Former BYU forward Caleb Lohner commits to Big 12 future — at Baylor

Brigham Young forward Caleb Lohner (33) shoots as Brigham Young Cougars plays Northern Iowa Panthers in a NIT game at the Marriott Center in Provo on Saturday, March 19, 2022. BYU won 90-71. (Mengshin Lin, Deseret News)

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PROVO — Caleb Lohner is headed home.

Lohner, who starred in a Dallas suburb before transferring to Wasatch Academy and matriculating to BYU, will continue his college career at Baylor, he announced Friday on social media.

The 6-foot-8 sophomore averaged 7.0 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game for the Cougars, including a career-high 20 points and four boards in a 93-72 win over Long Beach State to open the NIT.

Lohner entered the transfer portal Monday, announced his intent to transfer a day later, and was bound for Texas shortly thereafter. He becomes the first of four BYU players still in the transfer portal to commit to a new school.

“So excited & blessed to be joining the Baylor family,” Lohner wrote on Twitter in declaring his commitment.

Hunter Erickson, Nate Hansen and walk-on Jeremy DowDell remain in the portal for BYU. Senior wing Gideon George announced Thursday his intention to return to BYU, while maintaining his eligibility in the NBA draft. George has until June to formally remove his name from the draft.

The Bears are national champions from just two years ago — the first of two-straight reigning national champs from the Big 12 — and have built a power under 19th-year head coach Scott Drew.

Assuming Lohner plays at least two seasons at Baylor, he’ll also face his old team when the Cougars join the conference in 2023.

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Sean Walker graduated from Syracuse University and returned to his home state to work for KSL.com covering BYU, prep sports and anything else his editors assign him to do. When he’s not covering a game, he’s usually listening to Broadway soundtracks or hiking with his dog.

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