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Calipari Meeting with Alex Oriakhi Today


He played against Kentucky last year in the Final Four and was a key reason why the Cats ended up not moving to the title game. And now a year later, he could end up in Lexington. Jeff Goodman of reports today that UCONN’s Alex Oriakhi is meeting with John Calipari today to consider a potential transfer to Kentucky. Oriakhi has one year of eligibility remaining and due to the situation at UCONN, he will not have to sit out this upcoming season. UNC, Duke and others want him, and he is scheduled to talk with all of them in the coming days.

Article written by Matt Jones

51 Comments for Calipari Meeting with Alex Oriakhi Today

  1. CouchCat
    9:09 am April 5, 2012 Permalink

    He would be a great get

  2. BBN 4 LIFE
    9:11 am April 5, 2012 Permalink

    I thought that there was some sort of rule that if he were to come to the SEC, he would have to sit out the first year???

  3. I'mTheDaddy
    9:11 am April 5, 2012 Permalink

    I understand the excitement in focusing our attention on Shabazz and Nerlens, but it is being EXTREMELY understated on how huge it would be to have Oriakhi next year.

  4. BBN 4 LIFE
    9:13 am April 5, 2012 Permalink

    …or maybe I was mistaken about the sitting out a year rule, but I did hear about some sort of rule…possibly even not being able to transfer at all???

  5. TruthDealer
    9:15 am April 5, 2012 Permalink

    Must not be too confident with that certain flat top feller! Doesn’t matter.. We have the talent to win it again!

  6. David Easterling
    9:16 am April 5, 2012 Permalink

    He would be eligible because of Uconn’s post-season ban. 6.7 & 4.9 last year? How good is he?

  7. Turtle nuggets
    9:16 am April 5, 2012 Permalink


  8. BBN4life
    9:18 am April 5, 2012 Permalink

    What situation at UCONN?

  9. manbearpig
    9:20 am April 5, 2012 Permalink

    #2 your right Ive seen the same rule. Not sure if maybe there is a clause in the APR rule that trumps the SEC rule

  10. On year transfers
    9:22 am April 5, 2012 Permalink

    #4) When Oriahki first announced his decision to transfer, there was a reputable website (ESPN, SI, CBS Sports…I don’t recall which one) that said the SEC does not allow one-year transfers and, if UK wanted Oriakhi, they would have to request an exception to that rule. I have no idea if this is true or not, but I do recall reading that. IF it is true, it seems the NCAA is none-to-generous in granting UK exceptions.

  11. gawdi
    9:24 am April 5, 2012 Permalink

    Oriakhi and Noel are friends. Could be a good get if we want Noel. Imagine the 2 of them down low together!

  12. JF
    9:24 am April 5, 2012 Permalink

    Would Noel and Oriakhi play together? Is this a one or the other scenario?

  13. On year transfers
    9:24 am April 5, 2012 Permalink

    I did a google search regarding this one year transfer rule and this article references it too…

  14. Joe
    9:24 am April 5, 2012 Permalink

    If he transfers to an SEC school and majors in something that is not offered at UConn, then he doesn’t have to sit out. UK can ask for a waiver. So find a major that UK offers and UConn doesn’t…

  15. Dacci
    9:26 am April 5, 2012 Permalink

    @7, From what I understand, the reason for the slump was due to his relationship with Calhoun. Calhoun basically told him that he didnt care if he’d been there for 2 years, the next Amare (Drummond) is coming in and will start. Also remember, numbers arent everything. Look at Wiltjer this year, or Orton 2 years ago. Both those guys would be double doubles on any other team in the country. Oriakhi is like a poor mans Patrick Patterson. Most likely he would come off the bench again for us, BUT it would be like Darius miller’s role where he averages starting minutes. He would be great in the development of willie cauley as well.

  16. On year transfers
    9:28 am April 5, 2012 Permalink

    Agree with #15)…Oriakhi’s numbers are not a true reflection of his abilities. Given minutes, he will be, at a minimum, a true physical presence and rebounding machine.

  17. Jason
    9:32 am April 5, 2012 Permalink

    12-Noel and Oriakhi both went to Tilton High School

  18. SEC Bylaw
    9:33 am April 5, 2012 Permalink

    SEC Bylaw 14.1.15

    “A student-athlete who, upon enrollment at the certifying institution, has less than two years of eligibility remaining, is not eligible for financial aid, practice or competition at the member institution. A member institution may request a waiver from the Conference office for a student-athlete transferring from an institution discontinuing a sport, or for a student-athlete transferring for the purpose of enrolling in an academic program not offered at the institution from which he or she is transferring.”

  19. UK22
    9:34 am April 5, 2012 Permalink

    I tried the NCAA vault looking for the Replay of Championship. Anyone have any other ideas where to stream a replay of the game??

  20. Big Blue 66
    9:34 am April 5, 2012 Permalink

    would be a solid pick up especially with experience, what is his size now?

  21. Big Blue 66
    9:35 am April 5, 2012 Permalink

    PLUS, I dont know why Cal would care to talk with him if he was planning on being with the Knicks next year

  22. Mike
    9:35 am April 5, 2012 Permalink

    Or could this meeting be taking place because Cal not as comfortable or secure in landing Noel after all the recent rumors to G-town.

  23. the Big Dog
    9:35 am April 5, 2012 Permalink

    I heard that Oriakhi was very interested in Equestrian Sciences with a minor in tobacco husbandry. Sounds like a perect fit.

  24. Big Blue 66
    9:41 am April 5, 2012 Permalink

    23. LOL that is great….you know he could go along way after basketball with his minor in tobacco husbandry

  25. kentuckyrules
    9:42 am April 5, 2012 Permalink

    #23: He could major in “Winning a National Championship” with a minor of “NBA Preparation” 🙂

  26. Seriously
    9:43 am April 5, 2012 Permalink

    So many people on this board are so behind. I he majors in an area of study that is not offered at UCONN he can transfer to an SEC school and bypass the one year rule. He does not have to sit out because of the post season ban on UCONN. Noel and him are friends from the same high school oriakhi will play the 4 and step out on the baseline and develope his game like Patterson.

  27. Laughter Ensues
    9:46 am April 5, 2012 Permalink

    #25) That is pure genius!

  28. Jacob
    9:50 am April 5, 2012 Permalink

    26- How are you going to say people on this board are far behind? Everything you said has already been said above you…

  29. BobKYCats
    9:50 am April 5, 2012 Permalink

    Or he could go to UofL in major in fingerpainting with a minor in stick-figure drawing.

    Okay, that was unnecessary. I agree.

    Either way, he’d be a great get for next season.

  30. Big Blue 66
    9:52 am April 5, 2012 Permalink

    29. not at all out of line, I was thinking more about majoring in how to be spanked constantly by your big brother and minor in delusional thinking

  31. Boom
    9:53 am April 5, 2012 Permalink

    If he goes to Louisville he’ll major in “Old English” and minor in “Throwing dem L’s up”

  32. The Voice
    9:57 am April 5, 2012 Permalink

    If he meets him, he will come.

  33. tom
    10:00 am April 5, 2012 Permalink

    sounds more and more like the buzz about Bazz is accurate. Howland is probably going to get quite a haul out at UCLA. I’ve been concerened that we haven’t been seeing tweets from Bazz about UK lately.

    He probably wants to stay close to home and LA is a HUGE media market. If UCLA gets all these players, they will really be in the national spotlight.

  34. NONAME13
    10:04 am April 5, 2012 Permalink

    I understand the exception if he majors in something not offered at UCONN, but as a senior, it seems like it would be difficult for him to switch majors this late in the game and still graduate. I definitely want him, but I don’t think he is worth putting our APR in jeopardy since he likely wouldn’t be able to graduate.

  35. 3cats
    10:18 am April 5, 2012 Permalink

    oriakhi can move to the 4 spot if you came in. This would leave room for a flat Top player in the post. They also know each other very well. Oriakhi was the 5th overall center coming out in 2009 with a 96 score would be a major play with skills.

  36. Mike
    10:21 am April 5, 2012 Permalink

    All too common misconception… #34 APR has nothing to do with graduating. APR just dictates that the student athlete has to finish the coursework for the time that they are here. So one n done for example, isn’t a dent on your APR if the student finishes classes started during both semesters.

  37. DD
    10:23 am April 5, 2012 Permalink

    It remains to be asked, but UConn’s issue is with their APR score, right? Did Oriakhi contribue to that problem? Yeah he would be a great fit at UK, but would he hurt in other ways? I’ll hang up and listen to your response.

  38. DD
    10:24 am April 5, 2012 Permalink

    Wow. As I’m trying to type my comment and work at the same time, somebody beat me to the punch. Sorry.

  39. uklaw95
    10:47 am April 5, 2012 Permalink

    Yes he would get all kinds of media coverage in LA as he goes through the 3 weeks of the NCAA tournament. Oh, wait……..

  40. uklaw95
    10:48 am April 5, 2012 Permalink

    If he was eligible to play then he wasn’t an APR problem.

  41. HugoCabrera
    10:59 am April 5, 2012 Permalink

    Oriakhi had a 3.7 or 3.8 GPA. If anything, he’d be a great boost to our APR because he will improve team GPA and he will graduate. Not sure if transfers into a program who graduate help your APR, but I’m assuming they do, right?

  42. NONAME13
    11:10 am April 5, 2012 Permalink

    36. APR is actually related to graduating to a certain extent. A player may leave early without graduating if he goes pro. That is the only way APR is not affected if a player does not graduate. In Oriakhi’s case, he would need to major in something not offered by UCONN. As a senior, if he has in fact maintained adequate progress toward his degree while at UCONN, he should be very far along in his program. That means that he would be switching majors to something that would likely not have a lot of credits that would be in common with his previous degree program. This would cause him to likely take several years to get a degree in his new major. We are basically betting that Oriakhi would get drafted, but what if he doesn’t. Then UK’s APR is likely hurt by Oriakhi.

  43. eightisnotenough
    11:18 am April 5, 2012 Permalink

    Welcome aboard.

  44. phillbilly
    11:24 am April 5, 2012 Permalink

    We need Alex Oriakhi, a won and done who will graduate. Love it. Let them put that in their pipe and smoke it.

  45. Hugh Jass Game
    11:30 am April 5, 2012 Permalink

    Even our transfers are one and done!

  46. rockatao
    11:31 am April 5, 2012 Permalink

    42. Disagree. Stacey Poole didn’t go pro, but his leaving did not hurt our APR. The guys that Cal encouraged to transfer, they did not go pro and did not hurt our APR. If player is in good academic standing when he leaves the school, APR is not affected.

  47. Han
    11:31 am April 5, 2012 Permalink

    He should come here if he wants to improve and have a chance at another ring. Also, I’ve read that he’s friends with Noel, which could help.

    If he wants max possible minutes, UNC.
    If he wants to learn to flop and be stuck behind endless goofy white guys, Duke.

  48. Cking9698
    12:12 pm April 5, 2012 Permalink

    If he comes here he simply has to receive a waiver from the sec, and NCAA.
    UCONN must be banned from postseason play which they have appealed.

    He would give us senior leadership, is good friends with Noel, and would give us much needed muscle. He would split time with Wiltjer, and makes a better option than Bennett.
    This would put us in prime contention to get Randle the following year, who is a must get.
    Bennett is not a likely to leave after one season.

    His attitude and twitter pouting over Drummond was not good.
    He has a good gpa, and worked hard and bought into the team concept he might flourish.
    He has seen the best and worse of college ball.

    He won a championship, and was on a highly dysfunctional team this year.
    I bet we get him, and could get Jefferson as well to play small forward with Poythress.

    A Poythress/Jefferson 6-8 but skinny combo would be deadly.

  49. RandyZ
    12:17 pm April 5, 2012 Permalink

    #14 AG Degree?

  50. Big Blue Mike
    12:21 pm April 5, 2012 Permalink

    I’d take a pass.

  51. Jason
    1:46 pm April 5, 2012 Permalink

    In addition to him killing our chances of winning another National Championship last year and him playing for UCONN in general, i don’t want him because he is a prima donna. He will be upset after the first couple games about playing time. Don’t need a chemistry killer on a team full of young freshman. No thanks.