BYU basketball received some huge news as Wasatch Academy (UT) and Texas native Caleb Lohner officially signed with BYU Friday afternoon. We reported earlier in the month that Utah signing Lohner’s NLI release was imminent, although that didn’t happen officially until 6/15 and then his official commitment and signing today.
Insanely excited to announce that I will be playing for BYU!! So excited and blessed to be in the position Im in today. Ready to get to work!— Caleb Lohner (@C_Lohner11) June 27, 2020
I am grateful to Mark Harlan and Coach Krystkowiak for their willingness to grant my release. I have a lot of respect for both of them. pic.twitter.com/04Ude6swgU
Lohner was rated a 4-star recruit by ESPN and 3-star by 247 Sports. He also had scholarship offers from Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Baylor, TCU, Kansas State, among others. He was recruited by BYU during high school before he ultimately chose the Utes the first time around.
Lohner is anywhere between 6-foot-6 and 6-foot-9, depending on who you ask. One well connected source within BYU said he is 6-foot-9 with shoes. He is a versatile wing who brings size, length, shooting and athleticism to BYU’s perimeter. He averaged 14.8 ppg and 6 rpg while shooting 61% from the floor and 36% from three on a loaded Wasatch team. His father, Matt Lohner, was a BYU guard from 1994-1996.
Expect Lohner to make an immediate impact next season. BYU has good size down low, but lack length on the perimeter. Lohner will have a lot of competition for playing time, but he has the talent to make an immediate impact as a true freshman. His main spot for next season appears to be at the three where he can compete for major minutes. He could also play the 4 in lineups, but that doesn’t appear to be a huge need for next season with BYU’s size at that spot.
Beyond 2020-2021, he has the potential to a player around whom BYU can build. Lohner already has a college body and the skill be an All-Conference player during his time at BYU.
With Lohner officially in the fold, BYU’s 2020-2021 roster appears to be set and should be one of the deepest BYU teams in years.
You can watch highlights from Lohner below.