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32 - Solomon Alabi

Florida St. 

  • Birthday: 3/21/88
  • NBA Position: Center
  • Class: Sophomore
  • Ht: 7-1
  • Wt: 237
  • Hometown: Nigeria
  • High School: Montverde Acad.
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6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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8

Overall

89

2010
Mock:  50

NBA Comparison: Saer Sene/Boniface N'Dong

Strengths: The biggest strength Alabi has going for him are his physical tools ... 7'1, long and athletic, Alabi is the ideal protector of the rim that teams dream of having in regards to clogging the lane and preventing penetration ... Unlike most 7-footers, Alabi can adjust, position himself, use his immense wingspan and jump better than most centers his size ... These physical tools make him an excellent shot blocker on and off the ball, and a likely candidate for offensive tips and putbacks off misses ... He only averages around 2.3 fouls per game, a solid indicator that he positions himself correctly in regards to contesting shots ... Offensively he is capable of being productive, with the ability to hit the over the shoulder shot in the post, while taking advantage of his height and length ... He has the ability to hit medium to short range jump shots when facing up around the foul line extended, and if this aspect of his game can develop further, it will be a big asset to a team in that it will force his defender away from from the basket, opening things up underneath ... (his 79% from the ft line is a good indicator that his short range jumper can become more consistent) ... He can get up and down the floor more quickly than most players his size and has an active motor ...

Weaknesses: Alabi will have to bulk up, as GMs and coaches worry after seeing an unproductive rookie year from #2 pick Hasheem Thabeet ... Similar recent African first round centers such as Saer Sene and Thabeet remain on NBA team's minds ... Foot speed and reaction time are not at a high level ... Offensively, he does not have a diverse range of moves in the post, and relies too much on his height and length, which he won't be able to use as much against taller and stronger defenders at the next level ... He lacks the ability to put the ball on the floor and take his man off the dribble and his post moves appear mechanical ... Also not the most efficient passer out of the post ... He really struggles on the defensive glass for his size, averaging less than 4 defensive rebounds a game for likely the biggest guy on the floor ... He seems to get too comfortable as just a protector of the basket, and with the defensive 3 second rule in the NBA, he won't be able to just sit in front of the rim ... Will struggle against quicker and more agile centers ... Did not put up the shot blocking numbers that he appeared capable of despite having good agility is not quick off his feet ...

Overall:
There's no arguing that he has the potential to become a defensive centerpiece for a team that lacks a presence in the paint... He is capable of scoring on basic post moves right now, but this part of his game will be the toughest in terms of translating to success at the next level ... Like most 7-footers, he is a project and will be a backup for his first few years until his game expands on the offensive end, and until he adjusts to guarding bigger and stronger players on the defensive end ... While he has a positive track record off the court, there is some debate whether his age is 100% correct due to the fact that he's from Nigeria: facially he appears older. But most likely it won't be a factor in his draft status ... Some team in need of a shot blocker who has time to develop this mature, hard working, high character, and high energy center should take a chance on him somewhere in the late-first to early-second round ...

Jonathan Wasserman 5/11/10

Strengths:
Has really come a long way in a short time ... Intriguing bigman with great size and developing skills ... Has soft touch on his shot and has shown excellent improvement in his offensive game ... Comfortable shooting within 10 feet of the basket and can hit jumpers (out to 10-15 feet) as well as hook shots ... Excellent agility for a player his size ... A fluid athlete who gets up and down the floor well ... Has a chance to be very good if he continues to work hard and improve ... Great footwork for a center ... His post skills are showing a lot of improvement and his confidence is growing ... Aggressive attacking the basket and get a lot of dunks due to his length, and explosiveness ... Good hands, which is unusual for African born players ... Has a massive wingspan and a tremendous basketball body ... Has worked hard in the weight room and gained a great deal of strength. appears as though he can get a lot stronger too ... Length makes him a dominant defensive presence in the paint ... An effective shot blocker who's numbers (2.1 bpg in 22 mpg) can improve with more playing time ... Quality free throw shooter for a big man at 68%, which should improve ...

Weaknesses: Still a work in progress and has a ways to go before he figures out all that he's capable of ... Appears to struggle against 7-footers. Also can be thrown off some by physical players ... Gets himself in trouble at times by trying to do too much offensively, particularly putting the ball on the deck and trying to make a move to the basket ... At times looks awkward and his lack of a "feel" for the game and experience is apparent ... Still working to the point where making plays with the ball (passing, catching, reacting) becomes second nature ... Does not show very good passing ability yet nor vision ... Gets the ball stolen away when he doesn't keep the ball high ... Had a stress fracture in his foot as a freshman so there could be some question marks regarding his health, although he played his entire (redshirt) freshman season injury free ... He's already close to the age of a senior despite being just a sophomore, so detractors will point to that as a negative. Also being African will cause some to question his listed age, but by all accounts, it is correct ...
Notes: Scouts feel he has a great chance to be a better pro than #2 pick in 2009 Hasheem Thabeet ... Could be primed for a breakout sophomore season in 2009-10 ... Hasheem Thabeet’s potential struggles in the NBA could adversely affect his draft stock …

Aran Smith 9/23/09


Strengths: Solomon is a shot blocker extraordinaire with good timing off the ball. He was measured with a 7'3" wingspan, 9'1" standing reach, and this length helps him be an imposing presence on defense. He is a decent rebounder, and runs the floor well. He is developing his offensive game, and likes to use a baby hook that is pretty consistent around the paint with the right hand. He looks to be trying to develop the same shot with his left hand, but it's a little mechanical. He is a hard worker, and a bible student.

Weaknesses: Alabi is a project. His offensive game is very limited and he does not have much confidence with the ball in his hands. He also does not have a great shooting touch outside of 5-7 feet from the basket. Solomon seems to struggle banging in the paint as well, since his frame is so slight. He needs to add at least 30 pounds of bulk and continue to work on his post game.

Joshua Motenko - 8/3/2006


SEASON
TEAM
MIN
PTS
REB
AST
TO
A/T
STL
BLK
PF
FG%
FT%
3P%
PPS
2008-09 FSU 10.3 3.9 2.2 1.2 0.1 1.2 2 0.484 0.556 1.13
2008-09 FSU 22.3 8.4 5.6 0.3 1.6 0.21 0.5 2.1 1.9 0.54 0.68 1.31
2009-10 FSU 25.6 11.7 6.2 0.5 1.9 0.26 0.6 2.3 2.3 0.534 0.794 1.5
PerGame 22.3 9.3 5.5 0.4 1.7 0.2 0.5 2.1 2.1 0.534 0.745 1.39

SEASON
TEAM
GP
MIN
FG
FGA
FTM
FTA
3PM
3PA
PTS
OFF
DEF
TOT
AST
TO
STL
BLK
PF
2007-08 FSU 9 93 15 31 5 9 35 8 12 20 11 1 11 18
2008-09 FSU 35 779 122 226 51 75 1 295 75 122 197 12 56 18 73 65
2009-10 FSU 32 820 133 249 108 136 374 79 119 198 16 61 20 75 75
Totals 76 1692 270 506 164 220 1 704 162 253 415 28 128 39 159 158

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