Jennifer Stewart-US PRESSWIRE
Tyrone Watson is set to return to play for New Mexico State, but the terms of playing might be complicated by the events of Friday. The senior Aggie was indicted on one count of felony battery.
Tyrone Watson is all set to take the court again for New Mexico State on Saturday. It just might get a little more complicated once the Aggies need to leave town.
Watson was indicted on one count of felony battery Friday for the alleged beating of another NMSU student in January. Watson has admitted to punching the victim once in the chin but has denied that any further altercation occurred.
He is due to be arraigned on March 18, after the WAC conference tournament will have concluded, and the day after New Mexico State will find out where they are playing in the NCAA Tournament, provided they win the WAC Tournament.
There is one sticking point in that Watson is under a release order not to leave the county. That makes playing at Denver on Saturday a little tricky. His lawyer is working with the District Attorney to ensure that he can make this trip and any other road games, according to the Las Cruces Sun. The senior was only cleared to play after serving a retroactive 30-day suspension from the team.
During his time off, the team went 6-1, with the only loss coming against Utah State. The Aggies will need him for the final three games, at Denver, and then home against conference leader Louisiana Tech and Texas Arlington. Before the suspension, Watson averaged 10.8 points and 5.0 rebounds per game for the Aggies while shooting 47.8 percent from the floor.