Mar 21

Alex Oriakhi: first of several UConn players leaving the program

alex-oriakhi-300x205According 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.