Baylor senior big man Flo Thamba announced Monday morning that he will return for his fifth year with the Bears in 2022-23.
The 6-10 forward, originally from Kinshasa, Congo, is coming off of his best year to date, averaging 6.2 points and 5.6 rebounds per contest.
His best game of the 2021 season came against Kansas, ranked fifth at the time, when he dropped 18 points and nine rebounds en route to an 80-70 victory over the Jayhawks.
In his announcement, Thamba spoke about the journey that he has taken while at Baylor, from struggling to find the court early on in his career to being a national champion in 2021.
“I’m proud to have a Baylor degree,” Thamba writes, “but there is more work to be done. With the support of my coaches, I’m excited to return for a fifth season and continue working on my master’s degree. Let go get a third-straight Big 12 title and another national championship.”
One of the cooler moments of this year’s tournament was when Flo Thamba got to play in front of his parents for the first time in his collegiate career, helping Baylor defeat Norfolk State in the opening round with 14 points, six rebounds, one assist, one block, and two steals.
Thamba will give the Bears valuable experience down low, and the Bears are expected to bring back guard Adam Flagler, guard Dale Bonner, guard LJ Cryer, guard/forward Jordan Turner, and forward Zach Loveday. Plus, Jonathan Tchamwa Tchatchoua should return from his knee injury earlier this season, giving Baylor a strong squad yet again in 2022-23.