High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Christ the King

New York Boys Hoop POY: Omar Calhoun

March, 22, 2012
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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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Gatorade POY, New York, Omar Calhoun, boys, Christ the King
Steve Boyle/ESPNHSOmar Calhoun concluded his Christ the King (Middle Village, N.Y.) career as the school's leading scorer.
THE WINNER: Omar Calhoun

THE BASICS

School: Christ the King
(Middle Village, N.Y.)
Grade: Senior
Position: Guard
Height: 6-foot-5

THE PILLARS

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.

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The window on the Gatorade State Boys Basketball Player of the Year race is closing, and the search for elite student-athletes is in full swing. The award recognizes not only athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field. Here are two top candidates who meet the basic award criteria as determined by our ESPNHS team that administers the program’s selection process.

Omar Calhoun
Senior Guard, Christ the King High (Middle Village, NY)

2011-12 Team record: 19-8
2011-12 Team standing: Lost in CHSAA quarterfinals

2011-12 Points per game: 26.0
2011-12 Rebounds per game: 8.0
2011-12 Assists per game: 3.0
2011-12 Steals per game: 1.2

Academics: B-plus average
Collegiate destination: Connecticut

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: CHSAA Player of the Year; First Team All-State; Ranked No. 52 Senior by ESPNU; School's career scoring leader.

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