Eagles In The Mix For Solomon

Those who follow BC hoops know that this recruiting cycle is focused on landing some big men. One of those on the Eagle's radar is 6'9" forward Richard Solomon from Los Angeles. Major programs from around the country have been scouting Richard and he has begun to amass a long list of offers.

In the world of hoops recruiting, versatile big men are always a premium. College recruiters will travel the country and the world, if necessary, to land a big man that can play both offense and defense as well as run the floor. One such example is Richard Solomon from California.

"My son has offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Oregon State, San Jose State," said Richard Solomon Sr.. "I'm missing a few but my son is getting recruited by a lot of schools. So, the list will probably keep growing."

One of the schools in hot pursuit is Boston College.

"I don't think Boston College has made an official offer. I've been talking to Pat Duquette and he has been out here a few times to watch my son. I know they are very interested, but I don't think they have offered yet.

Boston College is real hot on him, but I don't think they have offered. At least I'm not aware of it. Pat has been out here three or four times so I know they are very interested. They want us to come out for a visit to the campus. They are working on setting up an official visit for us. We have not worked that out just yet, but we have time. "

With schools extending offers and indicating they intend to offer, the question is what schools stand out at this point.

"I definitely have an interest in Boston College," Richard Solomon said. "I'm trying to get out there for a visit. I'm really busy with school and ball. So, I have not really put any plans in place. I have not thought about it yet. I have not thought too much about any of it really.

"I'm really just waiting to see who is interested, who offers and then take some time with my dad to work out who to visit over the summer. "

Given the distance between Boston and Los Angeles, it would follow that geography may play a role in his interest in the Eagles.

"Distance is not an issue. I just want to be a part of a good program that is good for me. The ACC is a great conference. I grew up watching the ACC and they play some great basketball. So, getting a chance to play against that level of competition is very attractive."

At 6'9" and 200 pounds, Richard projects at a number of spots at the next level. Where he fits in will depend a lot upon the program he chooses. He is a versatile player that can do a lot of things on the court.

"My traveling team is Compton Magic. We've been playing for a while and we won the tournament in Vegas. We came in second in Kansas City but we could have won that one too, but we started slow. I'm playing a combo, a three and a four. If I get a rebound then I push it up. If I'm in the half court then they have me posting up, if I'm against a smaller guy, or facing up if they are packing it in the box.

"The thing is, on my traveling team, I'm always matched up against their biggest guy. I think there is much more to my game than just standing on the block. I'm not that strong yet. But, I'm more quick than most big guys.

I use my quickness against the bigger guys. I turn and face and then beat them off the dribble. The people in the traveling league's always put the biggest guy on the biggest guy. So, on my traveling team I can play as a three and take those guys off the dribble. I can also face up on smaller guys."

At this point in the process, Richard is just letting things play out as schools come in and evaluate him. He has not set up visits over the summer or even thought too much about where to visit. Once he gets a good feel for who is truly interested, he will begin the process of evaluating his options and taking official visits to his favorites.


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