Oriakhi, a 6’9″ post player, played at the Tilton School in Tilton, New Hampshire. As a senior, Alex was named a McDonald’s All-American, a Parade All-American and the Gatorade player of the year for New Hampshire.
Following his high school career, Oriakhi chose the University of Connecticut to play for Hall of Fame coach Jim Calhoun. Alex started most of his freshman season, averaging 5.0 points and 6.6 rebounds per game. At the close of the season, he was named to the Big East Conference all-rookie team.
As a sophomore, Oriakhi raised his game to average 9.9 points, 8.7 rebounds (second in the Big East) and 1.6 blocks per game (7th in the Big East). Oriahki was the main post presence for the Huskies when they won the 2011 Big East Tournament and the 2011 NCAA Men’s Tournament. As a junior, Oriakhi saw his minutes decrease with the addition of highly recruited freshman Andre Drummond. Oriakhi’s production dropped as well, as he averaged 6.7 points and 4.8 rebounds per game.
After the season, Oriakhi announced his intentions to transfer to another school, citing the Huskies’ 2013 ban on postseason play. He will be eligible to play for his new school during the 2012–13 season. Ultimately Oriakhi transferred to Missouri where he would team up with AAU teammate Phil Pressey , seems like things have paid off, Oriakhi has made great improvements with his body as well as his workout with Pro/Elite skills trainer KP.
Look for Alex to play a major role, as Missouri looks to make another run towards the NCAA tournament.