Phoenixville, Pa. – Brooklyn native Sierra Calhoun is moving closer to choosing one of the nation’s top women’s basketball programs.
The Christ the King rising senior had a long list of suitors and has narrowed them down to three before her final travel ball season truly began. Calhoun’s short list is down to defending national champion UConn, Notre Dame, and Duke after recently eliminating Tennessee from her final four.
She saw no reason to let programs she isn’t interested in hang around. Instead Calhoun, the No. 10-ranked prospect in her class by ESPN, wants to narrow her focus to help her make the best choice possible. She has paid unofficial visits to all three schools already, but she has no plans to rush her final decision.
“I don’t really know,” Calhoun said. “I could make my decision tomorrow, before the season or in the season.”
The sought-after wing said UConn doesn’t necessarily have an advantage, despite the fact that her big brother, Omar, is coming off a successful freshman season with the Huskies men’s squad. The siblings played two years together at Christ the King, but Calhoun doesn’t want to let her brother’s choice determine her own decision as she shapes her future.
“I’m just looking to pick the best program for me,” Calhoun said. “He chose the best program for him.”
One advantage she got from Omar was watching first hand want it’s like to be a high-profile recruit. Her Gauchos travel team coach, Earl Elliott, feels Calhoun and her family have learned a lot from Omar’s recruiting process, and have been very intelligent throughout hers.
“They have a real feel for what’s going on,” Elliot said.
Whichever program lands her will be getting a complete and versatile player. The 6-foot Calhoun prides herself as being a combo guard, who can also play the small forward if needed. She’s worked hard on improving herself as a point guard, though Elliott she will most likely be a shooting guard in college.
“That’s what makes her special, she can do so many different things,” Elliott said. “She is definitely comfortable handling the ball. We just have to get her more comfortable running the offense.”
He feels that will come quickly for someone with Calhoun’s basketball IQ. It will only add to her abilities to rebound and defend another team’s top player.
She isn’t treating this summer any different despite being so close to her college decision. Calhoun feels she isn’t done proving herself and loves to compete every time she steps on the floor.
She helped lead her Gauchos travel team to the Platinum bracket championship at the Blue Chip USA Invitational at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center last weekend.
“I may be in a different place,” Calhoun said. “But I’m not in a different mindset.”Reach reporter Joseph Staszewski at jstaszewsk