COLUMBUS – If JaQuan Lyle sought to return to the Ohio State basketball team, would he be welcomed back?
One bold Buckeyes fan asked that question during "An Evening with Chris Holtmann," a season-ticket holder event with Ohio State's new men's basketball coach at Value City Arena on Tuesday night.
Lyle, who scored 11.4 points per game and led the Buckeyes with 4.6 assists per game last season, left the Ohio State basketball team in April and was cited on misdemeanor charges of public intoxication, criminal mischief to a vehicle and disorderly conduct in his hometown of Evansville, Indiana in May. It has been rumored that Lyle would like to rejoin the Buckeyes for the 2017-18 season.
Holtmann said Tuesday, however, that he does not expect Lyle to return after consulting with his players on that possibility.
“That’s not something that we have seriously considered at this point,” Holtmann said. “We’ve also involved our entire team in some of those decisions that we make. Obviously they were here (last season) and I wasn’t, but that’s our current decision.”