St. John's Recruit Is Off To Solid Start

Reporter Russ Blake takes a look at a recruit who signed with St. John's University

Qa'rraan Calhoun, the 6-7, 220 pound run/jump athlete from Hazlet, N.J., recently helped Bridgton split a pair of games at the National Prep Tip-Off Showcase.

Calhoun scored 17 points on six of 17 shooting as the Wolverines dropped an 88-70 decision to the Patterson School, then chipped in 12 points and six rebounds as Bridgton used a late surge to snuff out Massanutten Military Academy, 87-72.

Never known as a shooter at Raritan Township H.S., Calhoun typically relied on his mobility and athleticism to finish plays around the basket. While he will play a forward position for the Red Storm, the question begs -- will it be on the wing or in the post?

"My experience is that a lot of colleges tell guys that they'll be three men, and then they wind up sticking them in the paint," Bridgton Head Coach Whit Lesure said.

For the Wolverines this year, Calhoun will be asked to do a little bit of everything. "The challenge for Qa'rraan will to become a better basketball player than when he arrived here," Lesure said. "I think that involves being a three man, a four man and a five man -- just being a basketball player."

During Bridgton's two games at the Tip-Off Showcase, Calhoun seemed to suffer from a bit of an identity crisis. During the first game, he hoisted up 11 treys, connecting on just three. Overall, he shot just six of 17 from the floor and grabbed just one rebound in the loss to Patterson.

In the Wolverines' second outing, he was a bit more judicious, connecting on two of five attempts beyond the arc and four of nine from the floor overall. Even when he got the ball along the baseline close to the basket, he seemed hesitant to shoot after the previous day's outing.

"Each guy is still trying to find his niche within the team concept," Lesure said. "We want him to be selfish when it's time to be selfish."

Last March, Bridgton captured the NEPSAC Class A Crown, and if the Wolverines are to repeat, Calhoun will need to be a big part of the attack.

"He has to be the hub on both ends of what we're doing," Lesure said. "That involves some shots in the perimeter and some shots in the post -- we tell him to use the whole court."

"It also involves being a defensive presence and a defensive rebounder -- basically, the same things we're asking every guy to do," he continued. "The better he does that, the better we are, and I think in the end, the better he becomes."

Calhoun signed withSt. John's. Before he committed, Calhoun was being looked at by several other schools including Seton Hall, Rutgers, and Pittsburgh.

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