The Toronto Raptors sent Solomon Alabi down for a third time to play because he wasn’t doing that with them, but he isn’t seeing much action in Erie, either.
Since returning to the BayHawks, the 7-foot, 1-inch rookie center out of Florida State has played fewer than 14 minutes in five of Erie’s last nine games. The BayHawks are 4-5 in those games and that includes the win they got today against Iowa, 138-118, in Tullio Arena.
Alabi had a point, two rebounds, two personal and attempted just one shot from the field in 5 minutes, three seconds of play today.
Erie is 11-9 with Alabi, 19-9 without him. He’s averaging seven points and five rebounds.
Alabi has started 15 games for Erie, but has been coming off the bench recently. Having 6-8 Erik Daniels gives the BayHawks more flexibility up front because he can score from all over and pass so Alabi is kind of the odd man out in terms of starting.
As for when he does get in the game, it’s tough for Alabi to blend in. Erie doesn’t really guards who get into the thick the defense and dish to big men.
If you’re a big for Erie, you need to have the ability to get your own shot, and Alabi isn’t polished enough to do that. His hands aren’t the best and when does get around the basket, Alabi gets stripped of the ball.
So that’s why he’s in the D-League because he needs work, but not sure how much work he’s going to get in games. If he sticks with Erie in the playoffs, that could be beneficial, but the BayHawks have established this rotation with their bigs with Ivan Johnson, Tasmin Mitchell and Daniels.
Plus former Gannon star forward Kyle Goldcamp is starting to get more minutes after not playing when Alabi initially returned.
Got to be tough on the big fella.