Texas in mix for Utah Valley C Fardaws Aimaq transfer
As head coach Chris Beard once again scours the NCAA transfer portal for instant impact talent, an emerging target is former Utah Valley Wolverines center Fardaws Aimaq. according to ESPN’s Jeff Borzello.
Arizona, Arkansas, Gonzaga, Houston, Iowa, Kentucky, Texas Tech and Washington are the other schools being considered by the 6’11, 245-pound player who scored 18.9 points per game with 13, 6 rebounds last season. Aimaq shot 43.5% from the three-point line, so he’s a big one who is capable of stretching the field. With 185 free throw attempts last season, Aimaq was in the national top 50 for fouls fired every 40 minutes. The Canadian is also one of the best rebounders in the country, finishing 161st in offensive rebound rate and 3rd in defensive rebound rate. As a rim protector, Aimaq is adequate with a 4.0% lockup rate that ranks in the top 250 nationally.
A native of Vancouver, Aimaq spent a season at a prep school in Maine before landing at Mercer for a season, then transferring to the Utah Valley after the head coach was fired. As a redshirt sophomore, Aimaq broke out, leading Division 1 in 15.0 rebounds per game while averaging 13.9 points per game.
A redshirt senior, Aimaq could have two seasons of eligibility remaining if he chooses to use his COVID year.
Texas are looking for a big impact with Tre Mitchell leaving for personal reasons and Aimaq would certainly provide the kind of high presence at both ends of the court that Beard’s first team was sorely lacking with no player listed at 6’9. . But there will be plenty of competition for Aimaq, so Beard and his assistants will once again have to do a superior job of signing the Canadian.