On Friday, one of the nation’s best big men, Fardaws Aimaq, committed to Mark Adams and Texas Tech. The Utah Valley State transfer and former Mercer Bear chose the Red Raiders over Washington and rival Texas.
The Vancouver, B.C. native dominated in the Western Athletic Conference, averaging 18.9 points and 13.6 rebounds per game. Aimaq ranked second in the country in rebounds per game behind National Player of the Year Oscar Tshiebwe and third in double-doubles with 27.
The future Red Raider repeated as the WAC Defensive Player of the Year and as a First Team All-WAC selection, leading the Wolverines to a 20-win season.
In 2021, Aimaq began his rise to stardom in the mid-major ranks, earning WAC Player of the Year and leading the nation in rebounds.
Aimaq joins D’Maurian Williams (Gardner-Webb) and De’Vion Harmon (Oregon) as Texas Tech’s portal pledges. As Mark Adams looks to replace a trio of seniors and transfers Terrence Shannon and Kevin McCullar Jr., Aimaq provides stability in the Red Raider frontcourt.
With a defensive identity, Aimaq will supply elite rim protection and a presence in the paint, while contributing to the Texas Tech offense.
Although he is going through the NBA Draft process, Aimaq will have two years of eligibility remaining should he return to the collegiate ranks.