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UConn big man who considered UK will transfer to Missouri

Connecticut big man Alex Oriakhi, who had been considering transferring to Kentucky, told CBS Sports on Friday evening that he will be resuming his college basketball career at Missouri.

Oriakhi, a 6-foot-9 forward, who was a key contributor for Connecticut's national title team in 2011, reportedly met with Kentucky Coach John Calipari last week and said earlier this week that he planned to visit UK. That statement came even after the Cats received a commitment from high school big man Nerlens Noel on Wednesday night.

That all changed quickly Friday when Oriakhi announced Missouri is where he'll play out his final season of eligibility.

Upon choosing the Tigers, Oriakhi told CBS Sports, "They don't have a big man, and I can play with a pass-first point guard. It felt too good to be true."

Oriakhi was referring to Tigers point guard Phil Pressey, who averaged 6.4 assists this past season. The two are friends from their days as AAU teammates.

Oriakhi is eligible to play immediately at Missouri because Connecticut is banned from the 2013 NCAA Tournament over poor academic scores.

LSU hires coach

LSU has hired North Texas coach Johnny Jones, an LSU alum, to lead the Tigers.

Jones played in the 1981 Final Four for LSU, then was an assistant coach with LSU's 1986 Final Four squad. He will replace Trent Johnson, who left LSU after four seasons to become TCU's head coach.

Jones has coached North Texas for the past 11 seasons, going 190-146 and winning the Sun Belt Conference Tournament title twice.

Two turn pro

Florida guard Bradley Beal and Connecticut center Andre Drummond have declared for the NBA Draft.

Drummond averaged 10 points for the Huskies as a freshman this season while leading the team in rebounding at 7.6 per game.

Beal averaged 14.8 points, 6.7 rebounds and 2.2 assists as a freshman and made the first-team All-Southeastern Conference team.

Man who accused Fine says he lied

A Maine man says he lied when he accused former Syracuse assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine of molesting him.

Zachary Tomaselli said that he fabricated the allegations and took pride in his ability to convince people his claims were true. He told The Associated Press he's a "habitual liar and sociopath" who lacks feelings for others.

Two other men made accusations against Fine but prosecutors say too much time had passed to consider charges related to their allegations.

Fine has not been charged and has denied the abuse claims. His attorney declined comment Friday.

Tomaselli begins serving a prison sentence next week for molesting a boy in Maine.

Zollo will transfer

Vinny Zollo will transfer from Western Kentucky University, the College Heights Herald reported.

The rising sophomore forward, who played at Clark County and committed to UK as a high school freshman, has been released from his scholarship. Zollo appeared in all 35 games this season, starting 14 of them. He finished with averages of 3.7 points and 2.9 rebounds.

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