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SLOZag
05-06-2009, 10:15 PM
Anyone reading this have a Scout subscription?

Google reports Scout included the following snippet ("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... .) in a discussion of the Stanford pursuit of California big man Richard Solomon.

This is the Scout URL: http://stanford.scout.com/a.z?s=18&p=2&c=863130&ssf=1&RequestedURL=http%3a%2f%2fstanford.scout.com%2f2%2 f863130.html.

I'd sure like to know if this is another big we've got in our sights.

ZagNative
05-07-2009, 05:48 AM
One of the fastest rising big men in the country, Richard Solomon is receiving attention from schools all across the country. Among the programs feeling out his recruitment is Stanford.
“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.” He plays for the Compton Magic AAU and attends Bishop Montgomery in Torrance.

Scout profile. (http://stanford.scout.com/a.z?s=18&p=8&c=1&nid=4195384) 6'9" 200 PF

No Rivals page

ESPN (http://sports.espn.go.com/ncb/recruiting/tracker/player?recruitId=66247&season=2010) gives him a Scout, Inc., grade of 93.

Richard Solomon | PF

Hometown Torrance, CA
High School Bishop Montgomery High School
Height 6'8"
Weight 190 lbs.

April, 2009: Solomon is a diamond in the rough that is beginning to get polished. His frame is long and lean and he has the potential to be a high-level face-up 4-man someday. He is terrific in transition and can get to the rim easily due to his outstanding quickness. In addition, he can knock down the 3-point jump shot, although his shot is much better in the mid-range area. Despite his slight frame he can rebound in traffic and he has good hands. His post game is non-existent and it would be nice to see him develop a go-to move (jump hook?). However, he has shown the ability to utilize the pump fake to get around opponents in the half-court set. Overall, Solomon needs to bulk up and get stronger for the interior battles ahead, but his upside is quite good.Solomon is #21 on the right in the pic below, from the California Division IV state championship, which Bishop Montgomery lost.

http://i237.photobucket.com/albums/ff232/ZagNative/Zags/Recruits/2010%20Recruits/RichardSolomonBishopMontgomery-sp-s.jpg

spudzag
05-07-2009, 08:49 AM
Got to love the 93 ESPN rating. Impressive. This part of the quote caught my eye;


Overall, Solomon needs to bulk up and get stronger for the interior battles ahead, but his upside is quite good.

Sounds like many of the recruits that we have had success with in the past.

CaliforniaZaggin'
05-07-2009, 10:01 AM
Sounds like a leaner version of Dante Cunningham, except with some range to his shot. I was a big fan of DC, so I'd love to see the Zags land someone like that.

BobZag
05-07-2009, 10:27 AM
I like this kid but it'll be tough to nab him. But I like him the most of the 2010 bigs.

ZagNative
05-07-2009, 11:19 AM
I like this kid but it'll be tough to nab him. But I like him the most of the 2010 bigs.Really? More than 6'11" Alex Kirk of Los Alamos and 6'9 John McArthur of Concord's De La Salle? Kirk should be even harder to get than Richard Solomon, though.

CaliforniaZaggin'
05-07-2009, 11:27 AM
My intuition is telling me that McArthur ends up at Cal. It's right in his own backyard, current Cal small forward Theo Robertson went to De La Salle, and the Golden Bears have a resurgent basketball program. I'd be surprised if Montgomery let him get away.

Jeff_Scribe
05-07-2009, 11:29 AM
My intuition is telling me that McArthur ends up at Cal. It's right in his own backyard, current Cal small forward Theo Robertson went to De La Salle, and the Golden Bears have a resurgent basketball program. I'd be surprised if Montgomery let him get away.

I have heard that Montgomery really likes him.

spudzag
05-07-2009, 11:32 AM
What you say makes sense to me ZN. I can't see that we have even made a published list for Alex Kirk. I'd bet he ends up in the PAC-10.

John McArthur and Kevin Panzer both seem within reach. The competition is not just not the same at this point as with Kirk.

Yannick Atanga is interesting, but no real information.

I have assumed that the default selection is Guy-Marc Michel.

CaliforniaZaggin'
05-07-2009, 12:44 PM
What you say makes sense to me ZN. I can't see that we have even made a published list for Alex Kirk. I'd bet he ends up in the PAC-10.

John McArthur and Kevin Panzer both seem within reach. The competition is not just not the same at this point as with Kirk.

Yannick Atanga is interesting, but no real information.

I have assumed that the default selection is Guy-Marc Michel.

I hadn't heard about him before, but Yannick Atanga seems like a real interesting prospect. 6'8", bouncy, quick, athletic, driven... I like all those things.

Here's ESPN's breakdown...

http://insider.espn.go.com/ncb/recruiting/tracker/player?recruitId=66457&season=2010&action=upsell&appRedirect=http%3a%2f%2finsider.espn.go.com%2fncb %2frecruiting%2ftracker%2fplayer%3frecruitId%3d664 57%26season%3d2010


June, 2008: Atanga, originally from Cameroon, was one of the better revelations at the camp. His frame oozes potential as he measured out with the longest reach in camp. His post skills and fundamentals are a work in progress. However, he is quite bouncy and he gets off the floor extremely quick. He gets most of his points off of tip-dunks and drop-step moves, but overall he is still quite raw. He plays with great energy and he has all the intangibles (length, quickness, and desire) to be an outstanding defender at the next level.