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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 switch and play without delay.
Oriakhi, who helped the Huskies to national glory in 2011, informed coaching staff and recently-appointed athletic director Warde Manuel of his decision to seek new pastures Wednesday afternoon, his father, Alex Oriakhi Sr., confirmed.
"Alex will transfer because of the NCAA tournament next year," Oriakhi Sr. told Hearst Connecticut Media Group.
His departure could begin an exodus from Storrs if the team remains ineligible for the postseason, with players either going pro or relocating to compete for national honors.
UConn has appealed the NCAA ruling and also could be handed a reprieve if the NCAA alters its timetable for APR data collection to a more recent sample.
Oriakhi Sr. said his son would seek a transfer irrespective of whether UConn's ban was lifted. He also confirmed that the 6-foot-9, 240-pound forward was not concerned with the 2012 NBA Draft.
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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...
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.
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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...
STORRS – Connecticut junior Alex Oriakhi reportedly has requested his release in order to transfer to another school.
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...
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.
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