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Alex Oriakhi to visit Kentucky on April 20th

According to Jeff Goodman, UConn big man Alex Oriakhi will visit Kentucky on Friday, April 20th, a week after visiting Missouri. If you’ll remember, Oriakhi met with Cal a few days ago to discuss a potential transfer.

Ladies, I expect you to bring it at Keeneland that day.

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22 Comments for Alex Oriakhi to visit Kentucky on April 20th

  1. Jon-n-ky
    11:19 am April 7, 2012 Permalink

    Is it true he could b bringing noel with him?… First

  2. UK Homer
    11:23 am April 7, 2012 Permalink

    I’ll admit I’m a bit behind on this story, but 1) why is he able to transfer and play immediately? Is it because of the unique mess at UConn? 2) why doesn’t he just declare for the draft? 3) are we sure we want him over some of these blue chippers who haven’t signed yet? Thanks.

  3. 420
    11:23 am April 7, 2012 Permalink

    Hopefully he isnt burnin any blueGRASS while hes here

  4. Hang9
    11:26 am April 7, 2012 Permalink

    A front court of Noel, Oriaki, Wiltcher and Bennett would b scary 4 teams!! Hang9

  5. E
    11:28 am April 7, 2012 Permalink

    2) he can transfer immediately because UCONN is on probation, he would not get drafted if he went now and he would be better than anyone at his position that we could get (Anthony Bennett).

  6. Big Blue Mike
    11:28 am April 7, 2012 Permalink

    I think we should pass. Cal’s doing just fine.

  7. phk
    11:28 am April 7, 2012 Permalink

    4) Wiltcher… Really?

    11:30 am April 7, 2012 Permalink

    Pretty good job at butchering Kyle’s last name.

  9. Big Blue 66
    11:39 am April 7, 2012 Permalink

    I have a cousin in Orlando that says Billy Donovans wife is there this weekend looking at houses……………

  10. Han
    11:41 am April 7, 2012 Permalink

    2) Because he will be a senior and UConn will miss the tourney his last remaining year, he’s allowed to transfer and play immediately. The SEC typically does not allow 1-year transfers, but exceptions have been made and if Cal is recruiting him, presumably he’s already checked into it.

    Our Schollie Situation is thus:
    Hood, Harrow, Wiltjer
    Goodwin, Poythress, Cauley
    (Davis, MKG, Jones, Lamb, Teague)
    Polson, Beckham

    Polson and Beckham only get schollies if there are any left after signing everyone else. If we assume all 5 of Davis, MKG, Jones, Lamb and Teague go pro, we have only 6 players currently on schollie. We are recruiting Noel, Bazz, Bennett, Jefferson, Parker, and Oriahki, basically. Even if 2 of our guys come back, we still have 5 schollies, leaving plenty of room for best case scenario of Noel, Bazz, Bennett and Oriahki. We could even have a third guy come back, or give that schollie to Polson or Beckham.

    Then unless there’s a 2-year NBA rule, next year we lose Oriahki, anyone who came back (MKG, Lamb, Teague), possibly Wiltjer or Harrow, and then Bazz, Noel, and maybe 1 or 2 more, leaving plenty of schollies for class of Harrisons, Randle, Parker, etc.

    We’re good.

  11. Jacob
    11:41 am April 7, 2012 Permalink

    4- You disappoint me

  12. Doobie Doo
    11:49 am April 7, 2012 Permalink

    Listening to Ice Cube Steady Mobbin on 4/20

  13. Blue Genius
    12:16 pm April 7, 2012 Permalink

    10- SEC will allow 1 year transfer as long as the student chooses a major not offered at the school from which the student is transferring. Silly, really. But true. He can major in Equine Studies. Ha!

  14. herodotus6
    12:18 pm April 7, 2012 Permalink

    4 should lose their BBN card.

    Those doubting UK should take Oriakhi, let Cal do his thing. He’s been doing this coaching thing for a while now, and I’m sure he can make a judgment if he thinks he should take or pass a player based on parents/player’s attitude/whatever else some people seem to have a problem with on this kid.

  15. M Caron
    12:25 pm April 7, 2012 Permalink

    I, for one, would love to welcome Alex to the Big Blue Nation.

  16. Doc
    12:28 pm April 7, 2012 Permalink

    His 3-goggles need some work.

  17. Big Blue 66
    12:41 pm April 7, 2012 Permalink

    He would be a great addition, experienced (championship experience), big mature strong body, Noels friend from high school and someone that knows his clock is ticking and should be willing to completely buy in and work hard

  18. Jon-n-ky
    1:14 pm April 7, 2012 Permalink

    I read that he and noel are friends and they want to play together. The only other schools on noels list are big east which oriakhi cant transfer to.

  19. Bobby Knight's counselor
    2:38 pm April 7, 2012 Permalink

    #16, you are sooo right on with that observation…..maybe Lamb sticks around another year to coach him !!!!

  20. Rixter
    3:15 pm April 7, 2012 Permalink

    I bet Oriakhi would be the first player to ever win Championships at 2 different schools

  21. tyrus
    3:54 pm April 7, 2012 Permalink

    13-isn’t that the most stupidest SEC rule ever! No clue if other conferences has a similar rule but it makes no sense at all.

  22. Mashburn's "Phantom Fifth Foul"
    7:56 pm April 7, 2012 Permalink

    Why not? Solid player who can bring something to the table. He’d be a good, solid upper-classmen pickup.