After playing just 11 games as a Red Raider, center Fardaws Aimaq is transferring to Cal, according to a report from Stadium’s Jeff Goodman.
The seven-foot big man spent two seasons at Utah Valley, earning the WAC Player of the Year (2021), WAC Defensive Player of the Year (2021, 2022), and All-Conference First Team (2021, 2022) while there.
Interestingly, Aimaq’s coach at Utah Valley was Mark Madsen, who just took the job at Cal, meaning the two will reunite after a year apart.
Aimaq was supposed to be a major part of Texas Tech’s game plan in 2022-23, but suffered a foot injury last September that kept him out until midseason. When he did return, Aimaq was clearly not 100% and eventually entered the portal last month, citing staff turnover and aggravation with how his injury situation was handled as reasons for leaving.
In his 11 games with Texas Tech, Fardaws averaged 11 points and eight rebounds per game, and will be a major addition for the Bears if he can get healthy again.
Losing Aimaq certainly hurts for the Red Raiders, but there is optimism in Lubbock with Grant McCasland at the helm.