Sixers add size by signing Koshwal, Alabi

Sixers add size by signing Koshwal, Alabi

Sixers begin first training camp under Brett Brown

September 28, 2013, 6:45 pm
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Mac Koshwal (left) played collegiately for DePaul, while Solomon Alabi played for Florida State. (AP)

The Sixers are depleted up front with Arnett Moultrie undergoing ankle surgery on Thursday and Kwame Brown dealing with a strained right hamstring (see story).

Saturday, when the team started training camp (see story), the Sixers added two players with size to their training camp roster: Solomon Alabi and Nayal “Mac” Koshwal.  

Alabi (7-foot-1) was originally the 50th overall pick by the Mavericks in the 2010 NBA draft before his rights were traded to the Raptors. The 25-year-old played two seasons for Toronto in 2010-11 and 2011-12.  Last season, Alabi played for the Idaho Stampede of the NBA Development League and Ikaros Chalkidas of the Greek League.  

“I am excited to come out here and play,” Alabi said. “I see it as an opportunity and I am excited that they invited me to come out here and play. I think I can make this roster. I just have to play hard and work hard every day and stick to the system.”

Alabi was an early entry candidate following his redshirt sophomore season at Florida State, during which he averaged 11.7 points per game, 6.2 rebounds and 2.3 blocks.  

The Nigerian-born Alabi was twice named to the ACC All-Defensive Team.
Koshwal (6-foot-10) was also an early entry candidate for the 2010 draft following his junior season at DePaul, during which he averaged 16.1 points per game, 10.1 rebounds and two assists.

The Sudanese-born Koshwal was one of three Big East players to average a double-double that season.

Last year, Koshwal did not make an NBA roster.

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