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Report: Mario Kegler asks for release from Mississippi State

Kegler was a former four-star recruit.

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Mississippi State Bulldogs small forward Mario Kegler has reportedly asked for his release from the program.

Evan Daniels of had the scoop on the rising sophomore’s reported request.

Kegler was a former four-star recruit from the famed Oak Hill Academy. Originally from Jackson, Mississippi, Kegler had committed to Mississippi State back on November 11, 2015, ranking as the top player in his state, the eighth-best small forward and the 53rd best player in the country.

In 32 games this past season, he averaged 9.7 points and 5.5 rebounds per game while shooting 42.1 percent from the field. State didn’t have too much success, going 16-16 and 6-12 in SEC play under head coach Ben Howland, but they were able to pick up a win in the SEC Tournament against the LSU Tigers before falling to the Alabama Crimson Tide.

At the time of Kegler’s commitment and during his recruiting process, all signs pointed to State landing him. So, it’s not as if we have a possible direction for the rising sophomore to go. One would expect that a player of his caliber will attract a laundry list of suitors if this news is indeed true.

Should it prove to come to fruition, Kegler would become the second high-profile Bulldog to transfer from the program in recent memory. The first was prized recruit Malik Newman, a former five-star who only played a year at State before eventually landing with the Kansas Jayhawks.

UPDATE: The Clarion-Ledger is reporting that Mario Kegler will meet with head coach Ben Howland next week.