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Basketball: Richard Solomon growing up

* 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Haas Pavilion (Pac-12 Networks)

 It was time for Richard Solomon to grow up, and he realized it just in time.

Now a senior at Cal, the 6-foot-10 forward has become one of the Pac-12′s most dependable players. As the Bears take on unbeaten and top-ranked Arizona on Saturday night at Haas Pavilion, no player in any of the BCS conferences can match Solomon’s 10.7 rebounds per game.

“I think everybody watching him play wanted more,” said former UCLA star and Pac-12 Networks analyst Don MacLean. “They felt like with the tools he had, he could do more. And this year he’s doing it.”

But two years ago Solomon’s future nearly unraveled.

In early December of his sophomore season, Solomon was suspended indefinitely for “conduct contrary to athletic department and university values.” Reinstated after two games, he suffered a stress fracture and missed four more.

Then, in mid-January, Solomon was ruled academically ineligible for the remainder of the season. He sat out the Bears’ final 15 games.

“It hurt a lot,” he said.

Click here to read the rest of my story.

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CHAIRMEN OF THE BOARDS

The leading per-game rebounders from the six BCS conferences (through games Wednesday):

Richard Solomon, Cal (Pac-12) — 10.7
Julius Randle, Kentucky (SEC) — 10.2
Ryan Spangler, Oklahoma (Big 12) – 10.1
Noah Vonleh, Indiana (Big Ten) — 9.6
Anthony Lee, Temple (AAC-x) — 9.1
Devin Thomas, Wake Forest (ACC) — 8.3
x — American Athletic Conference, formerly the Big East

 

Jeff Faraudo

  • Juancho

    BOVINE WATCH 2014. Day 2.

  • Gobears49

    Juancho,

    Maybe you have an extra email account, such as one from gmail that does not use your name, that you can post on this blog and encourage Wisdom Cow to contact you on it so that Wisdom Cow (list in your post for him to use that name if he contacts you) can read it and send you an emai. You can them work with him privately to get him on the site, perhaps with some technical instruction as to how to do so (I found it a bit tricky myself). I’d do that but you’re the guy who wants him to be on this site. It would be nice, but it is not worth my time, other than to write this quick post.

  • 1brsfan

    Now if he could only make free throws we would have beaten ASU. Even 50% from the line would have done it!

  • 707 Bear

    On “Growin Up”

    The flag of piracy flew from my mast, my sails were set wing to wing
    I had a jukebox graduate for first mate, she couldn’t sail but she sure could sing
    I pushed B-52 and bombed them with the blues with my gear set stubborn on standing
    I broke all the rules, strafed my old high school, never once gave thought to landing
    I hid in the clouded wrath of the crowd, but when they said, “Come down,” I threw up
    Ooh… growin’ up

    Shock the world Saturday.

  • Juancho

    I have to nominate gb49 for the most insensitive post award.

  • Gobears49

    My thoughts exactly, though I didn’t want to write that first. I’ve been very critical of Soloman on various levels, but at least he was very important to us even as a freshman, which often does not occur for big men. Unfortunatey, his extreme athletic skills haven’t translated into good shooting skills. He’s turned into a monster on the boards, but I don’t think that will be enough to get him any NBA playing time. For a big guy, I think learning how to rebound well is the easiest basketball skill out there.