Lincoln East's Sam Griesel granted release from letter of intent by South Dakota

Sam Griesel averaged 17.1 points and 5.3 rebounds per game for Lincoln East last season.

Lincoln East senior Sam Griesel asked for a release from his letter of intent to South Dakota. The release was not fully granted, but Griesel was given permission to contact other programs.

Griesel, a 6-foot-5, 193-pound shooting guard, was a first-team All-Nebraska selection and averaged 17.1 points and 6-1 rebounds per game last season. He finished as the No. 3 player in the state in the NebHSRecruiting player rankings.

Griesel committed to South Dakota last October and signed with the Coyotes the next month. He was recruited to South Dakota by former coach Craig Smith.

Smith left South Dakota on March 26 to be the coach at Utah State. Smith's assistant, Austin Hansen, was the lead recruiter for Griesel and is also headed to Utah State.​

"The No. 1 reason I committed there (South Dakota) was because of Coach Smith," Griesel said. ​"The fact that him and Coach Hansen are gone now is why I want to rethink my decision."

Griesel initially chose South Dakota over scholarship offers from UNO, North Dakota State and Drake. Those three along with South Dakota State, Northern Iowa and Utah State are schools expected to be in the mix for Griesel's services, who also noted that South Dakota is still an option.

Mike is a prep recruiting specialist for The World-Herald. Follow him on Twitter @MikeSautterOWH. Phone: 402-444-1335.

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