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Alex Oriakhi to transfer to Missouri

Updated: April 14, 2012, 11:21 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

Connecticut forward Alex Oriakhi will transfer to Missouri, the Tigers announced Friday.

The 6-foot-9, 245-pound Oriakhi will provide an instant inside presence to a Missouri team that had only one player taller than 6-8 last season. Oriakhi blocked 166 shots in 109 games at UConn.

"Missouri needs a center, and I'm going to be the center," he told the Kansas City Star. "It's a perfect match."

He has one year of eligibility and can play immediately because UConn is banned ...

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