Calhoun Waiting to Hear From Terps

TSR caught up with 6'5 combo guard Omar Calhoun to talk recruiting

Standing at 6-foot-5 and sporting a 185-pound frame, Omar Calhoun is built for success. The slender combo guard, a four-star prospect out of Christ the King (NY), has been garnering attention from some of the top programs in the country including UCONN, Villanova, UNC, Kentucky, Maryland and Pittsburgh.

Calhoun has been on the recruiting radar for quite some time, picking up his first ever offer going into his sophomore year from Jay Wright at the conclusion of a team camp. With numerous top-tier programs courting him, Calhoun is getting a look at many different styles of play, but claims that the variation isn't the least bit concerning to him. “Up-and-down transition, half-court and full-court sets. It really doesn't matter what style it is because I feel I can play any style,” he stated.

Playing point guard at Christ the King comes with quite a responsibility, as the school has produced great players such as Speedy Claxton and Tina Charles. Yet, Calhoun seems very up to the task. After being a major contributor in CTK's 2009 state championship run, Calhoun exploded this past season, averaging around 20 ppg and leading his team to a second straight city championship.

When evaluating Calhoun's game it's hard to deny the fact that he's a pure scorer. Playing for his AAU team, the New York Gauchos, Calhoun racked up 24, 31 and 32 points to lead his team to victory. “I can shoot the ball very well but I work on many different aspects of my offensive game like working off my jumpshot, off of the dribble, showing the ball, being able to drive both directions and finishing at the rim,” said Calhoun. “I basically will take advantage of whatever the defense is giving to me.”

Maryland has been on Calhoun's list for quite a long time. So long, in fact, that he couldn't even recall when the actual offer came in from the Terps. “Maryland offered me a scholarship a while ago,” said Calhoun. “I was really interested in the program when Gary Williams was still the coach there. My father (Omar Calhoun Sr.) and Coach Bino [Ransom] used to talk a lot but we're still waiting to hear from them after all of the change that has been going on there.”

Calhoun's contact with the Terps originally came from his interest in their style of play and they program that former Coach Gary Williams was running. While he has yet to be contacted by Bino Ransom, he anticipates that Ransom and his father will be in contact soon and will reassess Maryland as one of his favorites once he has heard from the newly revamped staff.

Despite all of the accolades and attention, Calhoun is quick to point out that he still needs work. “I'm constantly working to improve in every aspect of the game like my shot, my ball handling and finishing. There's nothing I can be too perfect at so that's why I continue to work.” Calhoun also prides himself on his work on the other side of the ball, stating that he is, “a great defender who can do many things from rebounding to guarding a bigger opponent to helping on the weak side.”

When it comes down to it though, Omar Calhoun wants to be remembered as one thing: a winner. “The reason that I'm constantly trying to get better and trying to improve my game is because I want to be classified as a winner,” said Calhoun. “I want a third straight city championship and a second state title. I want my last game to be a victory.”

A winning attitude would a nice addition to the revamped Terps program but the ball is now in Turgeon's court to get this gem of a player to come to College Park.


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