Hakeem Baxter talks transfer, why he’s considering UNT

Hakeem Baxter (Maryland Eastern Shore)

Hakeem Baxter doesn’t know a whole lot about some of the schools that have been recruiting him since he elected to transfer after his freshman season at Maryland Eastern Shore.

The 6-foot-2 guard just knows a little more about UNT than he otherwise might because of a connection that could end up paying dividends for the Mean Green in the long run.

Baxter is a former high school teammate of UNT signee Carrington Ward. The pair played together at Philadelphia Electronic & Technology.

“I haven’t taken a visit to North Texas, so I don’t know much about it, but I did play with Carrington Ward in high school,” Baxter said. “We have talked about it. We were a good fit together. I could see myself playing with him again.”

Baxter became a player in high demand after he decided to leave UMES when the school elected not to renew the contract of head coach Frankie Allen.

Baxter started every game of his freshman year and averaged 14.5 points and 3.8 rebounds a game while earning All-MEAC Rookie Team honors.

“I am open right now, trying to get to the best fit,” Baxter said. “I want to fit into the system and play with a fast-paced team.”

UAB, Southern Miss, Colorado State and Niagara are among the other teams in the running to land Baxter as a transfer.

UNT called the day after Baxter received his release about three weeks ago.

“I am not sure when I will make a decision,” Baxter said. “I want to talk it over with my grandma.”

Distance will not be a factor for Baxter, who knows exactly what he is looking for in what will be the second stop in his college career.

“The fit is what matters to me,” Baxter said.

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