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New York shooting guard is on the rise

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Around New York, there's never been much question about whether or not Omar Calhoun can play. For whatever reason, it's taken the rest of the basketball world a little longer to catch on to his abilities.
That's all changing now for the 6-foot-4 junior shooting guard from Middle Village (N.Y.) Christ the King.
During last weekend's first Nike EYBL event -- the Boo Williams Invitational -- in Hampton, Va., Calhoun was among the most dominant performers while plying his trade with the New York Gauchos.
"I feel like I played well," Calhoun told Rivals.com of his play at Boo. "I just wanted to go out there and show people that I'm hungry and that I'm one of the best guards in the country."
A high scoring shooting guard with good size, a quick release and deep range on his jumper it would be unfair to categorize Calhoun as just a jump shooter.
"I can shoot, people know that," said Calhoun. "But a lot of people don't know that I can do things off the dribble, create for others and that I'm willing to do the little, tough things."
If people had any questions about the four-star prospect who is due for a jump up from his current national ranking of #67 in the class of 2012, then they are quickly being erased. His impressive school list is proof of that.
Among those currently courting Calhoun are North Carolina, Kentucky, Connecticut, Louisville, West Virginia, Virginia, Vanderbilt, Villanova, Pittsburgh, Seton Hall, Rutgers and several others.
For the time being, Calhoun is in no rush to make a selection. He's looking forward to playing out the Spring and summer, continuing to show people the type of player he is and will move on to making a decision sometime after the July evaluation period.
"After the July period I'll start to narrow things down," said Calhoun. "Basically I'm looking for a place that I can go in and make an impact. I'm also looking for a place with tradition, the type of place where the alumni who have moved on always come back to support the school."
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