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Alex Oriakhi to Missouri

Jeff Goodman, who seems to know everything about everyone in college basketball, is reporting that Alex Oriakhi will transfer to Missouri.  The former UConn big man was scheduled to visit Lexington next week.

Anthony Bennett, come on down.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

80 Comments for Alex Oriakhi to Missouri



  1. bosshog24
    7:32 pm April 13, 2012 Permalink

    I will take Bennett any day! Come on down, Anthony!



  2. tommytwotoes
    7:33 pm April 13, 2012 Permalink

    Darn…please get Bennett and Jefferson. We are going to be amazingly young next year. Could have really used his senior leadership.



  3. Blue Jesus
    7:33 pm April 13, 2012 Permalink

    That simplifies things. Hopefully Bennett doesn’t choose to take his time now that it isn’t a first-come-first-serve scenario.



  4. UK Rifle >>>> WVU Rifle
    7:42 pm April 13, 2012 Permalink

    evening update :
    fake glasses = 28,556
    flat top feller = 43,331

    the margin continues to widen!



  5. the Big Dog
    7:51 pm April 13, 2012 Permalink

    I think Bennett would be a better fit. Not sure how well Oriakhi would do at the 4 and rumors of 30+ minutes/game demands worry me. Would be nice to have a senior but I’m not sold on his leadership qualities. Also, there’s always the chance that Bennett would stay two years. I think we need to go a little harder after Jefferson.



  6. UK Homer
    7:51 pm April 13, 2012 Permalink

    Bennett and Jefferson need to come on down. Worst case, we still have these guys:

    5 Stars:
    Harrow
    Noel
    Poythress
    Goodwin
    Wiltjer

    4 Stars:
    Cauley
    Hood (yeah I know)

    + anyone who decides to stay.



  7. Mike
    7:55 pm April 13, 2012 Permalink

    Guess the man decided he didn’t want to share the limelight or title chase.



  8. Big Blue 66
    7:56 pm April 13, 2012 Permalink

    I would love to get Bennett, by im a little confused on everyones love of Amile Jefferson, just dont see him adding alot if we get Bennett and he will be recruited over



  9. The Know
    7:58 pm April 13, 2012 Permalink

    Bennett is already on board, announcement tomorrow.



  10. Catgrad97
    7:58 pm April 13, 2012 Permalink

    UK is no where near the drivers seat for Bennett or Jefferson, so some serious ground will need to be made up for us to have a shot at either of them….not sure it can be done. It will be key to get Bennett in for an official visit before he pulls the trigger for UF. Maybe the guys recruiting him at the Jordan Brand game can help.



  11. Jack
    7:58 pm April 13, 2012 Permalink

    The first part of my statement Is correct as oriakhi wanted to be the one and only center on his team, where he can show his leadership and carry his team on his back deep into the tourney. Good on him. I fully understand his decision and to be honest, if he went to Kentucky hed be coming off the bench sharing minutes with Noel. All of this talk that he would be a pf, just no. He’s dominant at the center position, and as you can see by his stats at the pf position, nowhere else. I support his decision and hope for the best, but we need Bennett now. I don’t find this difficult because I believe the only thing in his way of a commitment to us was oriakhi taking his minutes. Now that it’s not an issue, I see no reason as to why he won’t be a cat by Monday. I was right about shabazz, I was right about nerlens, I was right about oriakhi, and let’s hope I’m right about mr. Bennett.



  12. Gary
    8:00 pm April 13, 2012 Permalink

    Disappointing. Haith, in my opinion, is way over-rated as a coach. He was a disaster at Miami. He had first year coach luck at Missouri but then his team flamed out at critical tourney time. Oriakhi will get plenty of playing time but no coaching to help improve. But, Bennett is the one I have wanted and hope there was some message that this is what will happen. Jefferson as an addition would not be bad either but I don’t see both coming.



  13. Catgrad97
    8:00 pm April 13, 2012 Permalink

    #9…..I hope you’re right, but I haven’t seen or heard anything to make me believe this is a possibility.



  14. ghostface
    8:02 pm April 13, 2012 Permalink

    We’ll see how good he is when Kentucky plays Missouri next year I guess.



  15. will
    8:06 pm April 13, 2012 Permalink

    not getting either



  16. Richard
    8:08 pm April 13, 2012 Permalink

    Hahahaha! Another strike out by Calislimy. You better hope you can win games with four players UK hicks!



  17. Big Blue 66
    8:08 pm April 13, 2012 Permalink

    someone in the string talked about him being “dominant” at center…..you dont just lose all your minutes to a frosh or anyone else if you are dominant.



  18. Big Blue 66
    8:12 pm April 13, 2012 Permalink

    are there like a whole group of unemployed Louisville fans (and maybe that is redundant)people that come on the site as Richard? Do you all take shifts or something, how can you be on a rival site 24/7. Geezzz get a life.



  19. Jack
    8:16 pm April 13, 2012 Permalink

    17 when I say dominant I meant more dominant at the center position than the power forward position. John Calhoun tried it at both and he just wasnt effective while not at the center position



  20. anti dick in a box
    8:25 pm April 13, 2012 Permalink

    #17, Hey, Dick… 4 years in a row of the #1 recruiting class does not a strike out make. You probably masturbate using your tears as lube. Freakin chud.



  21. anti dick in a box
    8:26 pm April 13, 2012 Permalink

    *#16, excuse me



  22. nassau65
    8:27 pm April 13, 2012 Permalink

    Richard, can i call you Dick? Dick, do you know how pathetic you make your entire fan base look by continually posting on a rival forum? We understand you just want to be part of a bigger, better program (or even exist for that matter), but posting continually here, shows how desperate you have become. I know it’s got to be depressing to see UK continue to have the #1 recruiting classes, win national championships, and continue to put the Tards in their place, but if you don’t let go of it, it’s gonna eat you alive. Perhaps your coach could learn some things from Cal if he would just watch and listen, instead of spending his time banging 15 second bimbos on italian restaurant tables. Go on now, back over to inside the Ville site, and join in with the rest of your inbred brothers where they talk as much about Big Brother as they do their own team. Every time Uk gets another recruit, the “inside the Ville” goes in to meltdown mode. You will have plenty of company and compassion there.



  23. tennessee wildcat
    8:30 pm April 13, 2012 Permalink

    It sounds like cal heard what he wanted to hear when he visited orikari and moved on to Bennett.



  24. Dick is History
    8:32 pm April 13, 2012 Permalink

    Nice post #22.



  25. Cretins Abound
    8:33 pm April 13, 2012 Permalink

    #15-What a stupid post. Go back to your hole now!



  26. Chris
    8:39 pm April 13, 2012 Permalink

    Could you imagine having the name Richard? I gurantee that tool can’t pull any chicks. Have fun chasing males litty Richy. Complete Dbag.



  27. Scout
    8:45 pm April 13, 2012 Permalink

    I played baseball with a guy whose name was Richard Holder!



  28. Richard
    8:47 pm April 13, 2012 Permalink

    Wow look at the poor wittle butt hurt cayut fans! Sorry you are going to suck so bad next year. Guess Cal ran out of money buying Noel.

    And for the record “Chris” (That is such an awesome name, really original) I get stank on my hang down on the regular, just axe yo moms!



  29. SexnNursinHomes
    8:50 pm April 13, 2012 Permalink

    HAHA. Richard might be a pathetic Louisville troll but he burnt you Chris.



  30. nassau65
    8:50 pm April 13, 2012 Permalink

    28 is your last name Thistle? just curious.



  31. Richard
    8:52 pm April 13, 2012 Permalink

    Da cards will be so good next year. My mom let me hung two Siva posters in the den today. Just like The Rock says, can u smell what i”m cooking?



  32. BCO
    8:54 pm April 13, 2012 Permalink

    I never say “Im glad he didnt come”…but Id take Bennett ANYDAY over Oriaki. I dont wanna use the term cancer cause thats strong…but Ive heard a lot about him messing up team chemistry at UConn.



  33. dpvatty
    8:57 pm April 13, 2012 Permalink

    Hey #16 &#28– Ur an idiot prick. But I like that line “stank on my hang down” u a uk fan I’d buy u a beer.



  34. Syrin
    8:59 pm April 13, 2012 Permalink

    All I have to say is….

    UCLA ?!?!?!

    BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!



  35. Syrin
    9:02 pm April 13, 2012 Permalink

    Hey Richard. You gonna let them fist you up to the wrist or the elbow tonight? Yeah, we’re REALLY sad about having the best recruiting class in the country, at least 5 NBA players on next year’s team, and being defending national champs. Sucks to be us.



  36. Manbearsypher
    9:04 pm April 13, 2012 Permalink

    Holy crap! Maggard was right! So far hes been dead on this year! No joke. According to him we aren’t getting AB24. :/



  37. Manbearsypher
    9:05 pm April 13, 2012 Permalink

    —-BTW LOL @ stank on the hang down. I don’t care who you are that is funny!



  38. Richard
    9:08 pm April 13, 2012 Permalink

    Please forgive me for these moronic posts. If I post ever again it will be a confession of my insanity.



  39. BigBlueSkyDog
    9:10 pm April 13, 2012 Permalink

    Sure don’t want to see him going to a school we have to play twice. Good luck anyway. Let’s get Bennett.



  40. 8amdcounting
    9:10 pm April 13, 2012 Permalink

    I may be missing someone but it looks like we have 8 scholarships filled up for next season. Maybe Cal knows something we don’t and a couple guys come back? If one or two (please Lord) come back we will be stacked once again!



  41. Richard
    9:15 pm April 13, 2012 Permalink

    Hey guys, honest question. Why did Cal recruit any more PG’s or SG’s?



  42. nassau65
    9:16 pm April 13, 2012 Permalink

    Richard, honest question. Is your last name Thistle?



  43. Orlando Antigua
    9:25 pm April 13, 2012 Permalink

    Richard, tell your daddy not to worry we will beat him again next year because Teague & Lamb are coming back. That’s why we didn’t recruit anymore PG’s or SG’s



  44. Han
    9:26 pm April 13, 2012 Permalink

    40)
    Wiltjer, Hood, Harrow
    Goodwin, Cauley, Poythress, Noel
    Both Beckham and Polson are preferred Walkons

    If no one else comes back, that’s 7 schollies used with 2 more going to the walkons if no one else is using them.

    If we get Bennett, still only 8 scholarship players if no one comes back.



  45. Ridge Runner
    9:30 pm April 13, 2012 Permalink

    I’m certainly ok with this. Moving on…



  46. BleedblueBBB
    9:31 pm April 13, 2012 Permalink

    Bennett will commit before weekend is over. Believe it.



  47. jonathan
    9:31 pm April 13, 2012 Permalink

    gotta admire UofL fans’ effort. We beat them twice on the way to #8 and then land the #1 recruitng class. Then you got people like Richard still talking smack. Sometimes, you just need to take your medicine, son.



  48. Richard
    9:32 pm April 13, 2012 Permalink

    42. It depends are you from Indiana? Would I know you in real life?



  49. BleedblueBBB
    9:32 pm April 13, 2012 Permalink

    ….and at least one is staying. Everyone relax on the idea we won’t fill out the roster.



  50. Big Blue Balls
    9:34 pm April 13, 2012 Permalink

    I really wanted AO! We needed his leadership. Right now the only player that has played in a NCAA game is Kyle and it ain’t like he got a ton of PT.

    I predict if no one else comes back Sweet 16 would be the absolute top for this team. That’s ok with me though! Can’t win it all every year!



  51. BlueFins
    9:36 pm April 13, 2012 Permalink

    Hey Richard, has that dumbass Rozier passed his classes and ACT yet?? How come Pitino didn’t recruit any smart point guards?



  52. Richard
    9:40 pm April 13, 2012 Permalink

    Rozier should qualify but according to Howie Rick is in on several local PG’s as a back-up if there is any trouble. No worries though, Siva has proved time and time again he can go 40 minutes a game.



  53. blitzedanddazed
    9:42 pm April 13, 2012 Permalink

    Bennett to UK is a the reason Alex Oriakhi is going to Missouri. Bennett is just waiting to commit to UK after it
    becomes official that MKG is going to the NBA.



  54. BlueFins
    9:44 pm April 13, 2012 Permalink

    You mean “Inside Howie’s Belly? The only thing Rick is in on is some sphyilis ridden skank whore that most likely is your mother.



  55. Al's IndiCats
    9:51 pm April 13, 2012 Permalink

    With Oriakhi going to Mizzu instead of UK in all seriousness, that shows how bad Uconn’s GPAs was really in deep CA CA. He’d rather flame out in the second round that at least try for a final 4. But that’s OK!
    As far as Little Richard coming in here and trolling, you all have to realize coming in here is as close as he’s gonna get to be with a Championship type team. He’s one of the only people we know that goes to a family reunion to try to pick up a date……Bless his little heart! GO CATS!!!!!!!!!



  56. Richard
    9:51 pm April 13, 2012 Permalink

    Hey BBN, you should check out the Rivals msg board. I post messages on that site as Richard Luvs KSR.



  57. Cking9698
    9:51 pm April 13, 2012 Permalink

    Thank god!! The kid is a center!!!!!! Come on Bennett!!!!



  58. Cking9698
    9:53 pm April 13, 2012 Permalink

    Did you guys really think he was going to come here and play with two other centers??? ORIAKI is NOT A POWER FORWARD!!!!!!!!!!



  59. catfan68
    10:01 pm April 13, 2012 Permalink

    RICHARD HAS GOT TO BE THE BIGGEST LOSER EVER…KENTUCKY KEEPS SMACKING THE SH*T OUT OF UOFL OVER AND OVER AGAIN AND YET HE KEEPS TALKING SMACK. HOW STUPID CAN HE BE? SPEAKING OF BUYING PLAYERS, MAYBE RICHARD CAN TELL US IF CLINTT HURTT AND CHARLIE STRONG HAVE BOUGHT ANYMORE RECRUITS LATELY?



  60. Cosmic Wrangler
    10:09 pm April 13, 2012 Permalink

    Damn! we may not get Bennett or Jefferson and have to wallow in the top ten all year. As Dr. Smith from Lost in Space would say, “Oh the pain, the pain dear William. We be ahight!



  61. LA
    10:32 pm April 13, 2012 Permalink

    dont want oriaki anyway, calhoun has taught him bad habits for three years. he would ride the bench behind noel anyway. wiltjer will be a scoring machine, just needs to lift iron and steady his D and he will be a highlight reel. needs to get more minutes. all the UK haters better hope UK does not win it again next year or they will have to kill themselves.



  62. Real Cats Fan
    10:34 pm April 13, 2012 Permalink

    “I get stank on my hang down on the regular”

    Richard, next time tell your boyfriend to wipe his taint first…



  63. Real Cats Fan
    10:37 pm April 13, 2012 Permalink

    After watching the tape of Bennett, the kid is an absolute animal! Yes, the Cats will be short on experience, but they will be extremely athletic. True, not much tourney experience among the rotation, but keep in mind that Cal has been there multiple times now. I’m not expecting a FF next year, but we will be fine. 2013 shapes up to be another monster recruiting class, and combining that with some of the returning talent from this year’s class, and #9 might be on target in 2013.



  64. catfan68
    10:44 pm April 13, 2012 Permalink

    #62…I LOVE YOUR COMMENT…I WAS ALSO THINKING RICHARD PLAYED FOR “THE OTHER TEAM”



  65. J Mac
    10:50 pm April 13, 2012 Permalink

    You guys are getting your hopes up way too high on Bennett. Yeah, guy looks good on 3 minutes worth of youtube clips but in a game setting he isn’t as effective as you think. He is a tweener 3/4 that is all athlete and little skill. Cal would probably be able to get the most of him, but he is not a program changer by any means, not at this stage. I watched a lot of Findlay Prep games last season and often times when it mattered the most Brandon Ashley and others done the work on that team. Again, Bennett has the potential but you guys are acting like he is just going to come in and dominate, thats not the case. However, we do need bodies for that four spot and he could come in and use that body/athleticism to pull boards and score around the basket when he can get dunks. Can also hit the spot up three, but does nothing off the dribble and cannot oome off screens, spot up shooter only……You guys are also getting your hopes up too high hes coming to kentucky anyway, Florida is the leader and club house favorite.



  66. catfan68
    10:52 pm April 13, 2012 Permalink

    YES, UK IS IN GOOD WITH THE BEST OF THE 2013 CLASS…IF WE LAND PARKER, HARRISON TWINS ETC THAT COULD BE OUR GREATEST CLASS EVER.



  67. J. Mac
    10:55 pm April 13, 2012 Permalink

    Jefferson is now the biggest need for this class. Prototypical Calipari guy with length/athleticism, and can play multiple positions in the dribble drive.



  68. catfan68
    10:57 pm April 13, 2012 Permalink

    65 WOW IF HE IS THAT BAD, WHY WOULD WE WANT HIM? WHY WOULD FLORIDA WANT HIM? WHY IS HE A TOP TEN RECRUIT? I WILL TRUST CAL’S ABILITY TO EVALUATE TALENT OVER YOURS…IF CAL WANTS HIM, THAT IS GOOD ENOUGH FOR ME.



  69. Paul Crewe's Bookie
    11:00 pm April 13, 2012 Permalink

    Meh. Best of luck to the guy. Really. But you know what this tells me? That he’s more interested in PT than winning championships.



  70. J. Mac
    11:02 pm April 13, 2012 Permalink

    I didn’t say he was bad. Go back and read some of the posts, some act as if he is Jared Sullinger or Thomas Robinson or something, he’s not. Don’t get me wrong, he will be a decent college player, but still has a long way to go before he is a great college player. He would be able to get a lot better at Kentucky and under Calipari but right now he is still fairly raw for a top 10 player. If you guys want to watch edited dunks and spot up threes on a couple 2 minute youtube mixtapes then go ahead and think you are recruiting experts. There’s reasons why Cal hasn’t recruited him as hard as other schools have but there is also reasons he has picked up his recruitment now they have missed on a couple. If Bazz came, Poythress would have played a lot of four, now Wiltjer is the only real four we have, thus the need to go hard after what is left.



  71. Frosted One
    11:11 pm April 13, 2012 Permalink

    Maggard told everyone that AO was not going to UK.



  72. David Ball
    11:16 pm April 13, 2012 Permalink

    so much for finding a course of study that differed from UConn…oh well…my guess is that Oriakhi will enjoy playing against UK next year…and getting his shots swatted away…Anthony Bennett..Anthony Bennett



  73. monty2589
    12:20 am April 14, 2012 Permalink

    “I get stank on my hang down on the regular”

    You haven’t had “stank” since “stank” had you



  74. Not Richard P.
    12:35 am April 14, 2012 Permalink

    Wow you guys sure are clever! I could eat a bowl of alphabet soup and sh*t out a better insult then the crap you guys come up with! Don’t worry though UK fans you will have your day soon enough, the special Olympics are held every year!



  75. Voice of Reason
    12:50 am April 14, 2012 Permalink

    Oriakhi’s performance in his last NCAA game with the Huskies :
    34 Oriakhi, Alex……. f 1-4 0-0 0-0 1 2 3 0 2 1 0 1 1 23…. That’s 23 minutes played, 3 rebounds, and 2 points. He’s NOT a leader on the floor…glad he went elsewhere.



  76. Jkwon
    1:13 am April 14, 2012 Permalink

    Guys the best way to treat Richard is to act like he doesn’t exist! Sound familiar? Haha! Seriously he is trying to get people to respond to his ignorant posts so don’t respond at all and he will eventually go away! Seriously everyone just ignore him completely! We have better things to talk about neway! Such as how great a year it was and how great next year will be!



  77. bmac
    2:54 am April 14, 2012 Permalink

    Wow, what a waste of his final year.



  78. Dane Brammage
    7:35 am April 14, 2012 Permalink

    WHY MIZZOU?



  79. Rixter
    10:16 am April 14, 2012 Permalink

    Why Missouri? Obviously, Cal didn’t tell him what we wanted to hear. I’m fine with it, it obviously means something is in the works with other recruits!



  80. Bluegrassking
    10:51 am April 14, 2012 Permalink

    and that’s ok