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June 24, 2010

Alabi, Reid taken in NBA Draft

Florida State's Solomon Alabi was selected with the 50th overall selection by the Dallas Mavericks and teammate Ryan Reid was selected with the 57th overall selection by the Indiana Pacers in the 2010 NBA Draft at Madison Square Garden. Alabi's draft rights were traded to the Toronto Raptors for a future second-round draft pick and financial considerations. Reid's draft rights and cash were traded to Oklahoma City for the draft rights to fellow 2010 NBA Draft pick Magnum Rolle.

It marked the first time since the 1993 season when Douglas Edwards and Sam Cassell were selected that two Seminoles were picked in the same draft.

Alabi and Reid become the sixth and seventh Seminoles in the last six years to be selected in either the first or second round of the NBA Draft. They joined All-American Al Thornton (by the Los Angeles Clippers) in 2007 and All-American Toney Douglas (by the Los Angeles Lakers) in 2009 as recent Seminoles to be selected in the last three seasons of the NBA Draft.

Alabi became the 17th and Reid the 18th Seminoles selected in either the first or second round in the history of the Seminole program and third and fourth players selected in the last four seasons.

Said ESPN College Basketball Expert Jay Bilas: "This is a nice pick-up for Dallas. He has a 7-5 wingspan. He is a shot blocker, a pretty good rebounder and he can step away and hit a face up jumper. He has good hands; he can catch. He is not a physical player but he is not afraid either. He can catch and shoot the ball around the elbows. He can run, he can block shots and his ability to step away and knock a shot down is impressive. He's got some tools that will make him an NBA player."

Alabi led the Seminoles to the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive season in 2010 as he averaged a career high 11.7 points, a career-high 6.2 rebounds and a career-high 2.3 blocked shots per game as a sophomore in 2010. He led the Seminoles with a career-high .794 free throw shooting percentage and ranked second on the team with a .534 field goal shooting percentage.

Alabi blocked a single season career-high 75 shots in 32 games for a career-high 2.3 blocked shots per game average in 2010 as he became the first Seminole to lead the ACC in blocked shots in consecutive seasons and only the ninth player in ACC history to lead the league in blocked shots in back to back seasons. Alabi became only the seventh freshman in ACC history to lead the nation's best league in blocked shots when he did so during the 2009 season

One of the top defenders in the ACC, Alabi was one of only three players in the ACC to be named to the ACC All-Defensive Team in both 2009 and 2010. His incredible defensive effort helped the Seminoles lead the ACC in field goal percentage defense (.377), scoring defense (60.4 points allowed per game) and blocked shots per game (6.3 per game) in 2010.

Reid, a senior who earned his bachelor's degree in social science in May of 2010, was Florida State's team captain this past year.

Reid averaged a career-high 6.8 points (sixth on the team), 4.0 rebounds (fourth), and 22.7 minutes played per game (fifth) while blocking 16 shots (fourth) and appearing in 31 of the Seminoles' 32 games during the 2009-10 season. He started 29 games - the fourth highest total on the team - to bring his career totals to 126 games played (fifth highest total in school history) and 66 career games started. Reid started the Seminoles' first eight games and their final 21 games of the season to total his career-high of 29 starts as he started 66 of the final 82 games of his career.

Said Bilas About Reid: "He is a rebounder, a tough guy, sets screens. Good for him."

The selections of Alabi and Reid gives Florida State its sixth and seventh NBA Draft picks in the last seven years under head coach Leonard Hamilton. All-ACC guard Tim Pickett was a second round selection of the New Orleans Hornets in 2004, guard Von Wafer was a second round selection of the Los Angeles Lakers in 2005, forward Alexander Johnson was the second round selection of the Indianapolis Pacers in 2006, Thornton as the first round pick of the Los Angeles Clippers in 2007 and Douglas was the first round pick of the Los Angeles Lakers in 2009.

With seven picks NBA Draft selections in his first eight seasons as Florida State's head coach, Hamilton has now coached 46 players who have been selected in the NBA Draft.

Under Hamilton, the Seminoles are the fourth winningest program in the ACC in the last five seasons and average 9.6 conference wins per season in the last five years including 10-win conference seasons in both 2009 and 2010.

Seminoles' Draft Choices Under Leonard Hamilton

Year    Player              Round     NBA Team
2004    Tim Pickett         2nd       New Orleans
2005    Von Wafer           2nd       Los Angeles Lakers
2006    Alexander Johnson   2nd       Indiana Pacers
2007    Al Thornton         1st       Los Angeles Clippers
2009    Toney Douglas       1st       Los Angeles Lakers
2010    Solomon Alabi       2nd       Dallas Mavericks
2010    Ryan Reid           2nd       Indiana Pacers  



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