JaQuan Lyle couldn’t hide his excitement when talking about Lobo basketball. The 6-foot 3-inch transfer from Ohio State was finally going to get to play after sitting out a year and show Lobo fans his skills at guard. Lyle was even more excited looking at the talent around him and believed a good season was on the way.
“It’s like I just want to be able to win a conference championship, make the NCAA tournament, said Lyle. “I think those are the two biggest things.”
A ruptured Achilles tendon will keep him from doing both this season. Teammates feel bad that an injury has taken Lyle out before the season even started.
“I know how much work we put in together,” said UCONN transfer and guard/forward Vance Jackson. “For that to happen, it hurt me because you know we are like brothers.”
Jackson and Lyle sat out together last season after transferring to New Mexico.
What will Lyle’s absence mean on the court for the Lobos?
“You know offensively he is a tremendous player,” said Lobos’ head coach Paul Weir. “He was probably our best passer, had a great basketball IQ. So I think offensively we’ll be a little bit of a different team than we anticipated.”
The Lobos will start the regular season on the road at Cal State Northridge November 6.