The first domino has fallen in wake of the news that Texas Tech head coach Mark Adams is stepping down. Center Fardaws Aimaq intends to enter the transfer portal, according to multiple sources.
On3 was the first to report the news, with a graphic.
“Thank you Texas Tech for everything,” Aimaq started in a statement. “With the injury and missing 80% of the season, coming back was my goal and not being fully healthy all season was disappointing. Now with the coaching change and issues off the court with the staff, I will be entering the transfer portal.”
Aimaq, as he said, dealt with an ailment most of the season. However, he played in 10 games and averaged 11.8 points and 8.3 rebounds to go along with 1.7 assists. He shot it 44.1% from the field.
That’s after he was one of the most sought-after players in the transfer portal a year ago. He averaged 18.9 points and 13.6 rebounds per contest during a previous stint at Utah Valley during the 2021-22 campaign.
As for Adams, he stepped down shortly after the Red Raiders were eliminated from the Big 12 Tournament in Kansas City with a 78-62 setback to the West Virginia Mountaineers. This came after he was suspended on Sunday for what the university called an “inappropriate, unacceptable, racially insensitive’ comment to a player prior to Saturday’s game with Oklahoma State in Lubbock.
The Red Raiders finished the 2022-23 season with a 16-16 record and 5-13 mark in Big 12 play. Adams compiled a 43-25 record over his two seasons at the helm.