The Baylor Bears will be without forward Jonathan Tchamwa Tchatchoua for the remainder of the 2022 season after he suffered a gruesome leg injury on Saturday against Texas.
Tchamwa Tchatchoua had an MRI on his leg on Sunday and will now undergo season-ending surgery to repair multiple damaged ligaments.
Tchamwa Tchatchoua’s injury came in the first half as he was running the floor after a loose ball. He came down wrong on his left leg and his knee buckled under the weight. He spent several minutes on the floor in pain and then had to be helped off the floor. He wasn’t able to put any weight on the leg immediately after the injury. He was ruled out indefinitely shortly after the injury.
Baylor head coach Scott Drew described it on Saturday as “one of those plays that you don’t want to look at.”
The 6-foot-8 forward was in the midst of his best season with the Bears. Known as ‘Everyday Jon,’ Tchamwa Tchatchoua has come off the bench the past two seasons in a tandem with starting forward Flo Thamba. He won a national championship ring with the Bears last season. The redshirt junior is averaging 8.4 points and a team-best 6.4 rebounds per game.
Without him on Saturday, the Bears played Thamba for 30 minutes — he normally plays about 17 minutes per game — and he put up his first double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds, while adding four blocks.
Baylor doesn’t have much additional depth in its frontcourt, but the Bears are hopeful that guard LJ Cryer can play on Wednesday against Texas Tech. Cryer, the Bears’ leading 3-point shooter and leading scorer, has missed the last five games due to a foot injury. He has been a game-time decision in the past two games, and Drew has said Cryer’s return is more about pain tolerance than the actual injury.
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