At 6-foot-6, 220 pounds, Sacramento (Calif.) sophomore Solomon Young makes most ordinary folks look inconsequential. When he stands next to California center Richard Solomon, though, as he did during open gym pick-up basketball on Saturday morning, Solomon makes Young look like the rest of us look compared to him.
"I tried to go down low on Richard Solomon and do some post moves, but it didn't work out too well," laughs the 2016 power forward prospect. "He definitely blocked my shot. I got off one shot, but it didn't go down."
Just eight months earlier, Young had been playing on the court at Haas Pavilion as part of the MLK Invitational, but, he said, the bigger thrill was playing with the current Cal hoopsters.
"I was guarding Richard, and he was doing some good turn-and-face moves that my high school coach has been trying to show me, and me seeing them, it was like, ‘Oh, OK, I guess I need to add that to my game.'"
Though it's still early for the 2016 prospect, he's already made unofficial visits to nearby Sacramento State, and on Saturday, Berkeley, where he got to speak with the Cal coaching staff.
"[Mike Montgomery] asked me if I played football, because of how physical I play," Young said. "They like that I'm physical, and my sense of intensity. They like my overall skill, but mainly my sense of aggressiveness."
Last season, Young played in a team-high 33 games, averaging 11.9 points per game as a freshman, pulling down 6.7 boards per game. He still wants to work on the finer points of his game, though, to expand it beyond just his physicality.
"I want to work on my dribbling -- all the little things," Young said. "I can shoot, but I need to be able to dribble to get my shot, to create my own shot. I'd like to be able to dribble down court without any problems."
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