March 23, 2012 by staff
Alex Oriakhi, 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.
The senior Oriakhi is reportedly a frequent critic of Huskies coach Jim Calhoun. An inflammatory post on his Twitter account appeared after he announced his son’s decision.
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