A dedicated ESPNHS team managed the Gatorade Boys Basketball Player of the Year selection process, resulting in winners based on the program's three pillars: athletic production and impact in the 2011 season, high academic achievement and exemplary personal character.
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THE WINNER: Omar Calhoun
School: Christ the King
(Middle Village, N.Y.)
Athletic achievement: Calhoun averaged 25.7 points, 8.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.2 steals this past season, leading the Royals to a 19-8 record. A First Team All-State selection, he is the Catholic High School Athletic Association Player of the Year and finished his prep career as the school record-holder for points scored, with 1,770.
Academic excellence: Calhoun has maintained a B-plus average in the classroom.
Exemplary character: A peer tutor in his school, he has volunteered locally feeding the homeless.
“Omar Calhoun is a hard-working kid who is very driven and very focused,” said Paul Biancardi, National Director, ESPN Basketball Recruiting. “He’s a pure scorer who can beat you in a lot of different ways, but he lets the flow of the game come to him.”
THE FUTURE: Calhoun has signed a National Letter of Intent to play basketball on scholarship at the University of Connecticut this fall.