Special Photo Former Lovejoy High standout Cameron Solomon gave a verbal commitment to sign with Georgia State next month during the early signing period.
Cameron Solomon could have waited a little longer, but the former Lovejoy High standout considered it the best option available.
Last week, the 6-foot-4 shooting guard decided that Georgia State was the right fit and committed to sign with the program next month during the early signing period.
Over the summer, Solomon transferred to Brevard Community College in Florida after limited playing time at High Point University in North Carolina.
The former Clayton County Player of the Year saw his first season of college basketball cut short by a nagging groin injury that sidelined him most of the season.
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.
It was the new uptempo style that first-year Georgia State coach Ron Hunter will employ that made signing with the Panthers appealing. He also sited being close to home was another huge factor in choosing the mid-major program.
After talking to their coaches, it just seemed like a great fit from the academic and basketball standpoint, Solomon said.
In the past two weeks, Solomon had received offers from Mercer, Jacksonville State, Tennessee-Martin and Georgia State. The Panthers were the last program to offer, but Solomon said it was the best option.
I talked it over with my parents, and they thought I should go ahead and commit, he said. When I got that offer, I was real happy. They were the last of the four to offer, but that did not matter.
Brevard begin practice at the beginning of the month, and will play a jamboree on Saturday. The season-opener will be on Oct. 22 against Lynn University.
At Georgia State, he will have to compete for playing time with Virginia Tech transfer Manny Atkins. The Panthers are also expected to sign Hunters son, R.J. Hunter, a highly-touted guard from Indianapolis.
Solomon doesnt seem discourage about the competition.
Anywhere you go, you are going to have to compete, he said. There is always competition. I just have to play hard and earn it.
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.