RAMSTEIN AIR BASE – Omar Calhoun, who has been impressive in the two exhibition games, especially from three-point range, has an unusual shot, as many of you have noticed. I ran into Jay Bilas at the air base hotel – he was able to watch the Huskies practice here Wednesday and came away very impressed.
“It’s basically a set-shot,” Bilas said, “a set three. … It’s unusual, but it goes in.”
Omar release the ball from chest level, instead of the high, over-head release point that is normally taught. “But he gets the shot off so quick, they’re not going to be able to block it,” Bilas said. “Besides, you want players taking good shots anyway, you’re not looking for them to take shots with people hanging all over them. So it shouldn’t be an issue. It goes in.”
Bilas predicts shooting in the wide open, airy airplane hangar will be tricky, as it was on the aircraft carrier last year.
Bilas will be working with Dan Schulman on the ESPN telecast on Friday night. They are doing SportsCenter from one of the nearby hangars on the base today, with Jim Calhoun, Kevin Ollie and Tom Izzo making appearances.
In addition to the blog, I am writing a running diary of the trip on the Courant’s main website, so check out my posts there. Spent some time with a former Newington High running back, now Senior Airman Steven Chamble on The Base this morning.