NEW ORLEANS – The second-annual All-American Championship consisted of two all-star games featuring 38 of the top seniors and underclassmen in the country.
The difference in the pair of games (North vs. South, East vs. West) versus the McDonald’s All-American Game was the level of competitiveness. A handful of McDonald’s All-Americans were sprinkled into the event but for the most part, the All-American Championship featured outstanding players with a chip on their shoulders. The “McDonald’s slight” was evident in the approach by many of the players and some acknowledged they had something to prove, none more than UConn signee Omar Calhoun (Middle Village, N.Y./Christ The King).
Calhoun's 26 points was the best scoring performance in the two-year history of the event. Normally, in an all-star setting that would mean he scored on run outs and easy buckets but, his game was exactly opposite. Known for his deep stroke, Calhoun also unleashed a barrage of midrange shots within the flow of the game. More impressive was his ability to finish through contact, get to the line and knock down free throws. His role at Connecticut expands with every declaration for the draft and he’ll be ready to take the floor as a freshman.