Solomon with Maccabi in 2005.
|No. 30 – Shark Antibes|
July 20, 1978 |
|Listed height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Listed weight||185 lb (84 kg)|
|High school||East Hartford
|NBA draft||2001 / Round: 2 / Pick: 32nd overall|
|Selected by the Vancouver Grizzlies|
|2002–2003||Aris Thessaloniki (Greece)|
|2003–2004||Hapoel Jerusalem (Israel)|
|2004–2005||Efes Pilsen (Turkey)|
|2005–2006||Maccabi Tel Aviv (Israel)|
|2006–2008||Fenerbahçe Ülker (Turkey)|
|2009||Fenerbahçe Ülker (Turkey)|
|2010–2011||Hapoel Jerusalem (Israel)|
|2011–2012||Cherkaski Mavpy (Ukraine)|
|2012–2013||Mersin BB (Turkey)|
|2013–present||Shark Antibes (France)|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Solomon was first noticed at East Hartford High School in East Hartford, Connecticut. He held several records and is in several clubs in their schools basketball program such as "1000 Career Points", "All State", "All Conference", and the only member of the "NBA Draft" club. He went to Clemson where he continued his basketball career.
Solomon declared himself eligible for the 2001 NBA draft after his junior year at Clemson University. He was selected by the Vancouver Grizzlies in the second round, with the 32nd overall pick. Solomon played for the Grizzlies in the 2001–02 season and averaged 5.2 points, 1.5 assists and 1.1 rebounds over 62 games.
After only one year in the NBA, Solomon decided to move to Europe and signed a contract with the Greek team Aris Thessaloniki in 2003. That year he won the EuroChallenge Cup, 3rd-tier European competition.
After a year in Greece, Solomon moved to Israel and played for Hapoel Jerusalem, with whom he won another European title, the ULEB Cup, 2nd-tier European competition. In Israel he was often nicknamed "The Fish" (Ha-dag, הדג), as in Hebrew his last name resembles "Salmon" much more than King Solomon, which is pronounced "Shlomo".
For 2004–05, he moved to Turkey and was signed by Efes Pilsen. He then played for the first time in his career in the Euroleague. With the help of Solomon, Efes Pilsen won the Turkish championship that year.
Solomon moved back to Israel the following season and was signed by Maccabi Tel Aviv, who were the European champions the previous two seasons and were close to winning a third consecutive Euroleague title before losing in the final. After this, he returned to İstanbul and joined Fenerbahçe Ülker, that enjoyed a high budget and a Euroleague spot after the Ülker Food Group decided to close their own team and move their entire support of funds and players to Fenerbahçe's basketball team. Nicknamed 'King Solomon' by the Fenerbahçe fans, he helped the team win two championships.
On February 19, 2009, Solomon was traded to the Sacramento Kings in a three-team deal that sent Patrick O'Bryant to the Raptors from the Boston Celtics and a conditional second round pick in 2014 to the Celtics. Shortly after being traded to the Sacramento Kings, Will Solomon was waived.
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Note: The Euroleague is not the only competition in which the player participated for the team during the season, he also played in domestic competition.
- Raptors Sign Free Agent Will Solomon
- "KINGS ACQUIRE WILL SOLOMON IN THREE-TEAM TRADE" (Press release). Sacramento Kings. 2009-02-19. Retrieved 2009-02-20.
- Solomon to come back
- Willie Solomon’un sözleşmesi feshedildi (Turkish)
- Hapoel Jerusalem brings back Solomon
- "Will Solomon pigiste médical de Trevor Huffman" (in French). sharks-antibes.com. Retrieved 5 December 2013.
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- Career statistics and player information from Basketball-Reference.com
- Will Solomon at draftexpress.com
- Will Solomon at eurobasket.com
- Will Solomon at euroleague.net
- Will Solomon at tblstat.net