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Alex Oriakhi

  • Full Name: Alex Oriakhi
  • Position: Power Forward
  • Height/Weight: 6-9 / 255
  • Birthdate: June 21, 1990
  • College: Missouri
Phoenix Suns Round 2: Pick 57

- Strength and bulk
- 7-3 wingspan
- Good hands
- Good finisher around the basket
- Solid rebounder
- Makes free throws
- Good shot blocker
- Competes

- Still emerging as an offensive player
- Height wise, could be undersized for an NBA four man

NBA projection
Oriakhi has been projected in the second-round to undrafted category, but NBA teams have been interested enough to bring him in for workouts. Oriakhi also has the benefit of training with three centers who have the same representation as he does and who have been projected as first-round picks—Jeff Withey (Kansas, Kelly Olynyk (Gonzaga) and Steve Adams (Pittsburgh). Oriakhi has an NBA body and is capable of providing defense and rebounding at the next level. Scoring is another matter, but he gained confidence in that department in his final season at Missouri.

2012-13 season
Oriakhi was able to transfer from Connecticut, which he helped lead to the NCAA tournament title in 2010-11, after the program was banned from postseason play in 2012-13 because of APR penalties. That allowed Oriakhi, as a senior, to transfer without penalty, and he chose Missouri. Oriakhi showed up at Mizzou without much confidence as an offensive player, but he was force fed the ball in the post by Tiger coach Frank Haith and by season's end was as effective as just about any big man in the country. In his last seven games, he made 40 of 46 shots from the field (.869).

Key statistics
11.2 ppg | 8.4 rpg | 1.5 bpg | 1.3 tpg | 25.8 mpg | .639 FG | .746 FT

Cool statistic
Oriakhi was the first Missouri big man to average more than eight rebounds and shoot better than 70 percent from the free-throw line since Doug Smith (1990-91).

Reminds me of...
Lavoy Allen

What Insiders Say
Missouri coach Frank Haith
"He had the respect of his teammates right away. 
I think you see Alex being more vocal in the locker room. Every great team has that locker room guy. Alex is becoming that for us. You've seen it on the court. He's learned how to channel his emotions in a positive way. I think that's really helped our team."

What Outsiders Say
LSU coach Johnny Jones
"I think Oriakhi is tough, not only on the defensive end where he is strong and physical inside, but also around the rim area. He's very capable of scoring there, especially when you help off those guys when [point guard Phil] Pressey drives in to make plays and penetrate. Oriakhi does a great job of finishing and getting to the rim and taking advantage of easy scoring opportunities."

-- Profile by Chris Dortch, editor of the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook. Follow him @cdortch