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UConn transfer Alex Oriakhi chooses Missouri

Connecticut's Alex Oriakhi reacts in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Marquette in Hartford, Conn., Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012.  (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)
Connecticut's Alex Oriakhi reacts in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Marquette in Hartford, Conn., Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill) ASSOCIATED PRESS

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.

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