Young striker Gavin Baxter sustained a knee injury in BYU’s end-of-season win against New Orleans on Thursday and will soon be undergoing surgery, BYU basketball coach Mark Pope said on Saturday night before the Cougars hosted the Utah Valley at the Marriott Center.
Pope told BYU Radio Network that either freshman Caleb Lohner or Purdue transfer Matt Haarms would replace Baxter on the grid.
The injury is another devastating blow to Baxter’s career. The Timpview High product suffered a shoulder injury just before the 2019-20 season and was sidelined for most of the season.
He played in just seven games before the COVID-19 pandemic abruptly ended the Cougars season in front of an expected berth in the NCAA tournament.
Baxter started in BYU’s first two games of the season and wins Westminster College in Salt Lake City and New Orleans.
Because he has played less than a third of the games this season and because the NCAA grants all athletes a free year of eligibility due to the pandemic, Baxter can return as a junior next year.
Other insider players on BYU’s roster include Kolby Lee, Richard Harward, Wyatt Lowell, and Gideon George.
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