Players to watch: Sierra Calhoun, CK
Basketball greatness is apparently in Sierra Calhoun’s genes.
Her older brother Omar graduated as the all-time leading scorer in Christ the King boys basketball history and Sierra has already placed her name among the greats to play for the school’s powerhouse girls program.
And she’s only a rising junior.
The 6-foot guard is just scratching the surface of her potential after a standout sophomore year that landed her on MSG Varsity’s All-City first team in the winter.
Calhoun averaged 22 points, seven rebounds and 3.5 steals per game, taking her game to another level late in the season, helping lead the Royals to their 26th Brooklyn/Queens Division I title in 28 years.
In fact, she fought off foul trouble in that championship game against Bishop Ford to score 14 of her game-high 22 points in the fourth quarter, including nine in the final 3:17.
“I think it was time to step up,” Calhoun said after the game. “The game started getting a little close, I was in foul trouble, but I just stepped up as one of the leaders of the team.”
Calhoun also played well down the stretch against eventual New York State Federation Class AA champion Cicero North Syracuse, scoring 20 points, including several down the stretch for the upset victory.
The Park Slope native, who is equally adept at hitting outside shots and driving to the basket, has drawn a bevy of Division I interest from schools including the University of Connecticut, where Omar is about to begin his freshman year.
“Sierra Calhoun is a stud,” Bishop Ford coach Mike Toro said after the Brooklyn/Queens Division I title game. “Big-time players make big-time plays and she stepped up for her team and made plays. You have to give her credit.”
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