Texas Tech basketball transfers who didn't live up to the hype

Though each of the players on this list were highly-anticipated transfers, none ended up becoming stars or living up to the hype surrounding their commitment to the Texas Tech basketball program.
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468. Tech. player. Fardaws Aimaq. 3. Fardaws Aimaq. . . . 2022-23

Big men with the skill set of Fardaws Aimaq are hard to come by. That's why when he committed to the Red Raiders from Utah Valley in 2022, it was an exciting addition for the program.

Coming off of a season that saw him put up 18.9 points and 13.6 rebounds per game, he was expected to be a dominant force for the Red Raiders and one of the better transfers the program had added. Unfortunately, fate had other ideas.

In preseason camp, Aimaq suffered a broken foot that threatened to cost him the entire season. Fortunately, he would return in late January to appear in 11 games making nine starts.

The problem was that Amiaq was only a shadow of what he was expected to be. Never fully 100% as a Red Raider and never in true game shape, he averaged 11.1 points and 7.9 points per game. Those numbers were fine but they weren't what Tech fans expected from him prior to his injury.

After the season, Aimaq would transfer to Cal and he would go on to have a strong 2023-24 season. Averaging a double-double this past season, he put up 14.5 points and 11.0 rebounds per game as he was fully healthy.

Tech didn't get to see that version of Aimaq, unfortunately. Instead, the version we saw was a hobbled player who never topped out his potential because of an injury that sidelined him before he ever stepped foot on the court in Lubbock in an actual game.