Starting forward Solomon suspended indefinitely

When the No. 24 Cal men’s basketball team heads to San Diego this weekend to take on the Aztecs, Richard Solomon won’t be with the team.

The Bears’ starting forward has been suspended indefinitely, announced coach Mike Montgomery in a press release on Friday. The reason provided was conduct contrary to values of the university and athletic department.

“We expect our student-athletes to adhere to a high standard of behavior,” Montgomery said. “In this particular instance, that was not the case.”

The 6-foot-10 sophomore from Los Angeles was blossoming into a dependable post player in his first year as a starter. He has been a solid contributor this season, averaging six points and a team-high 7.3 rebounds per game. He also leads the team with 11 blocks in seven games.

It is likely that freshman forward David Kravish will move into the starting role against San Diego State on Sunday, with fellow reserves Bak Bak and Robert Thurman seeing more playing time. Cal (6-1) could also play a four-guard set — with point guards Brandon Smith and Justin Cobbs and wings Jorge Gutierrez and Allen Crabbe — that Montgomery hinted at before the season.