Dec. 23, 2012
Freshman guard Omar Calhoun (Brooklyn, N.Y.), who helped the UConn men’s basketball team record two victories last week, was honored by the BIG EAST Conference Sunday as the league’s Rookie of the Week.
Sophomore guard Ryan Boatright (Aurora, Ill.) was also cited by the league after an outstanding week, earning a place on the BIG EAST Honor Roll.
Calhoun poured in a career-high 22 points, hitting 8-of-11 shots from the floor and 3-of-4 from three-point range, plus all three free throws he attempted in UConn’s 84-50 win over Maryland Eastern Shore. In addition, Calhoun added two assists and a blocked shot.
In the Huskies’ 88-73 triumph over Fordham, Calhoun had 17 points, on 6-of-10 overall shooting, 3-of-5 from three-point range. He also had 2 assists, a blocked shot, and a steal. It is the first Rookie of the Week honor for Calhoun.
Boatright was also a standout in the Huskies’ two victories, scoring 21 points, with 4 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals against Eastern Shore, hitting 8-of-10 from the floor and 5-of-6 from three-point range.
Against Fordham, Boatright scored 9 points in the first five minutes of the game, on his way to a career-high 26 points and a career-high 9 assists, in addition to 3 steals. He hit 9-of-14 shots.
Junior Victor Rudd of USF was the BIG EAST Player of the Week, averaging 22.5 points and 11.5 rebounds in wins over Bowling Green and Youngstown State.
It is the first such league recognition for Calhoun and Boatright. The Huskies (9-2) return to action Saturday night, taking on Washington at 7:30 p.m. at the XL Center in Hartford.