UNC Continuing to Watch Calhoun

FORT MYERS, Fla. – Omar Calhoun did all he could for Middle Village (N.Y.) Christ The King, but it just wasn't enough to get past the Christ School in the first round of the City of Palms Classic.

The 6-foot-5, 180-pound guard was aggressive on the offensive end, shooting 8-for-15, including 3-for-6 from three, on his way to 26 points and five rebounds.

"It was a tough game," Calhoun said. "They were a good team. I just wanted to fight and make sure I was playing hard throughout the game. I just wanted to make sure that I was playing hard and playing defense and not give up."

At this stage, Calhoun sees himself as a versatile guard that can really score.

"I'm a combo guard that can handle the ball through pressure and find open teammates, but I can score, shoot and I have a mid-range game," Calhoun said. "I do all the little things and defend."

"I'm just trying to show everybody how good of a player I am," he added. "I'm trying to make sure that I continue to work hard and get better and prove people wrong and show people how great of a player I really am."

Calhoun recently took a trip to Chapel Hill to check out North Carolina's campus and take in a game.

"I visited North Carolina a few weeks ago," he said. "I had a nice visit out there.

"I went to the museum and I checked out everything," Calhoun added. "I talked to the coaches and they walked me around most of the time. I got to talk to Coach Williams twice, once before the game and then again after the game.

So what was said?

"He told me he would be watching me out here at City of Palms and that he would come to New York to see me play," Calhoun said.

"They said that I'm high on their list, but they are going to continue to watch me and see how I develop and if I'm a North Carolina player."

Accoridng to Calhoun, UNC watched him a number of times during the July evaluation period.

"They've been recruiting for quite some time," he said. "They saw me over the summer at Nike Peach Jam and then they saw me in Orlando at the Super Showcase. Coach Williams has seen me three times. He said he's going to come watch me and we'll see if they are ready to offer."

When asked about his general thoughts on the Tar Heels, Calhoun was quick to point out their tradition and coaching staff.

"I think they are a powerhouse program that has had rich tradition for years and they have a great coach, who is a Hall of Famer," he said.

"The whole coaching staff is great. They are great people and coach [Jerod] Haase used to play at Kansas, so there is a great background there and an environment I definitely want to be apart of."

To go with interest from UNC, Calhoun is also hearing from Kentucky, Kansas, Louisville, St. Johns, Rutgers, Seton Hall, West Virginia, Virginia, Pittsburgh and Villanova.

When asked who has him a priority, Calhoun mentioned Villanova, Pittsburgh and West Virginia.

"All the schools that have offered me too, but those guys are always around and have communicated with me and they are definitely people that stand out to me," Calhoun said.

Calhoun also has scholarship offers from Virginia, Vanderbilt, St. John's, Rutgers and Seton Hall.

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