STORRS, CT - NOVEMBER 11: Alex Oriakhi #34 of the Connecticut Huskies gestures during a game against the Columbia Lions in the first half at Harry A. Gampel Pavilion on November 11, 2011 in Storrs, Connecticut. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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Alex Oriakhi, the former UConn big man, is headed to Missouri. Gary Parrish of CBS broke the news via Twitter:
Oriakhi chose the Tigers from suitors including UNC, Duke, and Kentucky.
Mizzou loses some serious talent from a team that looked like it would go deep in the NCAA Tournament before being upset by No. 15 Norfolk State: Marcus Denmon, Kim English, Ricardo Ratliffe -- all of whom averaged greater than 10 points per game -- graduate along with Matt Pressey. The Tigers need help right away, and Oriakhi -- although he's better known as a rebounder -- would like to provide it.
After UConn was deemed ineligible for the 2013 NCAA Tournament due to a low Academic Progress Rating, they appealed. Because they lost their appeal, Oriakhi is eligible to play immediately without sitting out a year.
For more on Oriakhi's transfer and the Tigers, check out SB Nation's Rock M Nation.