Alex Oriakhi

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Alex Oriakhi
No. 42 – Erie BayHawks
PositionPower forward
LeagueNBA Development League
Personal information
Born(1990-06-21) June 21, 1990 (age 23)
Lowell, Massachusetts
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight255 lb (116 kg)
Career information
High schoolTilton School
(Tilton, New Hampshire)
CollegeConnecticut (2009–2012)
Missouri (2012–2013)
NBA draft2013 / Round: 2 / Pick: 57th overall
Selected by the Phoenix Suns
Pro playing career2013–present
Career history
2013Limoges CSP (France)
2013Hapoel Holon (Israel)
2013–presentErie BayHawks (D-League)
Career highlights and awards
 
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Alex Oriakhi
No. 42 – Erie BayHawks
PositionPower forward
LeagueNBA Development League
Personal information
Born(1990-06-21) June 21, 1990 (age 23)
Lowell, Massachusetts
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight255 lb (116 kg)
Career information
High schoolTilton School
(Tilton, New Hampshire)
CollegeConnecticut (2009–2012)
Missouri (2012–2013)
NBA draft2013 / Round: 2 / Pick: 57th overall
Selected by the Phoenix Suns
Pro playing career2013–present
Career history
2013Limoges CSP (France)
2013Hapoel Holon (Israel)
2013–presentErie BayHawks (D-League)
Career highlights and awards

Alex Oriakhi, Jr. (pronounced Or-e-ah-ki; born June 21, 1990) is an American basketball player. Oriakhi was the starting center for the Connecticut Huskies' 2010–11 NCAA Championship team. He transferred to the University of Missouri for his senior year. He was selected with the 57th pick in the second round of the 2013 NBA Draft by the Phoenix Suns.

High school career[edit]

Oriakhi, a 6'9" post player, played at the Tilton School in Tilton, New Hampshire. As a senior, he was named a McDonald's All-American, a Parade All-American[1] and the Gatorade player of the year for New Hampshire.

College career[edit]

Following his high school career, Oriakhi chose the University of Connecticut to play for Hall of Fame coach Jim Calhoun. He started most of his freshman season, averaging 5.0 points and 6.6 rebounds per game. At the close of the season, he was named to the Big East Conference all-rookie team.[2]

As a sophomore, Oriakhi raised his game to average 9.9 points, 8.7 rebounds (second in the Big East) and 1.6 blocks per game (7th in the Big East). He was the main post presence for the Huskies as they won the 2011 Big East Tournament and the 2011 NCAA Men's Tournament. As a junior, Oriakhi saw his minutes decrease with the addition of highly recruited freshman Andre Drummond. His production dropped as well as he averaged 6.7 points and 4.8 rebounds per game.[3]

After the season, Oriakhi announced his intention to transfer to another school, citing the Huskies' 2013 ban on postseason play. Because Connecticut's postseason ban covered his entire remaining eligibility (one season), he was eligible to play for his new school during the 2012–13 season.[4] Ultimately Oriakhi transferred to Missouri.[5] During his time at Missouri, he scored 11.2 points, grabbed 8.4 rebounds, and recorded 1.6 blocks per game in 25.8 minutes of play for 34 games.

Professional Career[edit]

Oriakhi was selected by the Phoenix Suns in the 2013 NBA Draft with the 57th pick. On July 31, 2013, Oriakhi would then sign his first professional contract with Limoges CSP of the LNB Pro A in France.[6] After playing only four games with Limoges, Oriakhi signed with the Israeli team Hapoel Holon in November 2013.

After playing a few games for Hapoel Holon, Oriakhi returned to the United States to play for the Erie BayHawks of the NBA Development League.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Michael O'Shea (2009-04-05). "Meet PARADE's All-America High School Boys Basketball Team". Parade Magazine. Retrieved 2012-04-09. 
  2. ^ "All-Big East Awards". Hartford Courant. 2010-03-07. Retrieved 2012-04-09. 
  3. ^ "UConn biography". UConn athletics. 2010-03-07. Retrieved 2012-04-09. 
  4. ^ "UConn's Alex Oriakhi targeting transfer to top-tier program". Sporting News. Retrieved 2012-04-09. 
  5. ^ "Alex Oriakhi to transfer to Missouri Tigers". ESPN.com. 2012-04-13. Retrieved 2012-04-14. 
  6. ^ "Au Complet!" (in French). Limoges CSP. 2013-07-31. Retrieved 2013-08-02. 
  7. ^ "BayHawks Add Alex Oriakhi". Erie BayHawks. Retrieved 2013-12-20. 

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