In 66 career games at Ohio State, Lyle averaged 11.3 points, 4.4 assists and 4.0 rebounds. Lyle, who was a sophomore last season, said he was "100 percent" planning on coming back for the 2017-18 campaign after the Buckeyes' season-ending loss to Rutgers in the Big Ten tournament on March 8.
He posted the following tweet nearly a month after he quit the team.
With Lyle's departure, all five members of Ohio State's 2015 recruiting class have left the program. Center Daniel Giddens, guard A.J. Harris and forward Mickey Mitchell all left town shortly after the 2015-16 season ended, while guard Austin Grandstaff transferred to Oklahoma in the middle of the season. Giddens is now playing for Alabama, Harris redshirted last season at New Mexico State and Mitchell is now with Arizona State after a brief stop at UC Santa Barbara. Grandstaff has since transferred again, this time to DePaul.
Lyle also is the third player to leave the Buckeye program this offseason. Center Trevor Thompson, who would have been a fifth-year senior next season, declared for the NBA draft and signed with an agent, while fellow big man David Bell transferred to Jacksonville.
Kam Williams, who would be a fifth-year senior next year, also declared for the upcoming NBA draft but his future is still unclear. So long as Williams does not sign with an agent or accept money for travel to work out for NBA teams, he has until May 24 to withdraw from the NBA draft if he wishes to retain college basketball eligibility.
The 2017 NBA draft is June 22.