After swirling controversy, the Mississippi State men’s basketball program granted a full release of the national letter of intent for former signee Garrison Brooks.
MSU Grants Brooks Full Release From NLI
— MSU Men’s Basketball (@HailStateMBK) April 11, 2017
Brooks, who is from Auburn, Ala., is the son of Mississippi State assistant coach George Brooks. He previously was not being allowed out of his letter of intent, according to Rivals.com’s Corey Evans.
Garrison Brooks, a 2017 Mississippi State signee, has been denied his release. Could enroll at MSU in the fall or attend a prep school
— Corey Evans (@coreyevans_10) April 11, 2017
The school announced the move on Tuesday, although it qualified the previous lack of action and deflected the blame for some of the controversy.
In the release, the school said:
“Although the Collegiate Commissioner’s Association, which provides governance oversight of the National Letter of Intent program, denied Garrison Brooks’ appeal to be released from his NLI, Mississippi State coach Ben Howland spoke with the four-star standout from Auburn, Ala., on Tuesday and decided to grant his release.”
Brooks was the 30th-ranked power forward in the nation and the No. 134 prospect overall for the 2017 recruiting class, according to the 247Sports composite rankings.
The elder Brooks has been an assistant at Mississippi State the past six years. The school has not announced changes in his status.