Although Omar Calhoun averaged 11.1 points per game and
earned Big East all-rookie team recognition this past season, his father says
fans never truly got to see the “real Omar.”
That’s because Calhoun was bothered by hip soreness
throughout his freshman campaign. Over the past six weeks, Calhoun had surgeryon both of his hips
(on March 26 for his left hip and about a month later on
his right hip) that will keep him sidelined for about 3-4 months.
The surgery was performed by UConn team physician Dr.
“He played through it,” Omar Calhoun, Sr., said of his
sone. “He had a little pain and discomfort, and he played through it and still
had a solid freshman year. We’ve got a lot of faith in Dr. Joyce and the UConn
training staff. They’re saying he will be even better than he was (before the
Calhoun was treated for femoral acetabular impingement
(FAI), which is a fairly common condition in athletes. The procedure
essentially shaves bone to alleviate discomfort and potentially avoid future
Calhoun, Sr. said his son’s struggles with his hip issues
manifested themselves most with his ballhandling.
“He struggled with his handle, that’s where you saw the
difference the most,” he said. “He was in pain. To have good handle, you’ve got
to get down low. He was in pain at times doing that. He’s a lot more explosiveness
(than what he showed).”
Calhoun was also hampered by a sprained wrist, causing
him to miss UConn’s season finale March 9 against Providence, but that is now
Calhoun will be on crutches for the next 3-4 weeks, his
father said. He’ll stay at UConn to begin summer courses on Monday and rehab
with the Huskies’ training staff, and should be ready to resume basketball
activities by mid-August.
And it looks like Calhoun will have company on campus from a guy he never got a chance to play with.
Andre Drummond is planning on returning to UConn this summer to continue working on his degree, he told a Detroit sports talk radio station on Wednesday
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