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According to a report in the Connecticut Post, power forward Alex Oriakhi has decided to transfer from UConn. With the Huskies banned from being able to compete in the 2013 NCAA Tournament due to poor academic standing and Jim Calhoun‘s coaching future in question, Oriakhi could be the first domino to fall in an exodus of UConn players from the program.
I figured Oriakhi might enter the 2012 NBA Draft this off-season but an extremely disappointing and inconsistent junior season really hurt his stock. Transferring makes sense for Oriakhi because if the tourney ban remains, there is a stipulation by the NCAA that Husky players will be able to leave UConn and become immediately eligible to compete for another school in the 2012-13 season rather than have to sit out a season under regular NCAA transfer rules. So ultimately, Oriakhi would become a “free agent” of sorts.
With that provision in place, it might open the door for other UConn players to bolt from the suddenly troubled pro...
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Alex Oriakhi has decided to leave the UConn Huskies men's basketball program. The news was broken earlier on Wednesday by Kevin Duffy of the CT Post.
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UConn's Alex Oriakhi transferring [CT Post]
UConn's Alex Oriakhi requests transfer from Huskies...
UConn junior Alex Oriakhi will pursue a transfer for his senior season in order to compete for another national title, the Connecticut Post reported Thursday.
Oriakhi's desire to move between Division I schools would normally force him to sit out a year.
But UConn's barring from the 2013 NCAA tournament because of a subpar academic progress rating makes him eligible to...
UConn Huskies starting power forward Alex Oriakhi will not be returning next season. The Tilton, NH native and former McDonald's All-American will play his senior season somewhere else according to his father, who told a newspaper group that Alex will transfer because UConn will most likely be banned from next year's NCAA tournament.
UConn has been penalized...
Alex Oriakhi will spend his senior season with a team that has a chance to play in the NCAA tournament. The 6-foot-9, 240-pound Oriakhi will transfer from Connecticut, his father, Alex Sr., told the Hearst Connecticut Media Group. “Alex will transfer because of the NCAA tournament next year,” his father told the newspaper group. UConn is appealing an NCAA decision that will...
Connecticut may not find out before this summer whether the NCAA will adopt academic rules changes that would allow the Huskies men's basketball team to qualify for the 2013 NCAA tournament.
Under rules approved in October, the defending national champions would be academically ineligible in 2013, because the NCAA plans to use data from the 2009-10, and 2010-11 school years...
Alex Oriakhi is one of those players who seems like he’s been a college athlete for a decade. He still has one more remaining in school. Despite playing three years at Connecticut, their sanctions are enough to force the forward to transfer. Source: ESPN
STORRS – Connecticut junior Alex Oriakhi reportedly has requested his release in order to transfer to another school.
Connecticut will not be eligible for the 2013 postseason.
Jeremy Lamb, Andre Drummond, and any other Connecticut players considering the possibility of entering the 2012 NBA Draft, do not have an abundance of time to make that decision.
Of every team in college basketball during the 2012 season, you could make the case the UConn Huskies were the most underachieving. The defending National Champions never seemed comfortable in their own skin, and battled problems both on and off the court all season, in finishing the season with a disappointing 20-14 record.
One person who was courtside for every single game to...
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