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 prevent it from playing in the 2013 NCAA tournament because of a subpar academic progress rating. Players transferring between Division I schools normally must sit out a season, but if UConn remains banned, Oriakhi will not be forced to sit out a year, the newspaper group reported. The NCAA grants waivers for athletes to transfer if their previous school is ineligible for the postseason for the length of the players’ eligibility. Oriakhi’s father said his son will transfer even if UConn wins its appeal, and he will not enter the NBA draft.
Let’s take a look at this shall we – Oriakhi gone, Jeremy Lamb NBA, Shabazz Napier will look at the NBA, and potentially a few more transfers. UCONN could be in DEEP dog sh$t next year, but as quickly as I say that if they keep Lamb and Napier and no other dudes transfer – they have a legit contending team. All in all, I can’t say I like where this program is and would not bet on future success for a while at UCONN. As for Oriakhi, 7 points and 5 boards are replaceable bro.