The word potential can be a both a blessing and a curse for many youngsters. The pressure to live up to that potential can often lead to a very disappointing end. On the other hand, those that overcome that pressure and live up to that potential embark upon some of the most exciting times in their lives.
Los Angeles (CA) Price high PF Richard Solomon is a young man that clearly has some exciting times ahead of him. Over the past few weeks a number of colleges went in to inquire about him after his play on the AAU circuit began raising eye brows.
"I am just working hard on my game I can run the floor, rebound and score," said Solomon. "I just want to get better."
Things are heating up so much that during Solomon's chat with GoBlueWolverine a call came through that required his immediate attention. Moments later he called back to indicate that he had received some good news during that call.
"Arizona State just called to offer," an excited Solomon said.
"That was a nice that they offered," added Richard Solomon Sr. "We are just taking our time with the recruiting process."
That patience is allowing more schools to come to the table, but there is one school on the radar that pulled up a seat long ago. It is also a school that just happens to be near and dear to Mr. Solomon's heart.
"Michigan is one of our top schools," said Mr. Solomon. "They were one of the first schools to notice my son they expressed an interest right away in him. John Mahoney (assistant coach) has kept in contact with us he is a good guy and he is really interested in who my son is."
The Solomon's know all about Michigan because Richard Solomon Sr. grew up in the Great Lake State and graduated from Michigan in the late 70's.
"I attended Detroit Mackenzie and went on to Michigan from there, "the elder Solomon said. "I have a lot of family in Michigan. It would be a dream come true for me for my son to go to Michigan. They have a good situation of academics and athletics there."
Jr. knows about the Maize & Blue as well.
"My dad talks about Michigan a lot so I know about them," he said. "We watched them on television and from what I have seen I like the way they play."
While it's clear that Michigan is in good position to have a shot at Solomon, there are other schools in the mix that definitely have a very good chance at landing him as well. Arizona State, Oregon State, and Boston College have offered, while UCLA, Cal, Texas, Washington, Arizona, USC, Stanford, Minnesota, Gonzaga and a number of others are showing interest.
When evaluating all of the schools both father and son are looking first at what they have to academically first and then second, athletically.
"I am looking at a school that has a solid Computer Science program and I would like to play for a coach that has a genuine feel for his players," Jr. said.
Added Sr., "Academics are very important to us and what it can do for your future. Richard wants to study Computer Science. Athletically we are looking for a school that he has an interest in, their style of play, where he would fit in at and the type of coach they have."
Fully assessing those qualities will require taking visits, which is something the Solomons plan to do in the near future. As a matter of fact on Thursday he will be visiting UCLA. In late June or early July he plans to make his way to Ann Arbor.
GoBlueWolverine will have more on Solomon in the coming months.