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4-Star SG L.J. Figueroa Commits To New Mexico State Over Florida, Louisville, Miami, Others

L.J. Figueroa dunking the ball.

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L.J. Figueroa, a four-star wing out of Orlando's West Oaks Academy, surprised many with a commitment to New Mexico State basketball.

Figueroa is ranked No. 87 in the class of 2017, and No. 20 among shooting guards in his class. He holds offers from a number of power programs, including Florida, Louisville, Miami, Texas Tech, and Virginia Tech. This evening, he made his decision, and will be heading to play for the New Mexico State Aggies in the WAC.

Here is his full recruiting profile via 247Sports.
He is the first player to join New Mexico State's 2017 class, and he makes a big splash for head coach Paul Weir. The Aggies have been a very solid program in recent years, making the NCAA Tournament in 2007, 2010, and every year from 2012-2015. Still, this is a huge pick-up for the program.

L.J. Figueroa continues the trend of big time players choosing mid-majors over power programs in recent months. Western Kentucky has picked up two blue chip players in recent months: four-star shooting guard Josh Anderson and five-star center Mitchell Robinson. In October, four-star forward Carte'Are Gordon chose Saint Louis over Kansas and Mizzou. In recent years, top players from small programs have caught the eye of the NBA, and while many four and five star players still flock to the Duke and Kentuckys of the world, some guys are willing to blaze their own trail.