Maybe there's some unknown policy that mandates that former Buckeye point guards must eventually play in the state of New Mexico. For a second straight year, a member of the 2015 Ohio State basketball recruiting class is heading to the "Land of Enchantment."
JaQuan Lyle, who quit the Buckeyes last spring, will play basketball for the University of New Mexico Lobos.
BREAKING-— The LoboLair (@TheLoboLair) August 4, 2017
Ohio St transfer JaQuan Lyle has committed to New Mexico. Big time pickup for New Mexico. Eligible to play in 2018. #GoLobos
New beginnings..#Blessed 🙏🏾— JaQuan Lyle (@JMamba13) August 4, 2017
A year ago, Lyle's teammate and fellow point guard A.J. Harris left the Buckeye program and wound up at New Mexico State. Harris sat out this year but is eligible this coming season. Lyle will have to wait a year as well, before becoming eligible in 2018-19.
Just this week, at an event for Ohio State season ticket holder, new Buckeye coach Chris Holtmann was asked by a fan, who had heard rumors that Lyle wanted to return to OSU, if he would take Lyle.
"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 and I wasn't and that's our current decision."
Lyle's departure means all five of Thad Matta's top ten ranked recruiting class of 2015, are playing elsewhere.