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2010 NBA Draft Scouting Report: Solomon Alabi


Written by Paul Banks of NBC Chicago and the Washington Times, and David Kay of the The Sports Bank.
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2010 NBA Draft Scouting Report: Solomon Alabi


Position: Center

Size: 7-1, 250

School: Florida State, Sophomore


Strengths:
  • Size that every NBA team covets
  • Extrememly long
  • Shot blocking
  • Alters a lot of shots in the paint
  • Effectively uses hook shot
  • Above average athleticism for a 7-footer
  • Has showed steady improvement in his two years at Florida State
  • Great upside



    Weaknesses:
  • Offensive game is still very raw
  • Must work on his mid-range/face-up game
  • Looks uncomfortable when the ball is in his hands on the perimeter
  • Sometimes over-aggressive as a shot blocker leaving the weak side open
  • Needs to get stronger
  • Footwork needs to improve on both ends especially defensively when guarding outside the paint
  • Will have to become better in pick and roll situations at the next level.

    Summary: Anytime a player is 7-1 and has shown the potential of Alabi, NBA scouts have their interest piqued. Alabi is still a work in progress and probably will not be ready to contribute in the NBA right away, but his potential and size will likely get him several late first-round looks. I still think he would have been better off returning to school and working on his offensive game, likely assuring him a spot in next year's lottery.

    Player Comparison: Johan Petro. Petro was the 25th pick in the 2005 NBA Draft solely due to his size and potential. Alabi is in the same category and figures to be taken around the same area, although he is probably more seasoned with his game than Petro was when he entered the league. For Alabi to have a more productive NBA career than Petro, his offensive game must improve and he will need to become stronger and more physical. If not, he will be nothing more than a backup center just like Petro.



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    Written by Paul Banks of NBC Chicago and the Washington Times, and David Kay of the The Sports Bank.
    Send Paul an e-mail here: paulb05 AT hotmail DOT com.
    All other e-mail, including advertising and link proposals, send to: wpc112@gmail.com




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