One of the best parts about springtime basketball is the emergence of new prospects. One guy who has seen his stock increase dramatically over the past month is Richard Solomon. A long and athletic 6-foot-8 (and growing) insider from Torrance (CA) Bishop Montgomery, Solomon is one of the fastest rising big men on not only the West Coast, but nationally.
The way Solomon sees it, it's his natural attributes and versatility that have allowed him to shine while running the grassroots circuit with the Compton Magic.
"I can run the floor, I'm athletic, I can jump and I can shoot," said Solomon. "I'm pretty much versatile in all areas of the game."
Not surprisingly, his rapid development has been catching the eye of college coaches from all across the country.
"It's been going pretty well, there's been a little bit of everybody," said Solomon when asked which schools are recruiting him. "Like in the Pac 10 there's been Oregon State, Washington State, Stanford, and Arizona State. In the ACC there's Boston College. In the Big 10 there's Minnesota and Michigan. Then there's schools like Texas and Gonzaga, there's a little bit of everybody."
An excellent student who reports a 3.5 and climbing GPA. Solomon says that things are just starting to pick up with Stanford. He and the Cardinal are in the beginning stages and there's plans to watch him during the summer.
"Usually when they call they have to talk to my dad first," said Solomon of Stanford. "They tell him and me about their program. They tell me what they want me to do, what they expect from me and how they want me to fit in at their program."
Still a long way from even cutting his list down to a top five or even seven, Solomon is devoting himself to working on his game. He's doing some workouts with a personal trainer in hopes of adding more strength and is in the gym working on his skill level.
"Most important I need to get my wind up and tighten up my handle a little bit," said Solomon. "I'm working on shooting a bit more, and really just being more aggressive."
Looking ahead to a decision, Solomon says that distance won't play a huge role. It's more about finding a place that feels like home and has a style that fits him, even if he thinks he can fit just about any style.
"I feel comfortable in just about any style," said Solomon, "As long as we're runing and shooting a little bit, I think I'm versatile enough to play in any system."