ORONO – Maine men’s basketball guard Aaron Calixte has confirmed to ABC 7 and FOX 22 that he is transferring from the program. The news was initially reported by ESPN’s Jeff Goodman.
It has been quite the day for Maine men’s basketball. First the University of Maine announced that head coach Bob Walsh opted to not sign a new contract with the team.
Only a short time after that announcement the school announced that former women’s basketball head coach Richard Barron signed a 5-year contract to become the new men’s head coach.
Calixte led the Black Bears in most offensive categories last season averaging 17 points per game and shooting just under 50 percent from the field.
The junior said he discussed transferring with Walsh prior to the latters departure from UMaine.
“I mean we kind of agreed on whatever happened with him that the best decision for me would be to transfer. I mean with it being my last year, I just want to play at a high level and have an impact right away,” Calixte said.
Despite the tough times in Orono, Calixte and Walsh remained close. Calixte spoke highly of Walsh and credited him for molding him into the player and person he is today.
“He’s meant everything to me…he was the only coach to tell me that I wouldn’t be guaranteed anything when I came to campus and I have to work for my spot every single year,” Calixte said.
Calixte said he would like to go to a high mid major school and that he had not be in contact with any schools at this point.
UMaine said it had no comment at this time.