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Prosecutors: OSU Basketball Star Will Plead Guilty in BB Gun Case

CLEVELAND (AP) - Ohio State basketball player David Lighty has agreed to plead guilty to a misdemeanor assault charge involving a jogger shot with a BB gun last year, the prosecutor said Tuesday.

Lighty, 18, of Cleveland, is due in Common Pleas Court Wednesday, Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Bill Mason said.

Two other former teammates of Lighty at Cleveland's Villa Angela-St. Joseph High School, Darryl Ruston, 19, of Euclid, and Jimmy McLeod, 19, of Cleveland, have agreed to plea guilty to misdemeanor disorderly conduct charges, Mason said.

James Nugent, 55, was not seriously hurt when he was hit in the back with BBs last June while jogging on the VASJ track. In Cleveland, BB and pellet guns are considered firearms and it is illegal to have them in public places.

Lighty is a 6-foot-5 guard-forward who started seven games last season as the Buckeyes set a school record for victories with a 35-4 record. He was at his best as a defensive specialist who hit some big shots during Ohio State's run to the national championship game, where it lost to defending champion Florida 84-75.

Lighty averaged 3.7 points a game. He was fifth on the team with 20 steals.

With the Buckeyes likely losing five of their top six players, Lighty is expected to compete for a starting position this fall.

Ohio State will withhold comment until the case is resolved, spokesman Dan Wallenberg said.

Messages seeking comment were left at addresses listed in court records for Lighty and Rushton. The address for McLeod has an unlisted phone number.

"We were goofing around with each other and this man said he got hit," Lighty told The Plain Dealer after his arrest last year.

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