St. Augustine’s Charles Solomon Ends His H.S. Basketball Career on a High Note

by Marc Narducci; Photo Marc Narducci | Mar 29, 2019
St. Augustine’s Charles Solomon Ends His H.S. Basketball Career on a High Note
Charles Solomon was needed to score this year for St. Augustine to be a competitive basketball team. The 6-foot-5 senior kept his end of the bargain, averaging 18.4 points for the 22-5 Hermits.
 
Even after his career had ended, Solomon kept scoring. He scored a game-high 28 points as his East team beat the West, 124-113 in the Albert J. Carino Boys’ Basketball Club of South Jersey Senior All-Star game at Rutgers Camden. Solomon was named the MVP for his East team.
 
“This is awesome,” he said afterwards, sitting next to his MVP trophy. “I am very blessed. I had great teammates.”
 
Then pausing he added, “I couldn’t ask for a better way to end my high school career.”
 
He was a two-year starter for the Hermits, annually among the best programs in South Jersey. During his junior year the Hermits won the South Jersey Non-Public A title. This past season they went 22-5 and captured the Cape Atlantic American Division title. The Hermits went 12-0 in league play and won the division by three games over eventually South Jersey Group 4 finalist Millville.
 
Twice during the season he scored a season-high 33 points, in wins over Burlington Township and Vineland.
 
In the all-star game, he scored 12 two-point field goals and hit four foul shots. Solomon is capable of hitting the three pointer, but he has such great success driving to the basket in the all-star game that he didn’t need to revert to long-range shooting.
 
In October Solomon committed to Division II Belmont Abbey, in Belmont North Carolina.
 
“What was really big for me is that I wanted to go to a school that really wanted me,” he said. “I felt Belmont Abbey really did want me.”
 
He said he got a great vibe when he visited the school.
 
“Belmont Abbey felt like home when I went there for my official visit,” he said. “I clicked with the team, the coaching staff and loved the program and I just knew it was where I wanted to be.”
 
The fact that he committed in October, led to a stress-free senior year, at least as far as recruiting in concerned. Solomon could just concentrate on basketball and his school work, without having to worry about the pressures of recruiting.
 
“That was big,” he said.
 
He said that attending St. Augustine has helped him get ready for the next level both in basketball and academics.
 
“It was challenging but it definitely prepared me for the college,” he said.
 
And now he is anxious to begin his new career but will always look fondly on the one he is leaving behind.
 
“I have major memories from St Augustine and it has been a great high school experience,” he said. “I have grown as a basketball player and more importantly as a person during my time there.”

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Author: Marc Narducci; Photo by Marc Narducci

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