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Three-star KeyShawn Feazell decommits from Iowa State, commits to Miss. State

January 12, 2016: Mississippi State Bulldogs head coach Ben Howland during the 2nd half of the NCAA basketball game between the  Mississippi State Bulldogs and the Kentucky Wildcats at Rupp Arena in Lexington, KY.  Kentucky defeated Mississippi State 80-74. (Photo by David Blair/Icon Sportswire)
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Three-star power forward Keyshawn Feazell committed to Iowa State basketball just about six weeks ago, but he announced on Twitter that he’s changed his mind.

Feazell will be joining a Mississippi State program that has landed just one other commit for 2017 – four-star point guard Nick Weatherspoon. Before Feazell committed to the Bulldogs, Mississippi State had the ninth-best recruiting class for next February in the SEC according to 247 Sports.

Last season, which was former Pittsburgh and UCLA coach Ben Howland’s first in Starkville, the Bulldogs went 14-17, including 7-11 in conference play. Mississippi State lost in the first round of the SEC tournament to Georgia.

With the power forward now aboard, 247 Sports moved the Mississippi State 2017 recruiting class up one spot to eighth-best in the SEC.

Feazell’s decision to de-commit is an interesting one because Iowa State went 23-12 and went to the NCAA tournament for the fifth straight season in 2015-16, and the Cyclones had the second-highest rated 2017 recruitment class in the Big 12 before his decision to leave according to 247 Sports.

The power forward didn’t reveal his ultimate reason for de-committing, but it’s pretty clear it’s not due to program reputation or prestige.

Feazell, who is from Monticello, MS, which is about three hours south of Starkville, stands at 6-foot-9 and 225 pounds. 247 Sports ranks him as the 51st-best power forward and 226th overall player in the 2017 recruiting class. Based on the same ranking system, Weatherspoon and Feazell are two of the top three high school players in the state of Mississippi.

The power forward averaged 17.3 points and 8.6 rebounds per game for Lawrence High School in Monticello last season.

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