Aug. 26, 2011
MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State head coach Frank Martin announced on Friday the addition of former Wildcat letterman Darren Kent and Eric Rodriguez to the program as graduate managers.
“I’m excited to welcome Darren and Eric to the staff,” said Martin. “I think they are talented young men who will do a great job with our players. I look forward to watching them grow in the business.”
A native of Apple Valley, Minn., Kent lettered four years for the Wildcats from 2005-09, playing for head coaches Jim Wooldridge, Bob Huggins and Martin. He saw action in 96 games in his career, including 33 starts, averaging 4.3 points on 40.8 percent shooting to go with 3.1 rebounds in 14.1 minutes per game.
Kent played on three postseason teams during his K-State career, including the school’s first trip to the NCAA Tournament in 22 seasons in 2007-08. As a senior captain, he averaged 9.0 points and 5.8 rebounds per game in 33 starts for a squad that advanced to the second round of the NIT in 2008-09.
Kent played one season of professional basketball in France following his graduation from Kansas State with a bachelor’s degree in social science in May 2009.
The son of legendary Florida high school coach Marcos “Shakey” Rodriguez, Rodriguez comes to K-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 (69), while he was third in 3-point field goals (36) and fourth in steals (19). He scored a career-high 23 points against Molloy on Feb. 2, 2011, knocking down a career-best seven 3-point field goals.
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 Krop High School in Miami, Fla. He graduated from NYIT in May 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies with a minor in business.
Kent and Rodriguez are both pursuing master’s degrees in college student personnel.