High-SchoolBoys-Basketball: Sam Meyer
Steve Boyle/ESPNHSChrist the King (Middle Village, N.Y.) senior guard and UConn recruit Omar Calhoun scored a combined 60 points in two wins last week.
Here are this week's high school boys’ basketball Players of the Week. One player is chosen from each region of the country. No player will be chosen more than once during a season.
(After games of Sunday, Feb. 5)
Omar Calhoun, Christ the King (Middle Village, N.Y.)
The 6-foot-3 shooting guard, who will play next season at UConn, came up big in two key victories last weekend to propel the Royals to the top the New York City rankings. The four-year varsity player scored 60 points in wins over St. Raymond's (Bronx, N.Y.) and Cardinal Hayes (Bronx, N.Y.). Calhoun netted 33 in an 84-74 victory over St. Raymond's and 27 the next night in a 68-52 win over Cardinal Hayes. Against St. Raymond's, Calhoun scored 20 points in a fast-paced first-half that saw the Royals take a 44-39 lead.
Jacob Roark, Concord (Ark.)
The 5-foot-10 sophomore guard from a top Class 1A school in Arkansas started this week with three straight 40-point games. Roark, who received Class 1A all-state honors as a freshman, had 40 points in his last game from the previous week. He followed that with 41 in a 89-81 win against Viola (Ark.) and then hit for 41 again to lead his team past Sacred Heart (Morrilton, Ark.) 86-77. In the win against Sacred Heart, Roark converted two rare 4-point plays in the fourth quarter.
Sam Meyer, Totino-Grace (Fridley, Minn.)
The 6-foot-1 senior guard was a one-player shooting star in a 90-59 romp past St. Francis (St. Francis, Minn.), converting 12-of-13 on 3-point attempts and scoring a personal-high 47 points. The sharpshooter outscored the Saints' team in the first half with 34 points, including 9-of-10 from beyond the 3-point arc, as the Eagles took a 52-32 cushion into intermission. Meyer averages 16.9 points a game and his previous personal scoring best this season came in the opening game, a 79-50 win over Rogers (Minn.) when he scored 32 points.
Conner Frankamp, Wichita North (Wichita, Kan.)
Once Perry Ellis leaves nearby Heights and heads off to the University of Kansas, Frankamp won’t be far behind. The Kansas commit poured in 47 points, making seven straight 3-pointers during one stretch, in a 69-66 victory last week over East (Wichita, Kan.). It was the junior guard’s fourth 40-point game of the season (he scored a season-high of 48 points in one game), and he’ averaging 33.7 points per game. While Frankamp isn’t a huge inside presence like Ellis, his prolific scoring from the perimeter will make him a bona fide All-American candidate next season.
Justin Johnson, Green River (Utah)
Another small-town hero, Johnson attracted our attention by scoring 54 points last week in a 72-38 victory over Monument Valley (Utah). He also had a 51-point game to lead the Pirates past Navajo Mountain (Utah) and is averaging 36.7 points per game. The 6-foot-4 senior also plays baseball and was recently named to the Academic All-State Team with a 4.0 GPA. Small schools in Utah actually play a fall season in baseball, so Johnson’s senior season in that sport is done. He threw a no-hitter in one game, which gives him the distinction of throwing a no-hitter in baseball and scoring more than 50 points in a basketball game. Small school or not, that’s hard to beat.