One of the nation’s top college basketball players in the NCAA transfer portal has reportedly narrowed down his options.
Utah Valley center Fardaws Aimaq, who entered the transfer portal last month, has narrowed his college transfer options to five schools, according to ESPN’s Jonathan Givony.
Those schools include Gonzaga, Iowa, Washington, Texas and Texas Tech, while Givony added that Aimaq is also testing the NBA draft waters.
Fardaws Aimaq, the top center available in the NCAA transfer portal, tells ESPN he's narrowed his college options to five:— Jonathan Givony (@DraftExpress) April 14, 2022
Testing the NBA draft waters as well. pic.twitter.com/wupG8CtwfU
Aimaq quote-tweeted Ginovy’s report, almost as if to confirm it, using three jet plane emojis.
The 6-foot-11, 245-pound Aimaq — who hails from Vancouver, British Columbia — won Western Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year honors the past two seasons, was the WAC Player of the Year in 2021 and is a two-time first-team All-WAC performer.
This past season as a redshirt sophomore, Aimaq averaged 19 points and 14 rebounds per game. He led the country in defensive rebounds per game (10.59) and was second nationally in total rebounds and double-doubles (27).
This came after he led the nation in rebounding as a redshirt freshman for the Wolverines in the 2021-22 season. That season, he became the first player in 40 years to average 15 or more rebounds per game.
Stadium’s Jeff Goodman lists Aimaq as the No. 9 player in the transfer portal for 2022-23.
In assessing Aimaq, an anonymous scout told Goodman, “Great footwork and patience around the basket. Does a great job of reading the ball off the rim. Has to work on passing and seeing cutters.”