The Raptors are hoping that Pape Sow is able to sow the seeds of a long career down on the farm.
Sow, a second-year forward, admitted yesterday that the Raptors have decided to ship him to the Arkansas RimRockers, the club's affiliate in the NBA Development League, marking the first time that the team has sent a player to the farm.
Sow, who has missed all but one game of the regular season because of a groin injury, widely was believed to be the most likely player shipped to Arkansas this season. The former second-round draft pick was disappointed with the decision.
"I don't like it, but maybe that's the best way to get playing," he said. "As a player, the only way you're going to get better is to get enough playing time. Playing one minute, two minutes, you'll never get better. I just have to go there and work hard."
Sow, who has played just one minute with the Raptors this season, said that head coach Sam Mitchell and general manager Rob Babcock told him that he would play 25-30 minutes per game in Arkansas, but did not give him any idea of when he might be called back up.
"They said they didn't know," the 6-foot-10 native of Senegal said. "Maybe a week, two weeks, a month, two months ... I just have to keep my head up and work hard."
Sow, 23, said the most disappointing aspect of being shipped to the farm is the fact that, in his mind, he can provide the attributes the 0-8 Raptors need the most right now - defence and rebounding.
"Hopefully they're going to call me back soon because I know they need my help," he said.
The Raptors sent scout Mike Evans to Arkansas earlier this month the get a read on that organization before deciding to send any players down.