Braian Angola-Rodas set to visit Washington

Originally from Columbia, Braian Angola-Rodas knew his future could be made through basketball. Angola-Rodas found his way to Findlay Prep in Las Vegas before eventually ending up at North Idaho College, where he became an NJCAA First Team All-American last year. 

Braian Angola-Rodas averaged 21.4 points, 6.5 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game.  Now he's looking to take his game to the next level. 

"When I came to Findlay Prep I was really skinny," Angola-Rodas told Dawgman.com Wednesday afternoon. "I played a little bit at Findlay Prep. I was the sixth man. I'd play about 16 minutes a game. I played with (former UW guard) Nigel (Williams-Goss). I was the same year as Nigel."

So why didn't he go to a four-year school after his time in Nevada?

"I talked to a lot of coaches, but my grades weren't looking really good, so I had to jump to jc because of that," said Angola-Rodas.

When Angola-Rodas showed up at NIC, he was 6-foot-5 and 160 pounds. Now he's a sturdy 6-foot-6 and 195 pounds.   "I've gotten bigger. I've gotten more confidence in myself. Just pretty much working hard every day to get where I want to be, and right now I'm working toward a goal that I have to play Division-1 and the NBA.

"I play always very hard. I like to shoot the ball and make good plays, am a good rebounder and good passer. I always have fun. I like to have fun."

Because of his monster season at NIC, Texas A&M, Indiana, Oregon, Utah, Oregon State, Washington, Washington State, Florida State, Oklahoma State, Houston, Memphis, and others have offered scholarships to the shooting guard. He has already visited Houston, Texas Tech and Western Kentucky, and will visit Florida State on Friday and Washington on Sunday.  

What would be a good fit for Angola-Rodas?  "I'm looking for somewhere where ... I only have four years to play in college, so I want enjoy the last three years," he said. "I just want to play and do my academics."

He added that a school that needs a scoring guard would obviously be a good fit too. "Someone who can put the ball in the bucket and is a good defender," Angola-Rodas added.

Has Angola-Rodas ever traveled to the 206? "I've been to Seattle," he said. "I went to watch Nigel play a little bit. My godmother lives in Olympia, Washington. I go to visit her sometimes."

Contrary to what you might think, Angola-Rodas has gotten nothing but complimentary remarks from Williams-Goss when it comes to his former school. "(Williams-Goss) says a lot of great things about Washington," Angola-Rodas said. "He said it's a great city and loved the fans and liked the school. I didn't talk to him about why he transferred but he had great things to talk about Washington. I'm really looking forward to my Washington visit."

Angola-Rodas is being recruited by UW Head Coach Lorenzo Romar and Assistant Coach Will Conroy. 

"I will make my decision April 22nd, Friday," said Angola-Rodas. "I have to get my AA, but I will be done by the end of May."

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