The UConn fanbase wont’ have any problems keeping tabs on Alex Oriakhi, who figures to play in his share of nationally televised games with Missouri.
Other transfers, however, haven’t moved on to such prominent programs. Here’s a look at some names you may have forgotten over the past few years.
*Jamaal Trice: Came to UConn by way of prep powerhouse Mt. Zion Academy (NC) as a three-star shooting guard, but never cracked the lineup. He played just 30 total minutes as a freshman and transferred in May, 2010. Trice averaged 9.1 points per game for Appalachian State this past season.
*Darius Smith: Ranked as the No. 13 point guard in the country, Smith failed to latch on in his freshman season and, like Trice, left Storrs after one year. He went the JuCo route and landed at the College of Southern Idaho before choosing Eastern Illinois as his new D-I destination.
*Jamal Coombs-McDaniel: Oriakhi’s high school and college roommate elected to continue his career at Hofstra. The 6-foot-7 forward sat out last season (those darn transfer rules) and will be back in 2012-13.
*Doug Wiggins: This one gets a little complicated, so bear with me….Wiggins, an East Hartford native, transferred to UMass after his sophomore season. He was kicked off the team before ever playing a game. He then bounced from Robert Morris to Mountain State University, where he led the team with 14.3 points per game. He currently plays for the Hartford Lightning, a new franchise in the Atlantic Coast Professional Basketball League.
*Scottie Haralson: Noted as a 3-point marksman as he entered college, Haralson struggled mightily as a freshman. He bolted for Tulsa, and he’s found his stroke since. The 6-foot-4, 236-pounder (sounds like a football body, doesn’t it?) shot 41 percent from long range and scored 11.1 points per contest as a junior.
*Marcus Johnson: He was squeezed out of minutes by Stanley Robinson, so the L.A. native decided to go home and transfer to USC. During his senior season in 2009-10, the Trojans faced a postseason ban due to major recruiting violations. The high-flying Johnson signed in Croatia after graduation.
*Curtis Kelly: New scenery served Kelly well. He was far more assertive at Kansas State (11.5 points, 6.2 rebounds, 2 blocks as a junior) and, quite frankly, looked like a different player. He didn’t make the NBA, but caught on in Israel.
*Ben Eaves: After one underwhelming season in Storrs, Eaves headed an hour east to URI. He never started a game for Rhody (that’s the nickname, apparently) and shot just 30 percent from the field in his senior season.