UNC Watching Calhoun

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. – Through four games at the 2010 EYBL Finals at the Nike Peach Jam, few players have scored with the consistency of Omar Calhoun.

The 6-foot-4, 180-pound shooting guard from Brooklyn (N.Y.) Christ the King, is averaging 24.9 points per game and making his claim as one of the top shooters in the class of 2012.

Among the sea of coaches who showed up to watch Calhoun on Tuesday afternoon was North Carolina head coach Roy Williams.

"I saw him sitting on the sideline," Calhoun said. "I just wanted to make sure I was playing hard and playing my best in front of so many great coaches. All the coaches here just make it live."

Calhoun played well in front of Williams, putting up 31 points in his New York Gaucho's 99-92 loss to the loaded Oakland Soldiers. He finished 8-of-24 from the field and 14-of-17 from the free-throw line.

His quick-release makes his shot very difficult to defend and allows him to shoot from nearly every angle. Against the Soliders, his shot wasn't falling so he attacked the rim on nearly ever possession.

"I'm a shooter and I can handle the ball," said Calhoun. "I'm a pretty big guard and I can penetrate and get to the rack. I'm a winner. I just want to win every time I step on the floor."

In early June, UNC assistant coach Jerod Haase told Calhoun that Carolina would watch him at the Peach Jam. Thus far, either Haase or Williams has been at each of his games.

Calhoun said he considers the attention of the UNC staff a good thing.

"I love the rich tradition there," he said of the Tar Heels. "They've had so many professionals come out of their school. Academically they're excellent and the alumni support is great. The alumni (former players) come back and support the team. Overall, anything involving North Carolina is excellent."

While he said he'd be receptive to an UNC offer, Calhoun is in no rush to make a college decision. He plans to cut his favorites list, which includes between 20 and 30 schools, to five to eight by the end of his junior season.

Still up in the air however, is what position Calhoun will play on the next level. For the Gauchos, Calhoun is exclusively a shooting guard. But with aspirations of playing in the NBA, he wants to make himself more versatile.

"I'm trying to transition to a point guard if I don't grow," he said. "I've been working on my handle, being crafty with the ball and just being the floor general. That way, if I do grow to say 6-foot-6, I'll have even more ball-handling skills on the wing. And if I don't, I can play the point."

Calhoun mentioned several factors that will effect where he enrolls in August 2012.

"How much the coaches want me will be important," he said. "Am I going to be able to play my first year there? And then just the overall academic and basketball climate. I want everything, because I'm an academic guy as well."

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