Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Meet Alex Oriakhi
Alex Oriakhi is a chiseled 6-8, 225 pound beast in the paint. He is a rebounding machine and has developed a 15-foot jumper to his arsenal. He works well in traffic and doesn’t shy away from contact in the paint. While he isn’t athletic due to his bulk, he knows how to finish strong. If he plays with a sense of urgency, then he is an unstoppable force and he’s shown the ability to stick with a play and makes the hustle plays, fighting through box outs for offensive boards and tip ins. He doesn’t have the footwork yet to pull off any advanced moves and gets called for traveling often, but he has a solid base of skills with a drop step, turnaround jumper, and can extend for reverse lay-ups. On the defensive end, he has tremendous upside though he tends to leave his feet early. He should fit in nicely with the departure of Jeff Adrien.