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H: 6' 6"|
W: 189 lbs
(19 Years Old)
|Rank 67 in NCAA Freshmen |
High School: Christ The King
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
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|HoopHall Classic Scouting Reports: 2012 Prospects (Part Two)|
January 19, 2012
Omar Calhoun's (#44 Scout, #38 Rivals, #27 ESPN) Christ the King team had a tough outing in Springfield, being blown out 88-50 by California powerhouse Mater Dei. Calhoun made just 6 of his 22 shots at the Hoophall Classic, but nevertheless showed many of the same strengths and weaknesses we've seen over the past few years.
Measured 6-6 at the 2011 Deron Williams Skills Academy, Calhoun has very good size for the wing position, to go along with a frame that should fill out in time. He doesn't possess a long wingspan at just 6-6, but is a solid athlete; more smooth than he is explosive.
Calhoun's best attributes revolve around his scoring instincts. He finds ways to put the ball in the basket in a variety of ways, be it leaking out in transition, cutting off the ball, through the offensive glass or in his team's half-court sets.
Calhoun's jumper is unconventional. His release point is not consistent as at times he'll dip the ball dramatically depending on how closely he's being guarded. With that said, he gets it off quickly and is capable of making shots with his feet set when he's in rhythm, and occasionally off the dribble. In time, he should be able to become a more consistent shooter, as he has good touch.
As a ball-handler, Calhoun similarly has room to grow. He has good timing on his drives and the first step and body control needed to get into the lane, but doesn't show much in the ways of advanced shot-creating moves and is prone to forcing the issue at times. He's not an incredibly explosive finisher in the paint, so he'll need to continue to polish his skill-set to score efficiently inside the arc once the competition stiffens at the college level.
Defensively, Calhoun is just average at this point, which is not a surprise considering his age. He doesn't work very hard off the ball and his short arms don't do him any favors in terms of contesting shots and controlling dribble penetration. He'll be asked to step up his activity level once in college like all freshmen, but certainly has the ability to develop into an adequate defender as he gets stronger and gains experience.
Calhoun's size, scoring instincts and reportedly strong work ethic give him a chance to have a productive career at UConn. We'll have to wait and see how he adapts to the college level before drawing more conclusions about his NBA prospects.
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HoopHall Classic Scouting Reports (Part Five): 2012 Prospects & Beyond
January 30, 2011
A pure scorer with great offensive instincts, Omar Calhoun is a very talented player with an outstanding perimeter shot. Standing 6-3 with very good length and a solid frame, Calhoun already has a decent skill set as a high school junior, along with a good approach to the game.
On the offensive end, Calhoun's game heavily revolves around his jumper, which has effortless three-point range and outstanding mechanics. He can get his shot off in a variety of ways, capable of draining a smooth jumper coming around screens, pulling up, stepping back, and with a hand in his face. He gets a lot of his shots within the flow of the offense, not being one to over-dribble or create many shots off advanced moves, as his ball-handling is just adequate.
He doesn't show much in terms of attacking the basket in the halfcourt, relying strongly on his perimeter game, but he does show nice passing skills for an off-guard, dishing out a lot of simple assists in the flow of the offense and also doing a good job in pick-and-rolls.
Defensively, Calhoun is very attentive and plays solid, fundamental man-to-man defense, but he's somewhat non-descript on this end of the floor, going through the motions and doing his duties adequately, but not impacting the game nearly as much as he could if he exerted more energy helping off the ball with his physical tools.
Looking forward, Calhoun has a nice set of skills and solid physical tools, and he should be able to score effectively at any level of college ball. His long-term potential will likely depend on how hw diversifies his scoring game, or if he makes an unlikely transition to the point guard position.
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