Strong bond exists between Raptors exec and draft hopeful
Old 06-16-2010, 07:33 AM   #1 (permalink)
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It was on the dirt basketball courts of Nigeria that Masai Ujiri first saw Solomon Alabi, a gangly, untrained, 6-foot-9 teenaged bundle of promise and potential.

Alabi was precisely the kind of youngster the Raptors assistant general manager of player personnel wanted to reach in his goal of developing the sport he loves in the country of his birth, a kid who was hungry to learn but lacked the opportunity, possibly destined to live a life of unrealized athletic potential.

As he stood in the Raptors’ practice facility Tuesday afternoon, just after Alabi had taken another step on an improbable journey from those dirt courts to the NBA by going through an NBA pre-draft workout, Ujiri beamed.

And rightfully so.

Alabi, now a 7-foot-1 Florida State sophomore likely to be picked in the first round of next week’s NBA draft, represents one of the true success stories of Ujiri’s work to make the sport relevant and the opportunities great for African teenagers.

“He meant a lot in my life,” Alabi said of Ujiri. “When I started playing basketball in a small town (Kaduna) where not too many people knew about basketball and only a few people played basketball, Masai did a camp in my town and . . . that’s when I started getting exposed to basketball.”
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Old 06-16-2010, 07:49 AM   #2 (permalink)
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good defensive player and played for a defense oriented team, good back up center
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Old 06-16-2010, 09:44 AM   #3 (permalink)
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good defensive player and played for a defense oriented team, good back up center
I like him also, but i would probably go with Hassan Whiteside just personal choice, but look good serving as a backup, Man cant wait till 2K11 so i can see all these guys in action
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Old 06-16-2010, 09:57 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Whiteside won't be there with a second possible pick
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Old 06-16-2010, 10:03 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Whiteside won't be there with a second possible pick
yeah your probably right, well i would for sure take Solomon if he was there absolutley
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Old 06-16-2010, 10:59 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Alabi = Thabeet 2.0
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Alabi = Thabeet 2.0
yup
but its smarter to take him late first than #2 pick
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yeah my man, and look how Thabeet turned out to be, well he is only young and he will develop, but Big Men are just High Bust Potentials especially 7 footers
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Old 06-16-2010, 11:45 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Im so relieved, i thought the player was gonna be andy rautins. I will lose it


there are a few other bigs in this draft i would like the raps to get with an aquired late first or second rounder

Keith gallon, gani lowel, jarvis varnado and brackens too though he seems to be moving up on some . Gallons my favorate though, Bargnani with tits and rebounding ability, a huge body and defintely worth a second(i would use a late first on him).
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Old 06-16-2010, 09:12 PM   #10 (permalink)
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My cousin has spent a lot of time scouting Alabi, and he wa talking to me about his potential being his greatest strength. He might be a slow starter, but in a few years he will be good.
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Old 06-16-2010, 10:40 PM   #11 (permalink)
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^^not one of those again
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