|Alex Oriakhi granted release from UConn, rumored to be considering ACC, SEC schools||03.28.12 at 11:28 am ET|
Less than a week after informing UConn of his plans to transfer, Alex Oriakhi on Tuesday was granted his release from the school. According to a report in the Connecticut Post, the Massachusetts native is considering North Carolina, Missouri and Kentucky, with Duke also expressing an interest.
If UConn’s 2013 NCAA tournament ban is upheld due to its poor academic progress rating, Oriakhi could be allowed to play immediately for his new school. He has one year of eligibility remaining.
Oriakhi, a 6-foot-9 forward/center, averaged 6.7 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.3 blocks in 21.5 minutes this season. Those numbers are down from his sophomore season, when he averaged 9.6 points, 8.7 rebounds and 1.6 blocks in 29.1 minutes and helped the Huskies win the national championship.