Tag:Omar Calhoun
Posted on: June 10, 2011 9:38 am
Edited on: June 10, 2011 10:16 am

Omar Calhoun commits to UConn

By Jeff Borzello

Omar Calhoun took a surprise visit to Connecticut’s campus on Thursday afternoon, and the rising high school senior clearly liked what he saw.

Friday, Calhoun – no relation to the Huskies’ head coach – committed to UConn.

"After spending time with coach [Jim] Calhoun and the rest of the coaching staff, we felt it was a place we needed to be," Omar Calhoun Sr. told CBSSports.com.  

Calhoun, who trimmed his list to nine schools on Thursday, chose the Huskies over North Carolina, Kentucky, Pittsburgh, Villanova, West Virginia, Seton Hall, Maryland and Georgetown.

When asked what put UConn over the top, Calhoun Sr. responded: "A national championship." 

The 6-foot-5 shooting guard from Christ the King (N.Y.) led the NIKE EYBL in scoring over the past two months, averaging 25.0 points in 15 games. He put in 38 points in one game, and dropped 31 in another.

Calhoun has deep range on his outside shots and is absolutely lethal on pull-up jumpers from inside the arc. He can also beat defenders and finish at the rim. When watching him, it doesn’t seen as if Calhoun is taking over a game, yet he manages to fill it up while letting the game come to him. He also continues to improve his athleticism, while his strength allows him to be a solid on-ball defender.

"He believes he fits well," Calhoun Sr. said. "Coach Calhoun has had a tremendous amount of success with NYC guards." 

Calhoun is Connecticut’s first commitment for 2012, although the Huskies received a 2011 commitment from DeAndre Daniels earlier in the week.

Posted on: June 9, 2011 4:22 pm
Edited on: June 9, 2011 4:37 pm

Omar Calhoun visits UConn, trims list


By Jeff Borzello

After leading the Elite Youth Basketball League in scoring – with no one even close to him – it’s clear Omar Calhoun will be able to make an immediate impact at the next level.

The 6-foot-5 Calhoun averaged 25.0 points in the 15 EYBL games, including a 38-point performance in April and a 31-point performance in the next-to-last game over Memorial Day weekend.

On Thursday, Calhoun took a surprise visit to Connecticut.

“He just finished,” Omar Calhoun Sr. said. “The visit went well.”

For several months, Calhoun has had a long list of schools under consideration, but that group has been trimmed.

According to his father, the schools Calhoun is focused on are North Carolina, Kentucky, Connecticut, Pittsburgh, Villanova, West Virginia, Seton Hall, Maryland and Georgetown.

“Those are the guys we built the best relationship with,” Calhoun Sr. said.

Calhoun, a shooting guard from Christ the King (N.Y.), has taken trips to North Carolina, Pitt, Villanova, Connecticut and Seton Hall.

No schools stand out in particular right now.

“All the schools I listed are on equal playing ground,” Calhoun Sr. said.

Photo: NY Post 

Posted on: April 12, 2011 6:03 pm
Edited on: April 24, 2011 2:36 pm

Notebook: Calhoun separates himself as scorer

Posted by Jeff Borzello

HAMPTON, Va. – He’s not overly explosive or extremely quick, but Omar Calhoun has cemented himself as one of the best pure scorers in the country.

Calhoun, a 6-foot-5 shooting guard from Christ the King (N.Y.), has deep range on his outside shots and is lethal on pull-up jumpers from inside the arc. He can also beat defenders and finish at the rim.

Over the weekend at the Boo Williams EYBL event, Calhoun averaged 29.4 points in five games, including a 38-point performance against All Ohio Red.

In terms of recruiting, Calhoun currently lists offers from West Virginia, Virginia, Villanova, Pittsburgh, Connecticut, St. John’s, Rutgers and Vanderbilt, with interest from North Carolina and Kentucky.

“I visited UNC, it was nice,” he said. “I’ve also been to Pittsburgh, Villanova, Connecticut and Seton Hall.”

Calhoun plans to trim his list after the July live period.

Several schools courting Marcus Hunt

With Tony Parker and Alex Poythress dominating the paint for the Georgia Stars, Marcus Hunt gets plenty of opportunities to impress on the perimeter.

Clearly, Hunt is intriguing to many schools.

Over the weekend, the 6-foot-6 swingman from North Clayton (Ga.) listed Florida State, Nebraska, Alabama, Miami (Fl.), UTEP, Louisville, Missouri, Florida and Georgia as schools currently tracking him. Hunt also has an offer from Georgia Tech.

Hunt is a very good offensive player who can score from the perimeter and around the rim, and his strength and size make him a tough match-up.


Nunn and Tate lead loaded Meanstreets 16s

It’s not often that an AAU program 16s squad is better than its 17s, but that might be the case with Meanstreets this season.

There’s no Anthony Davis on the 17s team, or even a Phil Greene. However, the 16s boast several high-major prospects, led by guards Kendrick Nunn and Jaylon Tate.

Nunn is a high-level guard who can create his own shot and get to the basket against most defenders. The lefty from Simeon (Ill.) finishes in traffic and also draws fouls. Over the weekend, he listed Memphis, Alabama, Saint Louis, Ohio, Pittsburgh and Arizona as schools on him early.

Tate, a 6-foot-2 De La Salle (Ill.) product, had several nice offensive plays at the Boo Williams EYBL event, knocking down perimeter shots and also driving baseline for finishes at the rim. Tate picked up an offer from Northwestern in March, while also receiving interest from Marquette, Xavier, Florida and a host of Big Ten schools. 

Photo: Nypost.com

Posted on: April 11, 2011 10:39 pm
Edited on: April 24, 2011 2:40 pm

Top performers at EYBL Hampton

Posted by Jeff Borzello

HAMPTON, Va. – Although the AAU circuit started three weeks ago, the NIKE Elite Youth Basketball League event in Hampton this past weekend is recognized as the official start to the travel team season. With 40 of the best 17s teams gathered in one place, as well as top teams on the 16s and 15s levels, there were hundreds of future Division I players in attendance at Boo Williams. From Friday to Sunday, though, several players consistently stood out from the rest of the pack.

Kyle Anderson, 2012, Playaz: Despite his supposed weaknesses, Anderson continues to separate himself as one of the top players in the class. He simply has unbelievable feel for the game, using a variety of crafty floaters and finishes in the lane to score. Anderson doesn’t rely on explosiveness or quickness to get baskets, but the point-forward from St. Anthony (N.J.) knows how to make plays. He is a very good rebounder and showed some athleticism on a couple of impressive blocks.

Anthony Bennett, 2012, CIA Bounce: Bennett impresses nearly every time out, but the problem has been his ability to stay healthy. He is seemingly injured for every big event. Bennett was certainly not injured for Boo Williams this weekend. He took his game to a new level this weekend, scoring in a variety of ways and demonstrating his ability to be a match-up problem for most opponents. Bennett hustles defensively and loves to run the floor.

Rodney Purvis, 2012, CP3 All-Stars: Purvis opened the EYBL with a big-time performance against Team Takeover, and never looked back from there. He was consistently impressive offensively, dominating whichever opponent attempted to defend him. Purvis is explosive at that end of the floor, with the ability to blow by defenders and finish at the rim, or knock down perimeter shots. He is fantastic in transition and can also find teammates for open shots.

Shaq Goodwin, 2012, Memphis YOMCA: When the 2012 rankings are updated, Goodwin is a lock to be in the top 20, if not higher. His ceiling is as high as anyone in the class, due to his 6-foot-8 size and versatile skill set. Goodwin is a tremendous passer for someone his height, and his length makes him very difficult to defend around the basket. He runs the floor with the best of them and crashes the offensive boards. Defensively, he can block shots and control the glass.

Omar Calhoun, 2012, NY Gauchos: He’s not as athletically impressive as some of the other top players in the class, but Calhoun can score with anyone in the country. His mid-range jump shot is deadly and he has the ability to create his shot off the dribble. Calhoun has a solid build for a 6-foot-5 wing, and he uses his strength to score at the rim. He has very deep range from behind the arc and is nearly impossible to contain when he gets hot from three.


Ricardo Ledo, 2012, Albany City Rocks: Not playing with his usual Expressions AAU team, Ledo still managed to showcase his all-around offensive game and demonstrate why he is one of the top-three perimeter players in the class. He was knocking down perimeter shots over defenders; getting to the rim at will and finishing with both hands; and hitting difficult step-back jumpers and other mid-range shots. Ledo changes directions quickly, and is effective with ball fakes.

Alex Poythress, 2012, Georgia Stars: Poythress continues to rise up the charts. He is long and athletic, and can score in a variety of ways. In the half-court, he can post up defenders and score around the basket. Poythress improved his face-up game and his ability off the dribble, driving to the rim and finishing in traffic. He also added an outside jumper to his repertoire. Going into the weekend, Poythress had a reputation as a very good rebounder; that didn’t change one bit.

Nerlens Noel, 2013, BABC: Noel staked his claim to the No. 1 spot in the class of 2013 this past weekend. Offensively, he is still raw and has plenty of room to develop. However, he had a nice jump hook that was effective and he ran the floor well, finishing in transition. What separates Noel from most players is his defense. His length, timing and athleticism make him the best shot-blocker in the class. Noel isn’t muscular or physically imposing, but his ability to block or deter shots makes him intimidating.

D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera, 2012, Spiece Indy Heat: Smith-Rivera isn’t a pure point guard, but his scoring ability ranks among the best backcourt players in the country. When he gets it going, Smith-Rivera is difficult to stop. He has deep range on his jump shot, knocking down 3-pointers with consistency. He is quicker than one might think, while his strength and build enable him to finish over bigger players in the paint. Smith-Rivera works off screens effectively and is smart with the ball.

Arnaud Adala-Moto, 2012, Team Takeover: Adala-Moto has been impressive in the past, but this weekend was different. He showed that he is a clear-cut high-major recruit, showing abilities at both ends of the floor that will make him attractive to college coaches. Adala-Moto has lost weight in the past year, looking quicker and more athletic. He is no longer an undersized forward; he can knock down perimeter shots and is a legitimate wing. Adala-Moto runs the floor extremely well and finishes in transition.

Also Impressive:

Andrew Wiggins, 2014, CIA Bounce: Separated himself as the top prospect in the class of 2014. Wiggins has a versatile skill set and is still developing.

Wayne Selden, 2014, BABC: Physically dominant, Selden simply owned the 15s division. He is extremely strong and is impossible to stop when driving to the rim.

Matthew Jones, 2013, Texas Titans: Overshadowed by Julius Randle, Jones knocked down perimeter jumpers with consistency and can also get to the basket.

Aaron Gordon, 2013, Oakland Soldiers: Gordon is simply too active and aggressive offensively for most opponents. He runs the floor and can also post up.

Photo: Highschoolhoop.com

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