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Rookies looking absolutely terrified during their introductory press conference.

A quick update on your rookies:

First, checking in on Solomon Alabi’s debut weekend with the Erie BayHawks.

In Friday’s contest, the BayHawks netted the 109-71 victory over the Springfield Armor. Alabi had a great debut game with 13 points, seven rebounds and seven blocked shots in 27 minutes of action.

He didn’t fare as well on Saturday, as the BayHawks fell to the Armor, 94-98. In the second game of the back-to-back, Alabi scored eight points, but shot just 1-for-6 from the floor. He did hit six of his eight free throw attempts and added eight rebounds as well as two blocked shots.

Now, Ed Davis.

All signs point to Ed Davis joining his teammate in Erie. Before the Raptors 102-101 victory against the Boston Celtics, Raptors General Manager Bryan Colangelo addressed the media about the trade that went down Saturday afternoon and he mentioned that Davis could be assigned to the BayHawks as early as today to get a week’s worth of practice in with the team.

I spoke with Davis after practice on Saturday and he told me he’s able to do pretty much everything on the court without any restrictions. When asked about getting back onto the court, the rookie couldn’t keep the smile from spreading over his face.

He said his first practice was in Miami the day after the Raptors loss to the Heat and that, “It was a weird feeling. My first NBA practice. It’s a good thing to get back out there.”

Davis also said that he is wearing a different brace that’s smaller and a lot lighter.

Good news all around for the Raptors’ pair of rookies. Playing in the D-League provides the reps and experience that they won’t be able to get sitting at the end of the Raptors’ bench. Now that David Andersen has been sent to New Orleans, there is more room for Davis to earn minutes in the rotation after he gets conditioned and cleared for game action.