Toronto Raptors Assign Alabi to Jam

BAKERSFIELD, January 4, 2012 – Bakersfield’s NBA affiliate, the Toronto Raptors, have assigned second-year center Solomon Alabi to the Jam, the team announced today. The assignment marks the 18th time in the 2011-12 season an NBA player has been assigned to an NBA D-League affiliate, and it is the first assignment to the Jam this season.

“Everyone involved in the process, the agent, the organization and the player all feel that Solomon needs an opportunity to play if he is going to develop to his highest potential,” said Raptors President and General Manager Bryan Colangelo. “Bakersfield is down a big man or two right now and I'm told they are certainly pleased that Solomon is available for them.”

Alabi appeared in 12 games with the Raptors last season, averaging 0.5 points, 1.2 rebounds and 0.2 blocks in 4.9 minutes. He also spent time with the Erie BayHawks, Toronto’s NBA D-League affiliate last year, where he averaged 7.2 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks in 22 games. Alabi was drafted by the Dallas Mavericks in the second round of the 2010 NBA Draft and traded to Toronto.

“I was at the camp in Nigeria where Solomon first picked up a basketball and it is amazing how things have come full circle,” said Head Coach Will Voigt. “We are excited to work with the Raptors to help Solomon continue his development as a player.”

A 7-1 252 lbs center out of Florida State, Alabi averaged 11.7 points, 6.2 rebounds, and 2.3 blocks in 32 games in his final year. Named to the All-ACC Defensive Team as a sophomore and red-shirt freshman, Alabi ranks first all-time in school history in blocks with 2.1 bpg and 18th in field goal percentage with a .534 FG % in 77 career games.

Alabi joins the Jam in time for Bakersfield’s game in Los Angeles tonight against the D-Fenders at 7 p.m. PT.