Baylor guard LJ Cryer announced on Friday that he’s undergone surgery for his various injuries and will return to the Bears for the 2022-23 season.
Cryer, who was Baylor’s leading 3-point shooter by percentage, missed the final month of the regular season, the Big 12 Tournament and Baylor’s two-game run in the NCAA Tournament.
Cryer made the announcement via social media.
This season was really difficult after getting off to a good start and then missing so many games while injured. I learned a lot watching my teammates and tried to support them in every way possible. The good news is I recently had surgery to repair stress fractures in both feet, and I expect to be back in plenty of time next season. I’m looking forward to getting ack on the court and soon as possible and appreciate everyone’s support throughout this process.
Cryer, a sophomore, made an impact on the Bears before the injury. Cryer averaged 13.5 points in 19 games and shot 46.8 percent from the 3-point line. Cryer didn’t play enough games to remain among the Big 12’s leaders, but had he his 3-point percentage would have been best in the Big 12.
Adam Flagler finished just ahead of Cryer, averaging 13.8 points, while James Akinjo tied Cryer with 13.5 points.
Cryer’s return is welcome news, as Baylor is already dealing with change. Associate head coach Jerome Tang took the Kansas State job earlier this week. Two freshmen — Kendall Brown and Jeremy Sochan — may declare for the NBA Draft. And three players — Akinjo, Matthew Mayer and Flo Thamba — have potential COVID eligibility years to trigger.
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