2013 NBA Draft Prospect Profile: Alex Oriakhi, Power Forward, Missouri

Mark Zerof-USA Today Sports

Name: Alex Oriakhi

Age: 22 (will be 23 by draft)

Height: 6-foot-9

Position: Power Forward

School/Country: Missouri

Latest Stats: 11.2 ppg, 8.4 rpg, 1.6 bpg

 

Alex Oriakhi began his collegiate career at UConn, but after three seasons with the Huskies he opted to transfer due to the program’s low APR scores. With UConn barred from the NCAA Tournament, Oriakhi found a new home with Missouri and he was deemed eligible immediately by the NCAA. In his lone season with the Tigers, Oriakhi averaged 11.2 points, 8.4 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game.

Known more so as a bruiser, Oriakhi has decent size for the power forward position, standing at 6-foot-9 and weighing in at 255 lbs. With a 7-foot-3 wingspan, Oriakhi has the ability to be a pest on the defensive end, although he could struggle in match-ups with more athletic big men. Oriakhi uses his physicality to his advantage and he can get to the free throw line and finish with contact. Oriakhi is another one of those fringe prospects heading into the 2013 NBA Draft and he will have to impress in workouts if he hopes to hear his name called on that final Thursday in June.

 

Strengths: Oriakhi has good size at 6-foot-9 and he brings with his game a nice sense of physicality. Oriakhi’s 7-foot-3 wingspan is a nice addition and it helps him be more of threat on the defensive end of the floor. He holds some similar characteristics to former UConn star Jeff Adrien.

 

Weaknesses: Oriakhi needs to round out his offensive game a bit more. His 11.2 points per game at Missouri this past season was the first time he finished in double-figures offensively in his career, so there has been progress. However, Oriakhi needs to consistently open up his face-up game and develop a range away from the basket.

 

Draft Projection: Late Second Round to Undrafted

 

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