June 12, 2012
STORRS, Conn. - The University of Connecticut men's basketball program will welcome four new student-athletes when the 2012-13 season gets under way.
Leading the incoming group will be freshman Omar Calhoun (Brooklyn, N.Y.), a 6-4 shooting guard out of the prestigious Christ the King High School hoop program. Calhoun, no relation to the UConn head coach, was named the New York State Gatorade Player of the Year and the New York Class AA Player of the Year by the N.Y. State Sportswriters Association after averaging 25.7 points, 8.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists, and 1.8 steals to lead the Royals to a 19-8 record and the Class AA intersectional quarterfinals. He was ranked No. 32 overall and among the top seven shooting guards in the country by ESPN.com.
Calhoun, who finished his high school career as the all-time leading scorer at Christ the King with 1,770 points, was selected to participate in the second annual All-American Championship in New Orleans, where he was named MVP of the East squad with a record 26-point performance, carrying his team to an 84-72 victory. Calhoun will wear No. 21 for the Huskies.
Also joining the UConn program will be 6-10 freshman forward Phillip Nolan (Milwaukee, Wis.) out of Riverside University High School in Milwaukee. Nolan was a Third Team All-City pick after his sophomore year at Milwaukee Vincent High School, then spent a year at St. Benedict's (Newark, N.J.), before returning home. Playing an abbreviated schedule at Riverside last year, Nolan averaged 16.7 points, 9.4 rebounds, 3.0 blocks, and 2.3 assists per game, while shooting 63.3 percent from the field. Nolan will wear UConn uniform No. 3.
Adding to UConn's German connection is incoming freshman Leon Tolksdorf (Berlin, Germany), a 6-7 forward who joins countrymen Niels Giffey and Enosch Wolf on the Huskies' roster.
Playing for the ALBA Berlin II club team last season, Tolksdorf averaged 5.2 points and 2.9 rebounds per game and in the U19 league in Germany, he averaged 16.7 points and 12.5 rebounds per game and shot 34.3 percent from three-point range. Tolksdorf will be No. 22 for UConn.
Rounding out the Husky newcomers in 2012-13 will be 6-3 guard R.J. Evans (Salem, Conn.), who joins the program as a graduate student with one season of eligibility remaining after playing three years and earning a degree from Holy Cross. Evans is a 1,200-point scorer who averaged just under 30 minutes per game in 96 games for the Crusaders. He averaged 11.5 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 2.8 assists last season for Holy Cross, including a team-leading, 15-point effort in Cross' loss to UConn. Evans will wear No. 12 for the Huskies.