At the Evans High School Monterrey Christmas Tournament, Grovetown point guard Solomon Gause showed off his shooting range.
Against Evans, the Warriors’ junior guard did it all: he sliced his way to the hoop, he got to the foul line and then when the Knights played off of him, he stepped back and drilled a pair of 3-pointers.
The 6-foot-4 Gause described his style of play as that of a combo guard.
“I like to find my teammates,” said Gause. “I like pull-up jump shots. I like to draw fouls. A versatile game.”
Gause scored 21 points against the Knights and scored 28 a night later in the Warriors’ three-point loss to Lakeside in the championship game.
Warriors’ first-year coach Daniel Jordan noted Gause’s versatility on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball.
“He is a natural scorer and is best when he attacks the rim,” said Jordan. “He is capable of rebounding and blocking shots, which is rare from a point guard.”
While it wasn’t a region game, Gause was excited heading into the showdown with Evans because he anticipated a big crowd, the kind you see when county rivals square off.
“I definitely feed off the crowd,” Gause said. “I’m really into the game. When I’m in the game, I’m into it. Even when I’m out of the game, I’m into the game.”
He understands what his role on the team needs to be.
“I’m a leader and I try to stress that to my teammates,” Gause said. “I try to let them know in any type of situation...If we were down, by say four points with under a minute left, I’d try to let my teammates know to keep their composure. Myself as well, I’ve got to keep my composure and stay focused so that we can win the game.”
Gause began playing basketball in fifth grade after being influenced by his brother.
“I started off playing football first before that,” Gause said. “I thought I was going to play football, but he kind of encouraged me to play. I started watching like LeBron (James) and that kind of made me want to try it.”
His mother is in the military and after having lived on post at Fort Gordon from second grade to seventh grade, he has no plans to follow in her footsteps.
“I have no interest at all in going into the military,” he said. “I tell my mom that all the time. I’m not saying I’d never do it, but I have no interest in it at all to join.”
He does have specific plans, however, which include playing basketball.
“I plan on hopefully getting some (college) offers after this summer,” Gause said. “High, maybe mid-major Division I offers. Hopefully, I’ll get a scholarship for that.”
If things work out, he wants to be a professional basketball player overseas.
“I’m doing what I love, playing basketball, and I’d also get to explore countries, and that’s something that would be nice.”