According to a report from CBS college basketball insider Jon Rothstein, Oklahoma Sooners head coach Lon Kruger paid a visit to Maine graduate transfer Aaron Calixte on Saturday. The 5’11” redshirt junior, who led Maine with 16.9 PPG in 2017-18, would be eligible to play immediately and have one year remaining.
Oklahoma's Lon Kruger did an in-home visit with Maine grad transfer Aaron Calixte on Saturday, per a source. Averaged 16.9 PPG last season.— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) March 18, 2018
Barring an unexpected development, Oklahoma will in all likelihood be losing the services of All-American freshman point Trae Young. That would leave the Sooners with junior-to-be Jordan Shepherd and incoming freshman combo guard Jamal Bieniemy to handle the point guard duties in 2018-19. Shepherd has shown flashes in his first two years in Norman, but it goes without saying that Kruger and his staff would feel more comfortable with someone else as the starter. Bieniemy, while certainly not short on potential, would also perhaps not be an ideal fit as the starting point guard this coming season (since there are questions as to whether he would truly be a fit at the position right off the bat). Based on the circumstances, Oklahoma’s interest in the graduate transfer market isn’t terribly surprising.
Now, it’s worth noting that Calixte played on a Maine Black Bears team that went 6-26 (!!!) in 2017-18. However, Calixte has been a solid performer throughout his time in Orono and has started in 89 of his 97 career games. After sitting out and receiving a medical redshirt in 2016-17, the Massachusetts native was a bright spot for a struggling team this past season, connecting on 38.6 percent of his three-point attempts and nearly 90 percent of his free-throw attempts. He isn’t necessarily a world-beater, but he’s a solid player who would tide OU over at the PG position until highly-touted 2019 PG De’Vion Harmon (presumably) arrives on campus before the 2019-20 season.
Oklahoma has also reportedly been in contact with Evansville guard Ryan Taylor, who was an All-Missouri Valley performer in 2018 while averaging over 21 PPG last season. Additionally, Oklahoma has been giving Hutchinson CC guard Devonte Bandoo a solid look.