Basketball team adds Darren Kent, Eric Rodriguez to staff

26 Aug

The names of recently announced graduate managers will be familiar ones. K-State Sports Information sent out a release today that stated Darren Kent, a former Wildcat basketball player, and Eric Rodriguez, also a former college player and son of well-known Floridian coach “Shakey” Rodriguez, will be part of the team’s staff this season as they pursue their graduate degrees in college student personnel.

Kent, a Minnesota native, played at K-State from 2005-2009 and under three different coaches – Jim Wooldridge, Bob Huggins and Frank Martin. As a point guard in the 2007-08 season, Kent helped lead the Wildcats back to the NCAA tournament for the first time in over two decades. Over his years with the team, he averaged just under 15 minutes per game ( in which he got 4.3 points per game and 3.1 rebounds per game) and shot almost 41 percent from the floor. After graduating from the university with a degree in social sciences, he played professionally in France for a year.

Rodriguez, a 2011 graduate of New York Institute of Technology, also had a four-year college basketball career. He played two seasons at Broward College in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., before switching to NYIT and playing two seasons there. A master of the assist (he led NYIT in the category both as a junior and as a senior), Rodriguez comes to K-State directly after earning his degree in interdisciplinary studies with a minor in business.

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