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.