While the Oklahoma football program was busy hosting 18 official visitors over the weekend, the basketball program also had an important weekend on the recruiting front as it was hosting Maine graduate transfer point guard Aaron Calixte. On Tuesday, Lon Kruger came out on top, edging out finalists Missouri, Florida State, DePaul and Grand Canyon. The decision was first reported by Jon Alba of Fox Maine.
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 averaged 16.9 PPG while also averaging 3.1 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 3.8 turnovers per game as a junior in 2017-18. While his assist/turnover ratio obviously seems problematic, some of that can be attributed to the supporting cast on a 6-26 Maine squad. He isn’t necessarily a world beater, but he was one of the best grad grad transfers on the market at a position of serious need for Oklahoma.
Calixte also shot 89.9 percent from the foul line and 38.6 percent from three-point range last season.
The Stoughton, Mass. product is Oklahoma’s fourth addition to the program’s, joining 2018 combo guard Jamal Bieniemy, Pacific grad transfer guard Miles Reynolds and JUCO rim protector Kur Kuath. Since the end of the 2017-18 season, Oklahoma has lost Trae Young to the NBA, Khadeem Lattin to graduation, and the pair of Kameron McGusty and Jordan Shepherd to transfer.
One thing that OU fans can take away from this is that OU appears to be getting a high-character individual who is respected by those who surround him. Not to disrespect any individuals who have been with this program over the past two seasons, but after all of the reported infighting this past season, adding someone of this nature can definitely be seen as a positive.