Pitt In Good With Calhoun

Omar Calhoun is one of the top guards in the country for 2012. We recently spoke with his father, Omar Calhoun Sr., who gave us an update on his son's recruitment.

On the heels of Khem Birch's commitment to Pitt last week, Pitt would like to pair another guard as part of this 2012 recruiting class, which already with Birch and New Zealand's Steve Adams. With a top-flight guard, this class would be as good as any in the country.

Omar Calhoun is a guard that the Pitt coaching staff has been working very hard for.

"Pittsburgh is high on our list," Omar Calhoun Sr. said. "With Coach Dixon and Coach Knight there, the great addition of Khem Birch, we're very excited about the possibility there."

Calhoun continued on the positive impression he has of the Pitt coaching staff.

"With Coach Brandin, Coach Dixon, and now Coach Skerry, there has been a lot of interest," Calhoun said. "We've been down there for an unofficial visit. We love the program. We don't see ourselves making a commitment right now, but our goal is to make a commitment this time next year. Pittsburgh is definitely going to be high on our list, and one of the schools that will get an official visit from us."

Being from New York, Pitt's reputation with recruiting and developing players from the New York City resonates loud and clear with the Calhoun family.

"Absolutely, Levance Fields and some of the other guys; Ronald Ramon," Calhoun said. "We just want to make it with a lot of the guys past and present; J.J. Moore too. We're excited about watching them this year. They're going to do really well, and do well in the Big East. We're going to follow them throughout the year. They get more family with their style of play."

As for the family's unofficial visits to Pittsburgh, it was obvious the priority the basketball program has within the school. Dixon's relationship with the Pitt administration was pretty evident to them on their trip.

"We were excited about the relationship the administration had with the basketball program," Calhoun said. "We feel like the school itself has tremendous support to the basketball department. We were able to meet advisors. It was also real exciting to see older players come back, and be part of Pittsburgh's basketball family.

"From our experience there, Pittsburgh is definitely high on our list. I believe they run a high-class operation out there. There's nothing but positive things to say about Pittsburgh, about Coach Dixon, about Coach Knight and about Coach Skerry. We like everything about them."


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