UNC Following Calhoun's Progress

FRISCO, Texas -- Omar Calhoun solidified his reputation as one of the top scorers in the 2012 class at the second session of ball at Nike's Elite Youth Basketball League.

A scoring machine, Calhoun put up big numbers for the New York Gauchos throughout the weekend.

There was the 24-point (8-18 FG, 5-8 3pt), 5-steal performance against Athlete's First on Saturday, then a 31-point (8-16 FG, 4-8 3pt) effort on Sunday morning against Playground Elite, and he closed the show with a 32-point (10-19 FG, 3-6 3pt), 5-steal showing on Sunday afternoon against CIA Bounce.

"Individually I can score, shoot the ball, put the ball on the ground, handle, finish and just guard - I can play defense and rebound," Calhoun summed up his game. "I can do a lot of things.

"I'm just been consistently working on my strength and handling," he added. "Basically everything that will affect my game."

A number of schools have already shown strong interest in the 6-5, 190-pound wing from Bronx (N.Y.) Christ the King. He mentioned Connecticut, Villanova, Louisville, West Virginia, Virginia, Rutgers, Seton Hall, Miami and Vanderbilt as schools heavily involved in his recruitment.

Calhoun also cited Kentucky and North Carolina as two schools that were relatively new to his list. He broke down the Tar Heel staff's latest pitch to him.

"Coach (Jerod) Haase is the one that started recruiting me," he said. "I went out to visit North Carolina a while ago and I like their environment and atmosphere and their coaching staff.

"Their players are great and they run a fast tempo," Calhoun added. "It's definitely a style of play I like that play in. They said they are going to come look at me and see how I progress."

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