Raptors Assign Alabi to BayHawks

Erie, Pennsylvania, Monday, November 15 – The Toronto Raptors have assigned 7-foot-1, 250 pounds center Solomon Alabi to their NBA Development League Affiliate, the Erie BayHawks. Alabi, a rookie out of Florida State, will participate in the team’s practice on Tuesday and be in uniform for Erie on Opening Night this Friday.

The Raptors acquired Alabi (all-AH-bee) via a draft night trade with the Dallas Mavericks on June 24 for a 2013 conditional second-round pick and cash considerations. He was selected in the second round, 50th overall by the Mavericks in the 2010 NBA draft.

Alabi, 22, made his Raptors debut Saturday at Miami, going scoreless in eighteen seconds of action. He participated in five preseason contests, totaling 10 points and five rebounds in 24 minutes. He played for the Raptors’ entry in the 2010 Las Vegas Summer League where he averaged 8.2 points, 5.0 rebounds and 18 minutes in five games. He shot .565 (13-23) from the field and .938 (15-16) from the foul line.

Alabi was named All-ACC Defensive Team in two full seasons at FSU. He started all 67 games, leading the Seminoles to the NCAA Tournament twice and the ACC Tournament Championship Game as a redshirt freshman. He averaged a school record 2.1 blocked shots per game for his career. He also shot .534 per cent from the field in his two-plus seasons with the Seminoles.

A native of Nigeria, Alabi averaged a team-best 11.7 points, 6.2 rebounds and 2.3 blocks in 32 games in 2009-10 campaign. He scored in double figures 18 times, including a career-high 22 points twice, in back-to-back games against Georgia State and Auburn. He also blocked a career-best seven shots against Boston College.

The BayHawks training camp continues this week as they prepare to tip-off the season with back-to-back games this Friday and Saturday versus the Springfield Armor at 7pm. Erie opens the season at home for the first time in franchise history.

Tickets still remain for opening weekend and can be purchased by contacting the BayHawks at 790-5600, in person at the Tullio Arena box office or online at ticketmaster.com.