Eyeball emojis aren’t just for Oklahoma football anymore. Lon Kruger and the Oklahoma basketball team landed one of their top priorities on Tuesday, as Maine graduate transfer Aaron Calixte will join the Sooners.
First off I would like to thank god for putting me in the position I am in today. Without him none of it would be possible. With that being said, I am excited to announce my commitment to Coach Lon Kruger & his staff at the University of Oklahoma!!😈🏀#BoomerSooner pic.twitter.com/gycheJOEVR
— Aaron Calixte (@A_Calixte23) April 17, 2018
Calixte fills one of Oklahoma’s biggest needs, as it has been searching for a new point guard after the departure of Trae Young. Calixte led the Black Bears in scoring and assists last season, averaging 16.1 points and 3.2 assists per game while shooting 38.6 percent from 3-point range and 89.9 percent from the line.
One of the lone bright spots of a Maine team that went 6-26 this past season, Calixte announced his intent to transfer in early March, telling the Bangor Daily News that he wanted to go to a team that could play in the NCAA Tournament.
Calixte named Oklahoma as one of his top five two weeks ago, joining Grand Canyon, DePaul, Florida State and Missouri. Now, after taking a visit to Norman last weekend, Calixte is officially making himself a Sooner.
With Young leaving, the 5-foot-11, 187-pound Calixte figures to be one of the Sooners’ top offensive weapons. Oklahoma desperately needed guards with Young gone, Kameron McGusty transferring to Miami and Jordan Shepherd additionally leaving the program.
Calixte is the second grad transfer guard to commit to Oklahoma this month: former Pacific star Miles Reynolds announced his intent to become a Sooner on April 7.