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Top-50 senior Riley Kugel commits to Florida

Joe Tipton05/23/22
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Riley Kugel
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Riley Kugel, a 6-foot-5 class of 2022 shooting guard has committed to Florida, he tells On3.

“I picked Florida because I feel like it will be the best place for me to develop myself and get to where I want to be in these next few years,” Kugel said to On3. “And of course, it’s HOME.”

The four-star senior out of Orlando Dr. Phillips was initially signed with Mississippi State but reopened his recruitment after former head coach Ben Howland was fired. Mississippi State’s lead recruiter for Kugel was assistant coach Korey McCray, who has since been hired at Florida. Kugel also drew interest from LSU, Georgia, and others.

Kugel was one of the biggest stock risers we’ve seen this high school season. Prior to On3’s class of 2022 update, Kugel was ranked No. 207 in the Consensus rankings. The Florida native jumped over 150 spots as he’s now the No. 46 overall prospect according to the Consensus. On3’s evaluators are on him even higher, ranking him as the 42nd best overall prospect in the class, higher than any other recruiting media company.

Kugel is the sixth addition to the Gators 2022 recruiting class and will even join his high school teammate, Denzel Aberdeen, a three-star combo guard. Newly hired head coach Todd Golden hit the portal hard this offseason landing four commitments: Kyle Lofton from St. Bonaventure, Alex Fudge from LSU, Trey Bonham from VMI, and Will Richard from Belmont.

Kugel Scouting Summary

“At 6-5, Kugel has long arms and a physically developed frame. He is comfortable on the ball, showcasing great vision to set up his teammates and his jump shot extends well beyond the arc. His explosion has become a weapon as he gets past his man and is a threat to get on the rim when he touches the paint. Plays with a competitive fire. Good in the passing lanes. Three-level scorer.” – Jamie Shaw, On3’s National Recruiting Analyst