PROVO, Utah (ABC4 Sports) – The BYU basketball team has already lost a key assistant coach in Chris Burgess, and now the Cougars are losing a key contributors from last year’s team.
Caleb Lohner has entered the NCAA transfer portal.
Lohner made the announcement on Twitter Tuesday morning.
“After deep introspection and extensive consultation with my coaches, family and advisors, I have decided to leave BYU and entered the NCAA Transfer Portal,” Lohner wrote. “This has been a very difficult decision for me, but I believe it is the right time for me at this time. I have loved BYU, will always be a a Cougars, and will remember my time here fondly.”
Lohner, a highly touted recruit out of Wasatch Academy, struggled to live up to big expectations in two years with the Cougars. This past season, Lohner averaged 7.0 points and 6.4 rebounds. He shot 42.2 percent from the field, and just 21.3 percent from three-point range.
Following the 2020-21 season, Lohner made the All-WCC Freshman Team after averaging 7.0 points and 7.1 rebounds per contest.
Lohner originally signed with Utah coming out of high school, but changed his mind and enrolled at BYU. There is speculation that Lohner could follow Burgess back to Utah.
“While I don’t know exactly what the future will hold, I am excited and optimistic and look forward to figuring out what is next,” Lohner wrote.
Meanwhile, Gideon George, who announced he was testing the waters of the NBA Draft, will return to BYU if he takes his name out of the draft.
George averaged a career-high 8.8 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 22.2 minutes per game. He started 18 of 33 games for the Cougars.
George came on strong at the end of the season in BYU’s run in the NIT, scoring 16 points against Long Beach State, and a career-high 27 against Northern Iowa.