NHR Top 100: #64 Alex Oriakhi, C, UConn

25 Aug

By Justin Young
National Hoops Report

Number 64 – Alex Oriakhi, C, Jr., UConn

In basketball, we love a good cliché. Oriakhi is a winner and a grinder. There, I feel better. Cliché is out of the way for the day.

Truth be told, Oriakhi is exactly the cliché used to describe him. He won in high school. He’s been sized up for a National Championship ring. Oriakhi has also been on teams that no one really gave much of a chance. His blue collar work (crap, there’s another cliché) is an anchoring point to that team’s success.

Oriakhi is a better rebounder than Stanley Robinson, Hasheem Thabeet, Josh Boone and Hilton Armstrong – all NBA draft picks – at the same point in their collective careers.

He’s not an offensive dynamo. He hasn’t been asked to be that guy for Jim Calhoun.

He may be asked to score more, maybe 13 points a game. Offensively, Oriakhi needs to work on the total game in the low blocks. His free throw shooting needs major work. But the value on the glass and as a shot-blocker, moreover and a low-post defender far outweigh his offensive deficiencies.

2010-2011 STATS: 9.6 ppg, 8.7 rpg, 1.1 TO, 1.6 bpg, 50.7% FG

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