A four-star recruit has reopened his recruitment.
L.J. Figueroa, who was previously a member of the Class of 2017, has requested and received his release from New Mexico State, according to Mark Rudi of the Las Cruces Sun-News. The 6-foot-5 swingman had committed to the Aggies in November under head coach Paul Weir. In April, Weir left the program to fill the vacancy at New Mexico.
“L.J. has not expressed any interest in being at New Mexico State,” New Mexico State head coach Chris Jans told the Sun-News. Jans became Weir’s successor on April 17.
Figueroa had enrolled in school midseason. Since he didn’t appear in any games for the Aggies, it’s likely Figueroa will receive a waiver to play immediately at whatever school he chooses to transfer to.
He held offers from high-major schools like Miami (FL), Mississippi State, Rutgers and Virginia Tech. Figueroa was one of the breakout stars this time last year, excelling during the April live recruiting periods. Playing for Team Breakdown, Figueroa was one of the top scorers in the Under Armour Association, pouring in 20.4 points per game.
The Aggies have been to six NCAA Tournaments since 2010 but Jans’ first year will prove to be challenging one. Ian Baker exhausted his eligibility while Braxton Huggins, the team’s second-leading scorer, elected to transfer out of the program.