggins and his West Virginia Mountaineers (13-12, 6-6 Big 12) at Bramlage Coliseum at 8 pm. It will mark Huggins' first trip to Manhattan since leaving K-State after the 2006-07 season to return to his alma mater, while it will be the Mountaineers' first-ever trip to K-State.