Solomon Alabi (Florida State)
7'1, C, 240 lbs.
Alabi's defensive impact should translate due to his length and athleticism. At 7'1, he can set the tone in the paint by blocking shots, disrupting passing lanes, and provide a defensive backbone for an aggressive perimeter defense.
Offensively, Alabi is nothing to write home about. He gets most of his points on lobs, offensive rebounds, and transition play. He does have a nice right-hand hook over his left shoulder, but does not show a productive counter-move limiting it's use. Occasionally, he shows a turn-around jumper or a face-up jumper, but does not look comfortable doing so. Alabi forecasts his moves as he is very robotic in the post and lacks passing ability out of it.
He shines on help defense though. He blocks shots using great timing which causes hesitancy in going into the lane against him at all. Unfortunately, he's not a great rebounder for his size, and offensive post players can use their bodies to shield him off as he lacks the lower leg strength to hold his ground.
Alabi has a great work ethic, is relatively new to the game, and is a great teammate. He has increased strength significantly and in general looks much more fluid. Compared to some of the other center prospects, Alabi might be picked up higher based on his coachability.
How does his game translate to the NBA?
Right now, Alabi's shot blocking ability and length should transfer to the NBA. With added strength, he could be a good player down the road. Alabi needs to play on a fast-paced team that does not need offense from the Center position. His game and build is eerily similar to Samuel Dalembert of the 76ers. A team should draft him somewhere between the late-lottery and late first round.
How does he fit on the Bulls?
With Noah already being here and having a similar build, I feel that Alabi is redundant. While you can never have enough size and I love Alabi's shot blocking ability along with his humble coachability, I am not willing to take him over other players in this deep draft. However, even though Daniel Orton and Hassan Whiteside provide higher upside, Alabi is a safer choice and the player I would rather have. Overall, a nice prospect for pick 17, but not someone for the Bulls.