(photo credit: Euroleague Web site)
Hapoel Jerusalem took a significant step forward in its rebuilding process under
Oded Katash on Monday, announcing the signing of veteran guard Will
The 32-year-old returns to Jerusalem six years after leading the
team to its greatest achievement – the winning of the ULEB Cup in the 2003/04
Solomon is Katash’s fourth American signing, joining Brian
Randle, Dion Dowell and Jason Rich.
“It’s a privilege to play in
Jerusalem,” said Solomon, who has been without a team since last November. “I
had a wonderful year in Jerusalem and not just because of the ULEB
I’m really happy to be back in a place that loves basketball so
Solomon, who spent his collegiate career at Clemson before playing
one season in the NBA for the Vancouver Grizzlies, joined Hapoel after a single
season at Aris Thessaloniki, and quickly became the side’s undoubted
He averaged 18.2 points and 4.3 assists and was unstoppable in
Hapoel’s triumphant ULEB Cup campaign.
Solomon, who has also experienced
successful stints at Turkish clubs Efes Pilsen and Fenerbahce Ulker, returned to
Israel ahead of the 2005/06 season to help Maccabi Tel Aviv to the league and
state cup double and a runner-up position in the Euroleague.
2008/09 season, Solomon tried his luck in the NBA once more, but after 39 games
with the Toronto Raptors he was traded to the Sacramento Kings at which he made
just 14 appearances before being waived.
In April of last year, the
Connecticut native re-signed with Fenerbahce Ulker, only to leave four games
into last season after a dispute with the team’s coach.
“I come to teams
to fight for titles,” Solomon said. “I saw that Maccabi lost some titles in the
last few seasons and I’m coming to Jerusalem to help it win more
Katash was delighted with his latest signing.
knows what he is capable of and this is definitely an upgrade for us,” the new
Hapoel coach said. “I hope we learn how to get the best out of him.”