UConn's Alex Oriakhi requests transfer from Huskies
UConn big man Alex Oriakhi wants out of Storrs. With the pending NCAA postseason ban -- and unhappiness of his role this season, Oriakhi requested his release on Wednesday to look elsewhere.
Alex Oriakhi wants out of UConn.
Kevin Duffy of the Connecticut Post broke the news earlier on Wednesday, with comments from Oriakhi's father, that the Huskies big man will seek a transfer.
The 6-foot-9 Oriakhi confirmed the news to CBSSports.com on Wednesday night and said he requested his release earlier in the day.
"I loved my time at UConn and have a ton of respect for Coach (Jim) Calhoun and the coaching staff," Oriakhi said "I had the best year of my life last season when we won the national title, but I'm worried about whether I can finish my career and be able to go to the NCAA tournament my senior season."
Oriakhi could be eligible to play immediately and receive an NCAA waiver because, as it stands right now, is likely to serve a one-year postseason ban next season due to low APR scores. He had a rough junior campaign after he was arguably the most productive player on the floor in last year's national title game, a victory over Butler. He was benched for much of the early part of the season and averaged a career-low 6.7 points, 4.8 rebounds and 21.5 minutes per game.
"It was tough for me," Oriakhi admitted. "It was a frustrating year for me and for the team, but I would come back if it weren't for the fact that I'm worried about UConn not being able to play in the tourney next year."
There will be no shortage of suitors for Oriakhi -- especially if he is eligible to play immediately.
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