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Report: Lahat Thioune Pulls Name From Transfer Portal, Will Return To Utah Basketball

Utah Utes center Lahat Thioune. (Photo courtesy of Utah Athletics)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Utah center Lahat Thioune has reportedly pulled his name from the NCAA Transfer Portal and will return to the Runnin’ Utes.

Lahat Thioune put his name in the portal on March 15, one day before Larry Krystkowiak was fired as head coach of the Utah basketball program. Now that Craig Smith is over one week into his new job as head coach, Thioune decided to return to Utah.

247Sports basketball reporter Travis Branham reported that Thioune pulled his name out of the portal.

The Dakar, Senegal native spent two seasons at Utah. As a freshman, he played in 25 games with two starts in the 2019-20 season, averaged 1.8 points and 2.3 rebounds in 9 minutes per game. This past season, Thioune played in 20 games, posting an average of 1.4 points and 1.2 rebounds in 5.6 minutes per contest.

Thioune is the second Utah player to pull his name from the portal and return to the Runnin’ Utes, joining Riley Battin. Jordan Kellier, Timmy Allen and Alfonso Plummer currently remain in the portal.

Trevor Allen is a Utah Utes Insider for and host of the Crimson Corner podcast. Follow him on Twitter: @TrevorASportsYou can download and listen to the podcast, here.