Aaron Calixte is one of the top graduate transfers on the market. The outgoing Maine guard is reportedly down to five potential transfer destinations.
Calixte is a 5-foot-11 senior out of Massachusetts. He played four seasons for the Black Bears, but was limited to just five games in 2016-17.
As a result, he is eligible to play right away next year for a new program. According to ESPN’s Jeff Goodman, he has cut his list to DePaul, Florida State, Grand Canyon, Missouri, and Oklahoma.
Jeff Goodman announced the Aaron Calixte transfer news via Twitter. Calixte retweeted the report:
Maine grad transfer Aaron Calixte (16.9 ppg) told ESPN he has cut his list to Oklahoma, Grand Canyon, DePaul, Florida State and Missouri. Will visit Grand Canyon this weekend and Oklahoma next weekend.
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) April 4, 2018
Calixte is coming off of his strongest statistical season in 2017-18. He averaged 16.9 points, 3.2 assists, and 3.1 rebounds per game for Maine.
It was his second season of double-digit points per game. As a sophomore, Calixte averaged 10.8 per game.
In both of those seasons, he shot better than 38-percent from three-point range. He knocked down 61-of-158 attempts from deep this season.
As a team, Maine had a very rough season. The Black Bears were just 6-26, finishing second-to-last in the American East with a 3-13 conference mark.
Calixte was a rare bright spot for the team. He scored in the double-digits in all but two games, with a season high of 25 points against Albany on February 24.
He will almost definitely be with a much stronger program in 2018. The three Power Five schools—Florida State, Missouri, and Oklahoma—all made the NCAA Tournament, with the Seminoles unexpectedly running to the Elite Eight. Grand Canyon has been a strong mid-major for a few seasons now. DePaul is the odd team out, with the Blue Demons’ last .500 season coming in 2006-07. No matter which school he chooses, Aaron Calixte will be on a much bigger stage than what Maine afforded him.