Mississippi State basketball signee Mario Kegler was officially cleared by the NCAA to play this season, according to a report from CBS Sports’ Jon Rothstein.
Mississippi State freshman Mario Kegler has been cleared by the NCAA, sources told @CBSSports. Fully eligible for the 2016-17 season.
— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) August 15, 2016
Kegler was a 4-star recruit out of Oak Hill Academy in Virginia. Listed at 6-foot-7 and 225 pounds, he was one of the foundational pieces of Ben Howland’s first full recruiting class.
Kegler, ranked the No. 52 player in the class, was the second highest prospect in Mississippi State’s No. 9 overall class. He joins Schnider Herard (No. 46), Eli Wright (No. 81), Lamar Peters (No. 97), Tyson Carter (No. 98) and signee Abdul Ado (No. 120) as four-star recruits in the class. E.J Datcher is the other member of this class.
Kegler averaged 14.2 points and 5.1 rebounds per game for Oak Hill, one of the top basketball prep schools in the country.
Mississippi State went 14-17 in Howland’s first season at the helm in Starkville.