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Alex Oriakhi’s Career at UConn

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UConn junior Alex Oriakhi informed the school Wednesday of his intentions to transfer, according to his father, Alex Sr.

Here’s a timeline of his career at UConn:

*October 11, 2006 — Oriakhi, just a sophomore in high school, gives a verbal commitment to play at UConn.

Alex Oriakhi (AP)

*November 13, 2008 – Along with Jamal Coombs-McDaniel, Oriakhi signs his letter of intent.

*November 13, 2009 — Oriakhi makes his debut, scoring eight points and pulling down 10 rebounds in a win over William & Mary. He was a perfect 4-for-4 from the field.

*January 9, 2010 — The 6-foot-9 freshman records his first career double-double in a 72-69 loss at Georgetown.

*November 12, 2010 — Apparently, Oriakhi made some big strides between his freshman and sophomore seasons. He terrorizes Stony Brook for 18 rebounds (and adds 11 points) in the season debut.

*November 22-24, 2010 — The Maui Invitational serves as a coming out party for Oriakhi — and for UConn. He goes for 15 points and 17 boards against Michigan State and posts another double-double (a career-high 18 points and 11 rebounds) in the final against Kentucky.

*January 8,  2011 – Texas forward Tristan Thompson, who wound up as the 4th overall selection in the 2011 NBA Draft, is manhandled by Oriakhi in a pivotal non-conference game. UConn’s big man pulls down 21 rebounds, which, needless to say, is still his career-high.

Alex Oriakhi (AP)

*March 8, 2011 — UConn’s resurgence (and it’s incredible 11-game run) starts on this date versus DePaul, and Oriakhi is largely responsible. He corrals 19 rebounds as the Huskies hammer the Blue Demons, 97-71.

*April 2-4, 2011 — Kemba Walker shines in the Final Four, but Oriakhi carries the Huskies at times. He tallies 19 points and 21 rebounds in the two games and leads UConn to its third national championship.

*October 19, 2011 — Oriakhi is named preseason All-Big East second team.

*November 24, 2011 — A junior co-captain, Oriakhi temporarily loses his starting role at the Battle 4 Atlantis. He comes off the bench for all three games.

*January 14, 2012 – Oriakhi breaks out of his season-long slump with a 12-point, 7-rebound effort at Notre Dame.

*February 1, 2012 — A frustrating season hits a low-point when Oriakhi plays just seven minutes in a disheartening 58-44 loss at Georgetown.

*February 15, 2012 — Oriakhi is honored with walk-ons Kyle Bailey, PJ Cochrane and Ben Stewart before a home game vs. DePaul for strong academics. He later said he earned a 3.6 GPA for the fall semester. He was the only scholarship player to top a 3.0.

Alex Oriakhi (AP)

*March 7, 2012 — UConn essentially clinches an NCAA tournament berth with a dramatic overtime victory over West Virginia. Oriakhi’s physical nature (6 points, 5 rebounds, 4 blocks) helps UConn come back from a double-digit deficit.

*March 15, 2012 — Oriakhi (2 points, 3 rebounds) is a non-factor as UConn bows out of the NCAA tournament in the first round.

*March 21, 2012 – Oriakhi informs the coaching staff that he will seek a transfer for his senior season, according to his father, Alex Sr.

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