STORRS – Had a chance to chat with Omar Calhoun at Gampel Pavilion, as he watched some of his teammates shoot on the new court.
Calhoun had surgeries on both hips this spring, on his left in March and his right in April, to relieve a condition known as femoral acetabular impingement. By getting some of the bones shaved down, it figures to alleviate restrictions and pain. Though Calhoun had a fairly solid freshman year, the hip problems affected him all season.
“I could have done a lot more if my hips were 100 percent,” he said. “I’m looking to show everyone who the real Omar is when I get back on the court.”
That most particularly includes the explosiveness with the ball he is used to having.
Calhoun spent four weeks on crutches, then began the arduous rehab. His days are still filled with rehab exercises, stationary bike, elliptical trainer, pool work. He is just now getting on the court for some back-pedaling exercises and occasionally, as he did on Thursday, he sneaks in a few shots.
“I’m on schedule right now,” he said.
The plan is for Calhoun to start working in basketball activities in late August and be ready for the preseason. He wants nothing to interfere with that season opener, against Maryland at the Barclays Center. He is, after all, from Brooklyn.
This is the first time he has had to do this kind of rehab and it has been difficult.
“I went through a point where I Just wanted to be on the court so bad,” he said. “Watching these guys play open, running and everything, I just wanted to be a part of it. I sat down with my family and they told me, ‘take care of your body, that’s the most important thing.’ Once I’m 100 percent I’ll be able to get back out there and do what I love and enjoy.”
We talked about his freshman season, the Georgetown game, and what he hopes to next season. Will have a full story on our main website this evening.
Tyler Olander, who is recovering from a broken foot, is still rehabbing his injury and will probably be back on the court about the same time as Omar. Olander said the doctors want to make sure his foot is fully healed, mindful that Shabazz Napier, who had foot surgery last summer, had recurring problems during the season.