This is a big season for Omar Calhoun. The junior guard struggled with injuries and inconsistency last season but now he's fully focused and has the full confidence of coach Kevin Ollie. And until yesterday, Calhoun was fully healthy. He'll be sidelined for a week or so after suffering a sprained MCL in his right knee.
"There is no immediate timetable for his return," UConn spokesman Phil Chardis said, via the Hartford Courant's Dom Amore, "as he is being monitored daily, but he will likely be out of action for at least a week or so."
Calhoun arrived in Storrs as a sharpshooting guard, something we saw regularly during his freshman season. But he was buried on the bench for the Huskies' title run last season, which he used as motivation in recent months ahead of the 2014-15 campaign.
"We want to get a tempo so all of his shots don't have to be three-point shots," Ollie said last week, via the Courant. "So he can get some layups, offensive rebounds, so some more of the movement, cutting. That allows your offensive game to open up, once you're seeing the ball going in, getting to the free throw line. That's something we saw him do exceptionally well in high school."
When Calhoun returns, he'll join a crowded backcourt that includes Ryan Boatright, Rodney Purvis, Terrance Samuel, Sam Cassell Jr. and Daniel Hamilton.