Could UConn Transfer Alex Oriakhi Come to Kentucky?

Amongst all these talented five-star recruits that have yet to decide where they will play college basketball, fans are starting to turn their heads toward another recruit. However, this one isn’t necessarily a “recruit.”

Once he is officially released from UConn, Alex Oriakhi will be a hot name with many schools, and some believe Kentucky will be involved. For those that are not aware of the circumstances, Oriakhi is transferring because of the Huskies’ post-season ban in regards to poor academic excellence.

Kevin Duffy of the Stamford Advocate accumulated a few schools who he thinks has the best chance at landing Orikhi, and Kentucky is included.

[QUOTE]Kentucky: The inevitable departures of [URL="http://www.stamfordadvocate.com/?controllerName=search&action=search&channel=uconn&search=1&inlineLink=1&query=%22Anthony+Davis%22"]Anthony Davis[/URL] and [URL="http://www.stamfordadvocate.com/?controllerName=search&action=search&channel=uconn&search=1&inlineLink=1&query=%22Terrence+Jones%22"]Terrence Jones[/URL] will free up some time in the frontcourt. At the moment, [URL="http://www.stamfordadvocate.com/?controllerName=search&action=search&channel=uconn&search=1&inlineLink=1&query=%22John+Calipari%22"]John Calipari[/URL] only has one big man — 6-10, 215-pound center [URL="http://www.stamfordadvocate.com/?controllerName=search&action=search&channel=uconn&search=1&inlineLink=1&query=%22Willie+Cauley%22"]Willie Cauley[/URL] — in his 2012 recruiting class. That could change if he’s able to beat out Syracuse and Georgetown for Nerlens Noel, the No. 1 player in the nation. Noel and Oriakhi both played high school ball at [URL="http://www.stamfordadvocate.com/?controllerName=search&action=search&channel=uconn&search=1&inlineLink=1&query=%22The+Tilton+School%22"]The Tilton School[/URL] (New Hampshire), so there could be a connection there.[/QUOTE]

Other schools include Duke, Hofstra, UMass, Florida State, North Carolina, and Rhode Island.

I have no knowledge of the situation, but I don’t think John Calipari will be heavily involved, especially if he picks up commitments from Anthony Bennett, Nerlens Noel, and Shabazz Muhammad.

Size is a virtue in the college game and it would be a nice pickup, but I don’t really feel like UK will have too heavy of an interest. Just my opinion though.
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