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RECRUITING: Darius McNeill requests his release from ISU

Texas combo guard Darius McNeill confirmed to Cyclone Fanatic on Friday that he has requested a full release from his national letter of intent with Iowa State. He signed with the Cyclones in November.

McNeill, a 6-foot-2, 165-pound three-star prospect, is rated as the No. 29 shooting guard in the class by 247. He’s the No. 146 player in the class and No. 10 prospect in Texas.

He was set to arrive on campus in Ames in time for summer school in June.

Once, or if, Iowa State grants his release, the Cyclones will have three open scholarships for the 2017-18 season. The school will have the final say in granting the release and whether or not it will include restrictions.

McNeill has not made a reason for his request known.

Stay tuned to Cyclone Fanatic for more on this story.

Jared Stansbury


Jared a native of Clarinda, Iowa, started as the Cyclone Fanatic intern in August 2013, primarily working as a videographer until starting on the women’s basketball beat prior to the 2014-15 season. Upon earning his Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from Iowa State in May 2016, Jared was hired as the site’s full-time staff writer, taking over as the primary day-to-day reporter on football and men’s basketball. He was elevated to the position of managing editor in January 2020. He is a regular contributor on 1460 KXNO in Des Moines and makes regular guest appearances on radio stations across the Midwest. Jared resides in Ankeny with his four-year-old puggle, Lolo.