Calhoun wins Big East Rookie of Week

UConn freshman Omar Calhoun was named Big East Rookie of the Week for the second time this season after averaging 15.5 points per game for the Huskies last week.

Omar Calhoun (AP)

Calhoun, a 6-foot-5 shooting guard, drilled a pair of enormous 3-pointers that helped UConn fend off No. 6 Syracuse, 66-58, last Wednesday. He also had a team-high 16 points and six rebounds in Saturday’s loss to Villanova.

“What I’ve seen with him is improvement on defense,” UConn coach Kevin Ollie said last week. “He played (Syracuse forward C.J.) Fair the majority of the game. His defense has been expanding a lot, and that’s the growth I’d like to see with him. I know we talk about the big shots, the media sees that and the fans see that, and I know you are all basketball people, but I see the every day evolution of his defense getting better.”

For the year, Calhoun is averaging 11.5 points per game, third among all freshmen (trailing St. John’s JaKarr Sampson and Villanova’s Ryan Arcidiacono).