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Baylor Bears men’s basketball 2023-24 offseason roster tracker

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The Baylor Bears are working on assembling their 2023-24 men’s basketball roster and we’ll track every move here throughout the offseason.

Departures

G Dale Bonner: The second-year Baylor guard announced his commitment to transfer to Ohio State on April 20. The former Division II star at Fairmont State and had been with Baylor for two seasons. He averaged 4.7 points and had nearly 80 assists last season.

 

G LJ Cryer: The third-year Baylor guard announced his transfer to new Big 12 rival Houston on April 9. Cryer has a ring from the 2021 national championship run. Cryer averaged 15.0 points, 2.1 rebounds and 2.0 assists last season and had career averages of 11.3 points, 1.6 assists and 1.5 rebounds per game.

G Adam Flagler: Flagler declared for the NBA Draft on April 17. The Duluth, Ga., native averaged 15.6 points, 4.6 assists and 2.4 rebounds per game in his final season at Baylor, which included a 2021 national title ring. Flagler averaged 13.0 points, 3.1 assists and 2.3 rebounds for his career. He was out of eligibility.

G Keyonte George: The five-star freshman recruit declared for the NBA Draft on March 28. He is considered a potential NBA lottery draft pick (first 14 selections). Unlike other Bears, he did not leave open the option to return. George was the Big 12 Freshman of the Year, he averaged 15.3 points, 4.2 rebounds and 2.8 assists.

C Zach Loveday: Loveday has transferred to Samford. He appeared in 13 games for the Bears last season.

F Flo Thamba: The winningest player in Baylor history is out of eligibility. He averaged 5.0 points and 4.6 rebounds in his final season.

G Jordan Turner: He appeared in seven games last season. He opted to transfer after the season and has committed to Louisiana Tech.

Arrivals Via Transfer

G Jayden Nunn: The former VCU guard announced his intention to transfer to Baylor. With the Rams he averaged 9.3 points last season. He was also a 40 percent 3-point shooter.

 

G RayJ Dennis: He committed to joining the Bears in June. The junior, at the time, was one of the best options in the transfer portal after an incredible season at Toledo. He was the Mid-American Conference Player of the Year after he finished second in the MAC with 19.5 points per game. He also led the MAC in assists per game (5.8) and assist-to-turnover ratio (3.0). He also had 1.5 steals per game.

In the NBA Draft, but …

F Jalen Bridges: The junior forward declared for the NBA Draft but is retaining his college eligibility and can return to the Bears as long as he pulls his name out of the draft by June 12. He averaged career highs of 10.3 points and 5.6 rebounds in his first year after transferring from West Virginia.

Expected to Return

G Jake Younkin: The walk-on guard joined the program last season.

G Dantwan Grimes: He did not play in 2022-23 after playing two seasons at Kilgore (TX) College. At Kilgore in 2021-22 he was a Second-Team NJCAA All American after averaging 14.1 points and 3.2 assists per game. He used his redshirt and has two seasons of eligibility remaining.

G Langston Love: Love, a former five-star recruit, averaged 6.3 points after missing the 2021-22 season with a knee injury. Love used his redshirt during his first season and has three years of eligibility remaining. He figures to be in the mix for a starting job in 2023-24.

F Josh Ojianwuna: He played as a true freshman in 2022-23 and averaged 4.2 points and 3.5 rebounds per game as a back-up to Thamba. He has three seasons of eligibility remaining.

F Austin Sacks: The walk-on played in one game last season.

 

F Jonathan Tchamwa Tchatchoua: He returned during Big 12 play after a devastating leg injury to average 5.1 points and 4.8 rebounds in 12 games. He announced during the season that will attend graduate school and will trigger his COVID season of eligibility for 2023-24.

F Caleb Lohner: The BYU transfer averaged 3.2 points and 3.5 rebounds off the bench for the Bears. He has one year of eligibility remaining.

Class of 2023 Recruits

G Ja’Kobe Walter, Link Academy (Branson, Mo.): Walter signed in the early period in November. He was named a McDonald’s All-American and is considered a five-star recruit. Walter is the Nation’s No. 19 recruit per 247Sports.com.

G Miro Little, Sunrise Christian, (Wichita, Kan.): Little is a four-star recruit but is ranked No. 30 overall by 247Sports.com. The Bears stole him out of the backyard of both Kansas and Kansas State.

C Yves Missi, Prolific Prep (Calif.): Missi decided to reclassify for 2023 and signed with Baylor on May 3. The 6-foot-10 center was the No. 2 prospect in California per ESPN. The Cameroon native’s brother, Steve Moundou-Missi, played at Harvard and was a three-time All-Ivy League selection.

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