Mar 9, 2013; Knoxville, TN, USA; Tennessee Volunteers guard Josh Richardson (1) and Missouri Tigers forward Alex Oriakhi (42) battle for the ball during the second half at Thompson Boling Arena. Tennessee won 64-62. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

Alex Oriakhi Signs With French Team


Alex Oriakhi has signed a contract to play with the Limoges CSP in France. Oriakhi  was originally picked by the Suns with the 57th pick in the 2013 draft, but went with the contract in Europe instead. This made sense for him. It is highly unlikely he was going to make the Suns roster. As a college player, he started at the University of Connecticut, but later switched to Missouri, where he averaged 11.2 points, 8.4 rebounds, and 1.6 blocks in 25.8 minutes, He did not perform well as a part of the Suns Summer League, where the 6’9″ forward put up 2.3 points and 1.6 rebound per game

Add to that the fact that another 6’9″ big man outshined Oriakhi. Arinze Onuaku was fighting hard to get a roster spot with the Suns, putting up nearly 7 points and 6.4 rebounds in his Summer League showing. The Markieff Morris would also have gotten the bulk of minutes at power forward. Michael Beasley is big enough to play the 4 too, and Channing Frye may well be playing next season. That spot was likely too jammed for Oriakhi to get any time on the court. Overall, he simply was not going to make the cut on the Suns roster, so taking a contract to play in Europe was the best decision.

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