Headed into the month of April, not many evaluators and coaching staffs outside the state of California knew much about Richard Solomon. Now nearing mid May, the nearly 6-foot-9 power forward from Bishop Montgomery High in Torrance, CA has emerged as one of the hottest names on the grassroots circuit.
The slender big man isn't sure if it's any one thing that has attracted college coaches.
"Coaches see that I like to run and can still play post," said Solomon. "I'm quick for my size, I can handle the ball well for my size and I play hard. I give it 110% every time I hit the floor because I never know when it might be my last."
Capable of running the floor like a much smaller player, Solomon is also a pretty skilled finisher around the hoop and out to 12 feet. While he lacks strength, he makes up for it with effort and athleticism and schools like Stanford, Oregon State, Boston College, Washington State, Michigan, Minnesota and several others have taken notice.
Also taking a degree of notice is Rick Barnes' staff at Texas.
"Texas, they were one of the first people to start recruiting me," Solomon told Burnt Orange Beat. "They just called me here a couple of days ago and they are planning to come out and see me again this summer."
According to Solomon he's months away from cutting down his list and he's curious to see how much more interest he can attract. More importantly, he's working on addressing his biggest weakness, his lack of strength.
"I'm in the gym working out with a fitness trainer a couple of times every week," said Solomon. "I eat everything I can. It's just a matter of my body putting on weight at some point."
When he does whittle down his list, Solomon says it's going to be about playing style. He'd like to play in a more wide open offense and have the chance to face up the basket from time to time.
"It really doesn't matter about distance," said Solomon of picking a school. "I'm just looking for a school that best fits me and the way I play."