Chris Jent returning to Ohio State as assistant

Longtime Ohio State basketball assistant coach Chris Jent is officially returning to the program to serve in the same role, according to a tweet from the basketball program.

We are pleased to welcome back Chris Jent to our coaching staff! #GoBucks

— Ohio State Hoops (@OhioStateHoops) April 21, 2016

Jent served as a Buckeyes assistant from 2011-2013 before taking a job with the Sacramento Kings, and he spent last season coaching the NBADL’s Bakersfield Jam. The New Jersey native also played for Ohio State from 1988-1992 before embarking on a career that took him everywhere from the NBA to Europe.

But Jent was beloved as an assistant at Ohio State and his potential return was celebrated by former Buckeye Mark Titus on Twitter just over a week ago. He will replace Jeff Boals, who departed to become the head coach at Stony Brook after Steve Pikiell left to become the head coach at Rutgers.

Needless to say, Jent’s experience speaks for itself and on a Buckeyes team that just lost some key players to transfer, he should provide some semblance of stability.

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