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Hapoel Jerusalem brings back Solomon
Aug 09, 2010
Hapoel Jerusalem announced on Monday that one of the biggest protagonists of the 2003-04 ULEB Cup title wn by the team, guard Will Solomon, will be back for the upcoming season. Solomon (187, 32) last played in Fenerbahce Ulker last season. Before leaving in November of 2009, Solomon played two Euroleague games averaging 9.0 points and 1.5 assists. Solomon played college ball in Clemson from 1998 to 2001 and made his debut that year with the Memphis Grizzlies. The following season he moved to Greece to play with Aris Thessaloniki to win the FIBA Champions Cup, and he then joined Hapoel Jerusalem in Israel, becoming the leader of the team that won the ULEB Cup title that season. That was his big exposure in Europe and he joined Efes Pilsen the following year to make his Euroleague debut in which he averaged 14.4 points, 2.4 boards and 2.6 assists. With Efes, he won the Turkish League that season. The next campaign he was back in Israel to play with Maccabi Tel Aviv becoming the second best scorer of the season with his 15.0 points per game in the Euroleague. He also won the Israeli League that year and made the 2006 Prague Final Four. Despite his good year in Tel Aviv, he was back in Turkey the following season, this time with Fenerbahce Ulker where he would stay two full seasons, always ranking high among the Euroleague best scorers. In 2008-09 he was back in the NBA to play for the Toronto Raptors, but in April of 2009 he was back to Fenerbahce. He also started the 2009-10 season there but was waived soon after the season started, and he was not playing anywhere until now. With Fenerbahce Ulker he won two Turkish Leagues in 2007 and 2008 and a Turkish President Cup in 2008. Hapoel Jerusalem now features three players of the historic roster that won the ULEB Cup: Solomon, Yuval Naimy and Moshe Mizrahi.