College basketball transfer Fardaws Aimaq from Utah Valley State has trimmed his list of possible suitors to Kentucky, Arkansas, Gonzaga, Texas Tech, Washington, Houston, Iowa, Arizona and Texas, according to Jeff Borzello. The transfer portal is heating up since the end of the NCAA Tournament with several high-profile players recently deciding to look elsewhere ahead of the 2022-23 campaign.
Aimaq – a 6-foot-11, 245-pound center – averaged 18.9 points and 13.6 rebounds this past season and is two-time, first-team All-WAC selection and two-time WAC Defensive Player of the Year at his position in the low post.
Washington is the only team among Aimaq’s group that failed to reach the NCAA Tournament this past season.
“So far I’d say Maryland, Texas Tech, Gonzaga, Kentucky, Arkansas, and Houston have been prioritizing me the most,” Aimaq told 247Sports’ Inside the Red Raiders March 28. “Those coaching staffs are calling me daily, often multiples times a day.”
Ranked No. 1 overall in the 247Sports way-too-early top 25 for next season, the Razorbacks are expected to have three five-stars – according to the 247Sports Composite rankings – in their starting lineup along with a pair of potential All-SEC players.Anthony Black, Nick Smith and Jordan Walsh are on the way in for a team that nearly reached the Final Four this season.
Musselman explained to HawgSports.com last season how there is a “science” behind the transfer portal, which is why Arkansas has had so much success with transfers.
“The evaluation part is really the most important part, especially with this many guys,” Musselman said. “You’ve got to clearly identify what your team needs and clearly identify what a player can do. Then we have statistical formulas that we’ve created – not any outside company – we’ve created internally from the last six years that we continue to build on, where we plug a player from one conference in and how do we project them as an SEC player.
“We had that down really well in the Mountain West and now we feel, after the last couple years, that the same formula can help us moving forward in the SEC. Film work, phone work, Zooms and then that kind of weeds itself out Some players might not be confident in their ability and this might not be the place for them.There there are other players that are competitors and want to be here and want to try to play at a high level.There’s a lot of different factors that go into the transfer portal, for sure. “
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Kentucky, Texas Tech and others are in on Aimaq, who will fill a need in the post as a plug-and-play starter for all potential suitors.