TheSabre.com caught up with Solomon Tat , the 6-5, 225-pound guard out of Community Christian (Stockbridge, GA), for a Q&A last night. Tat, who yesterday became Virginia’s second verbal commitment for the 2006 class when he announced for Virginia over Georgia, answered questions on his decision, Virginia’s coaching staff and players, his game and his expectations for 2006.
As a junior last season, Tat, who is known for his toughness and athleticism, averaged 24 points, 6 boards and 5 assists while playing point guard. He projects as a shooting guard at Virginia.
A native of Nigeria, Tat, who stayed with former Orlando Magic power forward Olumide Oyedeji when he first arrived in the United States, played on the Nigerian national team several years ago. Virginia sophomore center Tunji Soroye played on that team as well.
Tat made an official visit to UVA on the weekend of September 30th. The experience was what sold him on Virginia and was a major reason why he ultimately committed.
Q&A with Solomon Tat
TheSabre.com: How does it feel to have made your decision?
Solomon Tat : I mean, it feels real great to take away the pressure. I cut it to two schools and either would be a great decision for me. It’s good to get focused on other things instead of worrying about where I’m going to sign. I just wanted to put that away.
TheSabre.com: Was it a tough decision between the two, or was Virginia a clear favorite?
Solomon Tat : Virginia was the clear favorite in my mind. I just love it out there.
TheSabre.com: Your head coach stated that the Virginia official visit experience really blew you away. What stood out the most to you?
Solomon Tat : The first thing I knew of was the academics. It’s just one thing that convinced me to come over to Virginia. And, the people out there – the coaching crew, the academic section, the players – I mean, they’ve got so much love for whoever comes in there. I was just like a fit to Virginia. It was like a family. I feel like...
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