Steven Solomon will play basketball for Wichita State as a preferred walk-on, he said Monday after committing while on a campus visit.
“I liked everything about the program,” he said. “Coach (Gregg) Marshall, all the assistants, the players. It felt like home and a place I can get better at the next four years.”
Solomon (6-foot-3, 180 pounds) is a senior guard from Morgantown, W.Va. He averaged around 18 points, seven rebounds and four assists for Morgantown High, which went 27-0 and won the Class 3A title in March. He scored 20 points in the championship game and earned a spot on the All-Class 3A team.
Solomon said he had a similar walk-on offer from West Virginia, located in Morgantown, and scholarship offers from NCAA Division II schools. He said he chose WSU because he saw a better opportunity for playing time than at West Virginia and because he felt more wanted by the coaches. WSU coaches saw him play in a recent tournament in Raleigh, N.C.
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Solomon will join four other newcomers when they report for summer school in June. WSU signed guard Daishon Smith of Tallahassee (Fla.) Community College, forward Darral Willis of Pearl River (Miss.) Community College and guard C.J. Keyser of Brewster (N.H.) Academy in November. Cedar Ridge (Ark.) guard Austin Reaves signed in April.
A look at the newcomers
▪ Guard Daishon Smith (6-foot-1) earned All-Panhandle Conference honors for Tallahassee (Fla.) Community College. He averaged 16.2 points, making 41.7 percent of his shots and 37 percent of his threes, for Tallahassee (21-12). He averaged 5.4 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 3.3 turnovers.
▪ Pearl River (Miss.) Community College forward Darral Willis (6-8) was named to third-team NJCAA All-American, All-Region 23 and All-MACJC South Division. He averaged 18.4 points and 10.4 rebounds for the Wildcats (16-9), making 59 percent of his shots and 75.3 percent of his free throws.
▪ Guard C.J. Keyser (6-4) of Brewster (N.H.) Academy is listed as a three-star prospect by ESPN.com and 247sports.com. He averaged 10.3 points, 3.7 rebounds and 3.5 assists for Brewster, which went 29-5.
▪ Cedar Ridge (Ark.) guard Austin Reaves (6-4) averaged 32.5 points, 8.8 rebounds and 5.1 assists in leading his team to the Class 3A title. Reaves, who signed with WSU in April, scored 56 or more four times, according to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, with a high of 73 against Forrest City in a 117-115 triple-overtime win in December.