Calhoun's Next Challenge: The Big East

Qa'rraan Calhoun is a player with enormous upside to his individual game ... he should help out the Red Storm soon

When Qa'rraan Calhoun, a 6-foot-7, 215-pound power/small forward from Bridgton Academy in North Bridgton, Maine, made a verbal commitment to St. John's University in May 2005, it was thought that he would be reclassified into the 2007 class.

But his situation has changed a bit and perhaps Red Storm fans will have an opportunity to watch this bouncy player from New Jersey score some points next season for Norm Robert's program. As of this story being published, Calhoun will be a 2006 recruit.

And to make the matter even better, Calhoun had a solid season, according to his head coach, Whit Lesure.

Calhoun recently helped Bridgton win the NEPSAC Class A championship with a victory over The Winchendon School of Massachusetts. Calhoun scored 20 points in the victory and showed progress in his overall game.

"He had a very good year for us," Lesure said. "He does a great job of rebounding too."

Calhoun played a year ago at Raritan High School in Hazlet, New Jersey. He is an athletic forward who has polished his game at Bridgton. There are high expectations for Calhoun and there should be. As he demonstrated many times this season, he has the ability to cause defenders plenty of pain inside the paint with his athletic skills.

"He's worked hard," Lesure said. "He should be a great addition for St. John's. He can score inside and he has worked to make himself a better overall player."

Calhoun probably would have had many more high majors after him if he decided to extend his recruiting process. But in a great recruiting victory for Norm Roberts and his assistants, they were able to convince Calhoun to spend his college days on Union Turnpike in Queens.

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