Junior forward Gavin Baxter suffered a knee injury in BYU’s win over New Orleans on Thursday and will undergo surgery soon, BYU basketball coach Mark Pope said Saturday night. Said Saturday night before hosting.
The pope told the BYU radio network that the new Caleb Lohner or Purdue transfer would replace Matt Harms Baxter in the starting lineup.
The injury comes as another devastating blow to Baxter’s career. The TimpView High Product suffered a shoulder injury just before the 2019-20 season and was ruled out for most of the season.
He played in just seven games before the Coyote-19 epidemic and abruptly ended the Quares season before an expected berth in the NCAA Tournament.
Baxter made his BYU debut in the first two games of the season, winning at Westminster College in Salt Lake City and New Orleans.
Because he has played less than a third of the games this season, and the NCAA is giving all student-athletes a free year of qualification due to the epidemic, Baxter could return as a junior next year.
Other players on the BYU roster include Colby Lee, Richard Harvard, White Lowell and Gideon George.
Baxter was 14 minutes, 6.5 points and 4.0 games per game by two games.