Alex Oriakhi, PF, Missouri
A transfer from Connecticut, Oriakhi was allowed to play immediately at Missouri after his former school was ruled ineligible for postseason play due to NCAA infractions. Oriakhi is a tough, defensive-minded center who was a rotation player on the 2011 National Champions. At Missouri he appeared leaner than his earlier career, giving him greater agility and allowing him to use his 7-foot-3 wingspan to block shots and contest opponents. Despite being just 6-foot-9 Oriakhi is an excellent rebounder (8.4 points per game as a senior. He had 11 boards in the NCAA title game against Butler in 2011. Most mock drafts have Oriakhi as a late second-round selection or going undrafted.
“He can play center or power forward, has good hands and is an effective pick-and-roll player (shot 79% as roll man last season),” Jacob Stallard of NBA Draft.net wrote. “He has a good, strong body for an NBA power forward.”
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