The Ohio State men’s basketball team has been struck by a couple of tragedies this week. As a result, it will be short two players who will be tending to family matters that take them away from the team.
JaQuan Lyle and Keita Bates-Diop will both be out for Saturday’s game against Maryland.
Lyle will be returning home to visit his sister who recently had her first child but is suffering from complications following the birth. Lyle’s sister is 19 years old and, according to coach That Matta “is not doing well at all.”
Lyle’s decision to fly home is understandable and his team will have him in their hearts as they play the Terrapins.
Bates-Diop has returned to visit his brother who collapsed while playing basketball. Bates-Diop’s brother, Kai, is only 16 and has suffered an apparent heart attack. His life was saved by a trainer who was at the scene and Kai was transported to Peoria, Illinois for further treatment.
Bates-Diop describes his brother as “alert and talking and all that stuff”, which is certainly good news.
Both situations appear to be very serious and Ohio State was able to get the players back to their respective hometowns on Thursday. Everyone will be wishing their families well.
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