Signee Riley Kugel granted release from Mississippi State basketball, but Bulldogs still 'an option'

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Riley Kugel, a signee in Mississippi State basketball's 2022 class, announced his decommitment from the school on Tuesday.

The three-star prospect signed with the Bulldogs on Nov. 10.

In a statement released by Kugel on Twitter, he cited the recent decision to part ways with Ben Howland as the reason for his decommitment.

"After recent changes with the coaching staff, I have decided that I will be decommitting from Mississippi State University and will reopen my recruitment," Kugel said. "Although they have granted me a release (from signage), Mississippi State will still be an option."

Kugel, a 6-foot-6, 175-pound guard, was the nation's 16th best shooting guard and rated Florida's 21st best player in the 247Sports Composite. The Dr. Phillips (Florida) High School prospect holds offers from schools like Auburn, Houston, Miami, Florida and Florida State.

Kugel averaged 16.5 points, 3.2 assists and 4.8 rebounds per game his senior season.

Mississippi State hired New Mexico State's Chris Jans on Sunday to replace Howland.

CHRIS JANS:Mississippi State basketball hires Chris Jans of New Mexico State as coach

BEN HOWLAND:Ben Howland is out as Mississippi State men's basketball coach

This article originally appeared on Mississippi Clarion Ledger: Riley Kugel given release by Mississippi State basketball, may return