Solomon to Visit UCLA This Week

Richard Solomon, the 6-9 post player from Los Angeles, used the spring to boost his stock. With a handful of scholarship offers -- a couple from Pac-10 schools -- he's taking in all the new attention, and planning to check out some schools...

This time last year Richard Solomon was receiving just minor interest from college coaches.

But after growing five inches, an impressive season at Torrance (Calif.) Bishop Montgomery and a big spring, the 6-foot-8, pushing 6-foot-9, power forward is becoming a prime prospect for many college programs.

"It's really exciting for me," Solomon said. "I know when I was kid I had this dream and now this dream is starting to unfold. It really is a dream come true."

Solomon, who is also a black belt in karate, was in Lawrence (Kans.) for the Jayhawk Invitational two weekends ago. During the event, Solomon looked like a high major prospect and a future Top 100 player while leading the Compton Magic to the semi-finals of the event.

"This is what I think happened," Solomon said. "I think as soon as the season ended I was in the gym every single day. I was in the gym five of the seven days and then on the weekend I've been playing ball with the travel team."

"I was in the gym every day for about three hours just working," he continued. "Playing on the travel team has allowed me to expand my game more. It's allowed me to show more aspects to my game."

Although college coaches weren't present at the Jayhawk Invitational the event clearly raised his profile. Shortly after returning home a number of college programs put in calls to the talented forward.

"Last week my dad said his phone was blowing up, but it's going real good," Solomon said of his recruitment. "I'm just trying to stay humble and focused on the now and my game and just try to keep getting better."

Thus far he's scored scholarship offers from Arizona State, Oregon State and Boston College. Also showing interest are Stanford, USC, UCLA, Washington State, California, Texas, Minnesota, Marquette, Michigan and Arizona.

"I'm all over the place right now," Solomon said. "I haven't thought about [recruiting] a lot, but I have narrowed it down to a few schools but I don't know. It's just crazy right now."

"I'm taking a few unofficial visits coming up," he said. "I'm going to UCLA, Arizona State, California and Texas. I know I'm going to UCLA on Thursday for an unofficial visit, but I don't know when the others are yet."

Solomon, who is transferring to Los Angeles (Calif.) Price for his final season, will be back in action with the Compton Magic this weekend in Arizona.

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