Virginia Tech Interested in Alex Oriakhi [Wash Post]

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Virginia Tech has joined the hunt for Alex Oriakhi, according to this Washington Post report:

The Hokies have three scholarships available for the 2012-13 season, and if Connecticut is ineligible for the NCAA tournament, Oriakhi would not have to sit out a year when he transfers.

Two people with knowledge of the situation said Virginia Tech is viewed as a long shot to land Oriakhi, who has reportedly received interest from North Carolina, Duke, Kentucky and Missouri, among others, since being officially released from his scholarship at Connecticut on Tuesday. But the 6-foot-9 rising senior would instantly become the Hokies’ most established big man if he were to unexpectedly choose Virginia Tech.

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6 thoughts on “Virginia Tech Interested in Alex Oriakhi [Wash Post]

  1. daniel

    if oriakhi goes to uk unc or duke hands down he will play in the 2013 tournament.

    1. buddy

      He’ll be on the team, but it is unlikely that he will play much. Once they see how soft he is he will be riding the bench. Maybe if he goes to VA Tech he will play, but not in the NCAA tourney. Hopefully he and his dad will not poison the players on the team he will join in two years.

      1. daniel

        you never know, there is a mass exodus of players at unc to the nba right now, and alex may find his niche there

      2. BobB

        He will be eligible to play next year. He will not have to sit out a year per NCAA because of the situation at UCONN. Good deal for him and anyone else who decides to leave UCONN this year.

        1. ACCBBallFan

          Bob B – no one else qualifies for the exemption Alex would have because he is a junior with only one year of eligibility.

          Frosh and Sophs would have to sit out a year, or whole teams would leave.

          Given VA Tech’s perenniel outside the NCAAT bubble history, I doubt Alex would go there, but coach Seth Greenberg has a history of playing multiple guys 30 + MPG.

  2. Kyle

    Alex will end up at a mid-major or bad team in a major conference. People keep mentioning UNC and Kentucky as possible destinations and while this may be true, he would be nothing other than a role player at both of those schools. Those coaches recruit big men who are skilled all around (DeMarcus Cousins, Anthony Davis, Henson, Zeller). All of those big men were good, if not above average) jump shooters who all had post moves. Even after 3 years AO is still nothing more than a rebounder who can score the occasional putback.

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