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Solomon taking JUCO route

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Former Lovejoy High standout Cameron Solomon has decided to transfer from High Point University to Brevard Community College.

Special Photo Former Lovejoy High standout Cameron Solomon has decided to transfer from High Point University to Brevard Community College.

By Derrick Mahone

dmahone@news-daily.com

After graduating from Lovejoy High in 2010, Cameron Solomon signed with High Point University in North Carolina with high hopes of competing for playing time.

However, his first year was cut short by a nagging groin injury that sidelined him for most of the season. The 6-foot-4 guard also discovered that High Point's system didn't fit his uptempo style of play.

With the injury healed, Solomon has decided to start anew with his college experience and has transferred to Brevard Community College in Florida.

He is a part of BCC's incoming 12-player class that includes another Div. I transfer.

"Last year was a rough year at High Point," Solomon said. "I was hurt and unable to compete for some playing time. I decided that transferring is the right thing to do. At Brevard, they have more of a run-and-gun system."

Also transferring to the Florida school is Corey Walden, a 6-2 point guard. Last season, he averaged 12 points and 3.2 assists as a freshman at Stetson University. He was named to the first team All-Atlantic Sun freshman squad.

Solomon played in only nine games for the High Point Panthers, who finished with a 12-19 record. In 37 minutes of action, he scored 17 points and pulled down six rebounds with only one assist.

Since he was granted a medical redshirt, Solomon can sign with a four-year college after the 2011-12 season and still have three years of eligibility remaining.

"The system at High Point just didn't fit me," Solomon said. "As always, college to high school is an adjustment. I feel if I work hard that I will have the opportunity to land a scholarship. I think the sky is the limit for me. I'm working everyday to improve my game."

There was no guarantee if he returned to High Point that his minutes would increase. Solomon would still be behind senior Nick Barbour and Shay Shine on the Panthers' depth chart.

Solomon admitted that the lack of playing time and the injury were frustrating to deal with as a freshman.

"It was the first time that I could remember that I was away from basketball," he said. "I tried not to get too down on myself. I just prayed and worked hard at trying to get my injury healed."

Coming out of high school, Solomon averaged 24.5 points a game and led the Wildcats to a Class AAAAA state playoff appearance. He was named the Clayton News Daily/Henry Daily Herald Clayton County Player of the Year. Solomon helped the Wildcats to the playoffs for the first time since 2004 after earning a No. 2-seed out of Region 4-AAAAA.

The Wildcats beat Coffee County 78-64 in the first round of the state playoffs, then lost to Groves 72-48 to end their season with a 17-11 overall record.

"I'm looking forward to attending Brevard," he said. "Brevard has a great coaching staff and system."