Offseason surgery is a standard thing for athletes. For college basketball players, knees go under the knife most often, with lingering ankle and foot injuries fairly common as well. UConn’s Omar Calhoun has spent four months of his summer overcoming an unusual surgery, however. According to the Hartford Courant, the rising sophomore suffered from something called femoral acetabular impingement, which required surgeons to shave down his hip bones.
Let’s take a momentary cringe break.
Calhoun is working hard to get back into playing shape as soon as possible. The Brooklyn native doesn’t want anything to get in the way of his appearing in the Huskies’ season opener, against Maryland at the Barclay’s Center.
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.
Calhoun had a reasonably productive freshman season with the Huskies, averaging 11.1 points per game and grabbing the third-most playing time for UConn. He’ll once again be sharing time in a guard-heavy rotation alongside established veterans Shabazz Napier and Ryan Boatright. Standing 6’5″, Calhoun can play swing in a three-guard lineup or spell either of his talented teammates. As long as those hips are feeling better, that is.
Monmouth used a 17-2 run in the final minutes to beat Rider on Friday night, a win that will keep the Hawks within striking distance of the kind of an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament should they fall in the MAAC tourney.
The run was capped by star point guard Justin Robinson, who buried this three with three seconds left to put Monmouth up for good, 79-78:
Allonzo Trier scored 15 of his 18 points in the second half and Parker Jackson-Cartwright scored 16 points in his second career start as No. 17 Arizona knocked off UCLA, 81-75, in Tucson on Friday night.
UCLA was up by as much as 11 points in the first half and took a ten point lead into half time, but in the second half, the Bruins were eventually done in by foul trouble and the stronger front line of the Wildcats.
Ryan Anderson and Kaleb Tarczewski were dominant down the stretch. The duo combined to score 12 of the last 23 point for the Wildcats, including the bucket that put the Wildcats ahead for the first time since early in the first half. Off of a missed free throw, UCLA’s Thomas Welsh battled with Tarczewski for the rebound, but when Welsh finally seemed to gain control of the loose ball, Anderson knocked it out of his hands and bullied through Jonah Bolden for a layup.
All told, those two combined for 20 points and 27 boards, seven of which were offensive. They also managed to foul out both Welsh and Tony Parker, although some of the calls that went against UCLA down the stretch were questionable.
The win keeps Arizona within a game of first place Oregon in the Pac-12 standings and tied for second with No. 23 USC, who will be visiting the McKale Center on Sunday night.