Alex Oriakhi

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Alex Oriakhi
No. 22 – BC Pieno žvaigždės
Position Power forward
League Lithuanian Basketball League
Personal information
Born (1990-06-21) June 21, 1990 (age 24)
Lowell, Massachusetts
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight 255 lb (116 kg)
Career information
High school Tilton School
(Tilton, New Hampshire)
College Connecticut (2009–2012)
Missouri (2012–2013)
NBA draft 2013 / Round: 2 / Pick: 57th overall
Selected by the Phoenix Suns
Pro career 2013–present
Career history
2013 Limoges CSP (France)
2013 Hapoel Holon (Israel)
2013–2014 Erie BayHawks (D-League)
2014 Sioux Falls Skyforce (D-League)
2014–present Pieno Žvaigždės (Lithuania)
Career highlights and awards

Alex Oriakhi, Jr. (pronounced Or-e-ah-ki; born June 21, 1990) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for Pieno Žvaigždės of the Lithuanian Basketball League. He was the starting center for the Connecticut Huskies' 2010–11 NCAA championship team. He transferred to the University of Missouri for his senior year. He was selected with the 57th overall pick in the 2013 NBA draft by the Phoenix Suns.

High school career[edit]

Oriakhi played at the Fessenden School before playing for the Tilton School in Tilton, New Hampshire. As a senior, he was named a McDonald's All-American, a Parade All-American[1] and the Gatorade player of the year for New Hampshire.

Considered a five-star recruit by Rivals.com, Oriakhi was listed as the No. 3 center and the No. 21 player in the nation in 2009.[2]

Oriakhi chose the University of Connecticut to play for Hall of Fame coach Jim Calhoun.

College career[edit]

He 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.[3]

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). He was the main post presence for the Huskies as 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. His production dropped as well as he averaged 6.7 points and 4.8 rebounds per game.[4]

After the season, Oriakhi announced his intention to transfer to another school, citing the Huskies' 2013 ban on postseason play. Because Connecticut's postseason ban covered his entire remaining eligibility (one season), he was eligible to play for his new school during the 2012–13 season.[5] Ultimately Oriakhi transferred to Missouri.[6] During his time at Missouri, he scored 11.2 points, grabbed 8.4 rebounds, and recorded 1.6 blocks per game in 25.8 minutes of play for 34 games.

Professional career[edit]

2013–14 season[edit]

On June 27, 2013, Oriakhi was selected by the Phoenix Suns in the 2013 NBA draft with the 57th overall pick. In July 2013, he joined the Suns for the 2013 NBA Summer League. On August 2, 2013, he signed his first professional contract with Limoges CSP of the LNB Pro A.[7] On November 6, 2013, he parted ways with Limoges after just six games.[8] Four days later, he signed with Hapoel Holon of Israel.[9] In December 2013, he left Israel and returned to the United States.[10]

On December 19, 2013, he was acquired by the Erie BayHawks of the NBA Development League.[11] On February 8, 2014, he was traded to the Sioux Falls Skyforce.[12] He went on to earn NBA D-League All-Rookie first team honors.

2014–15 season[edit]

On July 12, 2014, Oriakhi's rights were traded to the Sacramento Kings in exchange for Isaiah Thomas.[13] When the trade was officially completed, Oriakhi would help the Kings win the 2014 NBA Summer League competition in Las Vegas. On September 20, 2014, he signed with Pieno Žvaigždės of Lithuania for the 2014–15 season.[14]

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