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May 24, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

Future of UConn head coach Jim Calhoun weighs on their mind as they look at potential college decision

By Matt Whitfield

Ask people with insight and access inside the UConn program and you’ll get many varying answers regarding what Jim Calhoun’s future holds. No one will know until this summer with 100% accuracy if the Hall of Fame coach will retire following last season’s National Championship or return to the Connecticut bench for a 26th season with the Huskies. While fans and players anxiously await the upcoming decision another group of people also watch the process with vested interest. Prospective recruits and their parents also are keeping a close eye on the situation, as explained by Omar Calhoun Sr., father of highly recruited Omar Calhoun Jr., a top shooting guard in the Class of 2012 who is very high on the Connecticut recruiting radar.

“It would weigh into it a little bit for his decision,” responded Omar Calhoun Sr. when asked if Jim Calhoun’s potential retirement would affect his son’s college plans. “We believe in UCONN and it’s still going to be UCONN. We still feel like Coach Calhoun is still going to have a major part still in the development in the program even if he’s not the head coach. We believe he’ll still have some type of representation on how these guys represent themselves.”

Omar Calhoun Sr. said his son plans to take a visit to Storrs in the next couple weeks, as that’ll be his only visit as the busy live period will get underway early in July.

“We’re going to try and set up a visit in the next couple weeks to UCONN.” Calhoun Sr. also added that, “for the live period that’s the only visit we’re trying to set up.”

Calhoun Sr. also mentioned that his son would likely visit Pittsburgh this summer and that Omar Jr. had no real geographic preference on where he played college hoops other than to say the Big East and ACC would likely be the conferences of choice. As of now though the younger Calhoun is working on his strength and conditioning before he gets to the next level.

“Just his strength and conditioning and his ball handling,” said Omar Sr. on what his son is working on to improve his game during this time. “Getting stronger, at the college level, that’s the biggest difference between college and high school, the strength of the players [and] the speed of the players.”

Keep tabs on the younger Omar Calhoun this summer as he’ll be playing for the NY Gauchos on the Nike EYBL, whoch rolls into Los Angeles this weekend, as well as partaking in the major camps including the NBA Top 100 and the Lebron James Skills Academy as he prepares for his senior season next year at Christ the King HS.

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