Marietta College hoops star arrested

The 19th-ranked Marietta College men’s basketball team has heavily relied on point guard Tyler Hammond the last four seasons.

Now it looks as though the Pioneers might have to cope without him for awhile, as the 21-year-old Cleveland native was arrested Saturday on Glendale Road for OVI and driving left of center, according to police reports.

Hammond was taken to the station where he refused to take a breath test. He was released to his girlfriend.

Marietta head coach Jon VanderWal elected not to comment on the situation when contacted by The Times Monday night.

It is the second off-the-court incident Hammond has been involved in this season. Earlier in the year, Hammond was suspended for four games for violating unspecified school policies. Despite Hammond’s absence, the Pios were able win all four contests.

Following a 98-77 win over Wilmington on Dec. 7, the second game Marietta played without Hammond, VanderWal had strong words for the All-OAC performer.

“I want to go on record to say that Tyler Hammond is a great, great young man, who is going to have a great year for us,” the seventh-year head coach said.

Hammond had recently returned to the team during its trip to Defiance on Dec. 29 for the Purple and Gold Tournament. Hammond scored 10 points in a 79-74 loss to Ohio Wesleyan and added 10 more in a 76-73 win over Albion.

The Pioneers are scheduled to visit Ohio Northern Wednesday. It is unknown whether Hammond will be suited up or not.

Entering this season Hammond had never missed a game at MC, playing in all 85 and starting 84 of the team’s games from 2010 to 2013. Marietta went 64-21 in those games and won two OAC championships, with Hammond playing an integral role each time.

Hammond is the only senior on Marietta’s roster this season. He has performed well when available, averaging over 10 points and six assists per game.

Junior Andy Dollman and freshman Keith Richardson would likely share point guard duties in the event that Hammond is unavailable.