Nerlens Noel tweets that Cats need Alex Oriakhi

Alex Oriakhi

UPDATE: Jeff Goodman of CBS Sports tweets: “Somewhat surprisingly, Alex Oriakhi told CBSSports that he still plans to visit Kentucky next weekend after Nerlens Noel’s commitment.”

After making his announcement that he would sign with Kentucky, Nerlens Noel took to twitter last night to do some recruiting.

The freshman-to-be center tweeted: “#BBN we needa get @aoriakhi34 to join !! Show him love !! #WeAreUK”

That would be Alex Oriakhi, the Connecticut forward who has received a scholarship release from the Huskies and plans to transfer. A member of UConn’s national title team in 2011, Oriakhi is eligible to play immediately because Connecticut is banned from the 2013 NCAA Tournament because of poor APR scores.

Oriakhi met with UK coach John Calipari last week. He is also friends with Missouri’s Phil Pressey from days as AAU teammates and met with Tigers’ coach Frank Haith last week. He is expected to visit Columbia this weekend.

North Carolina and Xavier are also on Oriakhi’s consideration list.

Former Louisville assistant Tim Fuller, now at Missouri, could play a key role in Oriakhi’s recruitment.

“He’s been tremendous,” Oriakhi told the Kansas City Star.

As for Oriakhi’s meeting with Calipari, Oriakhi told Zagsblog, ““He would like for me to come in and lead right away and I definitely feel he was honest. He did present Kentucky very well. He talked about how the basketball players have a high GPA so he values education with his players. I think it really went well. … He just told me he has two players returning. . . . He has nobody.”

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