HoopsHype Solomon Alabi rumors
Word has leaked that Solomon Alabi’s fall on draft night has been linked with a positive test for Hepatitis B. How that diagnosis affects Alabi’s pro career isn’t easily discernible, but the Raptors believe the kid will able to function, which might help explain why they forked over cash and a future second-round pick to Dallas to acquire the Nigerian-born big man’s rights with the 50th slot. Given the sensitive nature, the Raptors aren’t prepared to comment, but it’s widely known a red flag was attached to Alabi on draft night with talk of a medical condition hovering over the 7-foot-1 product of Florida State. According to one report, Alabi had a “rare medical condition,’’ which clearly discouraged teams from taking a prospect many had pegged as a first-rounder. Toronto Sun
Tzvi Twersky: Haven't seen it confirmed by Raptors or any Rap reporter, but am reading reports (tampabay.com) that Solomon Alabi has hepatitis B. Twitter
While Reid's selection was a mild surprise, Alabi's freefall was one of the biggest storylines of the draft. And it apparently developed after teams were notified about a rare medical condition that was only recently diagnosed during one of Alabi's pre- draft examinations. Many NBA analysts had Alabi pegged to go as a mid- to late-first round pick, but sources within the NBA confirmed late Thursday night that a communication was sent to each of the league's 30 teams detailing the condition. The ailment is not considered life-threatening, one NBA source said, but it might have compounded existing concerns about his lack of offensive production in college. Tallahassee Democrat
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