Monday, February 18, 2013

Omar Calhoun is Big East's Rookie of the Week

Omar Calhoun is the Big East's rookie of the week after averaging 15.5 points in a 1-1 week.

Calhoun posted team highs of 15 points and six rebounds in the Huskies' 66-58 win over No. 6 Syracuse on Wednesday night. He finished with 16 points and a team-high six boards in UConn's 70-61 loss to Villanova on Saturday.

Calhoun is averaging 11.5 points per game this season. This is his second Big East rookie of the week honor this season. Only St. John's JaKarr Sampson (six) and new UConn killer Ryan Arcidiacono (three) of Villanova have won more.

Calhoun is a shoo-in for the conference's all-rookie team, but his chances for rookie of the year would appear slim with Sampson in his way. Heck, another St. John's player, Chris Obekpa, should be in the running, too, even though he's only been rookie of the week once. The kid is second in the nation in blocked shots.

The all-rookie team should look something like this:

JaKarr Sampson, St. John's
Chris Obekpa, St. John's
Ryan Arcidiacono, Villanova
Omar Calhoun, UConn
James Robinson, Pittsburgh

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