UConn forward Alex Oriakhi, perhaps the most sought-after transfer in the country, will “definitely visit” North Carolina, Duke, Kentucky and Missouri, his father told Hearst Connecticut Media Group Tuesday.
Oriakhi requested his release from UConn on March 21. He won’t have to sit out a year if UConn’s 2013 tournament ban holds up, which seems to be the most likely scenario at this point. The school is currently awaiting word on an appeal for a postseason waiver. If the appeal is rejected, UConn could sneak into the tournament if the NCAA changes its timetable for APR data collection.
Kentucky, the reigning national champion, will be in the market for a big man after the inevitable departures of Anthony Davis and Terrence Jones. In addition to Oriakhi, the Wildcats could still pick up two five-star freshmen to fill out the frontcourt: Nerlens Noel, the nation’s No. 1 prospect, has Kentucky in his final three and power forward Anthony Bennett is also considering a stint in Lexington.
Because the SEC does not allow one-year transfers, Oriakhi would have to file for an academic waiver in order to become eligible at Kentucky or Missouri.
Oriakhi’s father also listed Xavier, Ohio State and UNC-Charlotte as possible destinations.