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The nation’s fourth ranked two-guard (247Sports) has become the first high school commitment of the Todd Golden era for the Florida men’s basketball program. Riley Kugel announced his commitment to the Gators via Instagram Live Monday.

Kugel is rated a four-star prospect by 247Sports and played high school ball at Dr. Phillips, just down the road in Orlando.

As a senior, Kugel averaged 16.5 points, 4.8 rebounds and 3.2 assists over 31 games. He led the Panthers to a 26-6 record in 2021-22.

The 6’4, 175 lb was originally committed and signed to Mississippi State, but after the coaching carousel saw Ben Howland fired, Kugel decommitted and opted for a different place to play.

Sunday afternoon, he released a final three that included LSU and Georgia in addition to the Gators.

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