Just three days after new Ohio State basketball coach Chris Holtmann said he didn't expect former point guard JaQuan Lyle to return to the team following his departure in April, TheLoboLair.com has reported that Lyle has committed to play at New Mexico.
Ohio St transfer JaQuan Lyle has committed to New Mexico. Big time pickup for New Mexico. Eligible to play in 2018. #GoLobos
— The LoboLair (@TheLoboLair) August 4, 2017
“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.”
Shortly after Lyle was cited for three misdemeanor charges in May in his hometown of Evansville, Indiana, it was revealed he left the Ohio State basketball program April 11.
Lyle averaged 11.4 points, 4.6 assists and 3.2 rebounds per game last season as a sophomore for the Buckeyes. He made 23 starts and averaged 29.3 minutes per game.
Lyle was one member of Ohio State's five-man 2015 recruiting class which ranked fifth nationally — zero members of that class remain. Over his two-year career, Lyle averaged 11.3 points, 4.4 assists and 4.0 rebounds per game.