Ohio State is getting a beloved basketball assistant back in the form of Chris Jent, according to tweets from former Buckeyes walk-on Mark Titus.
Jent’s return fills the void left by the departure of Jeff Boals, who is leaving Columbus to take over as the head coach at Stony Brook. Jent himself is a former Buckeye who played shooting guard from 1988-1992, and he served as an assistant under coach Thad Matta from 2011-2013.
It was then that Chris Jent opted to try his luck at the NBA level, spending a season as an assistant with the Sacramento Kings and this season as the head coach of the Bakersfield Jam of the NBA Development League.
Based on Titus’ tweets alone, it’s clear that the man is beloved amongst the players and given how the Buckeyes are losing three players to transfers after going 21-14 (11-7 Big Ten) and only making the NIT in 2016, perhaps adding a familiar face is what’s necessary to help bring the program back into contention.
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