October 29, 2009 - by
Alabi Named To Naismith List

Oct. 29, 2009

Florida State University sophomore Solomon Alabi, who became just the seventh freshman in ACC history to lead the league in blocked shots during the 2009 season, has been named to the Naismith Trophy Preseason Watch List by the Atlanta Tip-Off Club. The award is presented annually to the nation’s top collegiate player.

Alabi, who was named to the Wooden Award Watch List earlier this season, is one of only 12 sophomores and one of only nine players from the ACC named to the Naismith Award Watch List.

The Naismith Award Watch List was compiled by the Atlanta Tipoff Club’s Board of Selectors which based its criteria on player performances from the 2008-09 season and expectations for the 2009-10 season. The Naismith Trophy is presented by AT&T and will be awarded at the 2010 NCAA Men’s Final Four in Indianapolis, Ind. Blake Griffin of Oklahoma won the award in 2009.

Alabi was the only freshman named to the All-ACC Defensive Team and was named to the All-ACC Freshman team in 2009. He was also named to the All-ACC Tournament Second-Team as he helped lead the Seminoles to the ACC Tournament championship game for the first time in school history. Following their appearance in the championship game of the ACC Tournament, the Seminoles earned a No. 5 seed in the NCAA Tournament.

Solomon Alabi has the length and presence to disrupt a game on the defensive end,” said ESPN college basketball expert Andy Katz. “But what separates Alabi from other players with similar ability is his desire to not just be another lanky center who gets drafted on potential. Alabi could have left for the NBA Draft last spring and likely would have been taken somewhere in the first round.”

Alabi averaged 8.4 points (second on the team), 5.6 rebounds (first), 2.1 blocked shots (first) and shot a team leading .540 from the field in his first full season as a Seminole. He ranked third on the team in total minutes played (779), fifth in average minutes played per game (22.3), as the leader and one of only two players on the team to shoot 50 percent or better from the field for the season, was fourth on the team in free throws made and attempted, led the team in offensive rebounds (75/2.1 orpg), defensive rebounds (122/3.5 drpg) and total rebounds (197/5.6 rpg), and had 18 steals. Alabi blocked at least one shot in 32 of the Seminoles’ 35 games and had multiple blocked shots in 22 of Florida State’s 35 games

“Mark this name down: Solomon Alabi. He may very well be the next great thing,” said Bob Ryan of the Boston Globe during the 2008-09 season. “I have seen the future of bigs and his name is Solomon Alabi.”

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2009-10 Naismith Trophy Preseason Watch List:
Last Name       First Name      School              Position
Alabi           Solomon         Florida State       Center
Aldrich         Cole            Kansas              Center
Aminu           Al-Farouq       Wake Forest         Forward
Anderson        James           Oklahoma State      Guard
Babbitt         Luke            Nevada              Forward
Battle          Talor           Penn State          Guard
Booker          Trevor          Clemson             Forward
Bouldin         Matt            Gonzaga             Guard
Brackins        Craig           Iowa State          Forward
Bradley         Avery           Texas               Guard
Butler          Da'Sean         West Virginia       Forward
Christopher     Patrick         California          Guard
Collins         Sherron         Kansas              Guard
Davis           Ed              North Carolina      Forward
Downey          Devan           South Carolina      Guard
Dyson           Jerome          Connecticut         Guard
Ebanks          Devin           West Virginia       Forward
Favors          Derrick         Georgia Tech        Forward
Harangody       Luke            Notre Dame          Forward
Harris          Manny           Michigan            Guard
Hayward         Gordon          Butler              Guard/Forward
Hayward         Lazar           Marquette           Forward
Henry           Xavier          Kansas              Guard
Hummel          Robbie          Purdue              Forward
James           Damion          Texas               Guard/Forward
Jordan          Jerome          Tulsa               Center
Landesberg      Sylven          Virginia            Guard
Lawal           Gani            Georgia Tech        Forward
Lucas           Kalin           Michigan State      Guard
Mitchell        Tasmin          LSU                 Forward
Monroe          Greg            Georgetown          Center
Ogilvy          A.J.            Vanderbilt          Center
Patterson       Patrick         Kentucky            Forward
Randle          Jerome          California          Guard
Reynolds        Scottie         Villanova           Guard
Samuels         Samardo         Louisville          Forward
Sanders         Larry           VCU                 Forward
Singler         Kyle            Duke                Forward
Smith           Tyler           Tennessee           Guard/Forward
Thomas          Isaiah          Washington          Guard
Turner          Evan            Ohio State          Guard/Forward
Ubiles          Edwin           Siena               Guard/Forward
Varnado         Jarvis          Mississippi St      Forward
Vasquez         Greivis         Maryland            Guard
Walker          Kemba           Connecticut         Guard
Wall            John            Kentucky            Guard
Warren          Willie          Oklahoma            Guard
White           Terrico         Mississippi         Guard
Wise            Nic             Arizona             Guard
Wright          Chris           Dayton              Forward

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