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Florida Transfer Riley Kugel Won’t Play for Kansas Basketball: Report

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Just a few weeks after Riley Kugel committed to the Kansas Jayhawks, the former Florida guard won’t be playing for KU, according to CBS Sports’ Matt Norlander.

Norlander shared this in an X post on Wednesday afternoon.


Kugel committed to KU back in late March. He is fresh off of a successful sophomore season at Florida where he averaged 9.2 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 1.5 assists per game on 39.4% shooting from the field.

But things took a turn earlier this week, when in an interview with the NCAA’s Andy Katz, Self began by explaining how KU sought to address its weaknesses in the portal: “I don’t know that we’ve addressed every one of them, but for the most part I think we’ve done a pretty good job, with Zeke Mayo and Rylan Griffen, obviously, and AJ Storr.”


He continued, though, by making a reference to Kugel, the first time he has discussed the Orlando, Florida, native publicly: “We also got a commitment from a young man from Florida, Kugel, Riley Kugel, that it’s up in the air whether or not Riley will come, but certainly those other three we feel really good about.”

Coming out of Dr. Phillips High School in the Class of 2022, Kugel was listed as a four-star prospect by the 247Sports index as well as the nation’s 56th-ranked prospect. He also checked in as the fourth-ranked shooting guard in his class and the 11th-ranked player in the state of Florida.

Even without Kugel coming to Kansas, the Jayhawks look refreshed and reloaded for a big 2024-25 basketball season.

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