Two of the city’s best High School basketball players just so happen to be siblings, and the Park Slope phenoms are the subject of a profile in New York Magazine, published online this weekend.
Omar Calhoun Jr., a senior at Christ the King (an elite basketball high school in Queens, according to the report), and his sister Sierra Calhoun, a sophomore at Christ the King, have been ranked best in their class in the city, and the New York profile takes an in-depth look into how their family deals with the constant presence of college basketball recruiters at their games.
The pair, who practice at the and have school grade averages in the nineties, are inspired by their parents to work hard and stay grounded, according to the report. The Calhoun’s were barred from listening to rap music as kids, and today don’t have Twitter or Facebook accounts, says the profile, but that’s because their parents believe the time could be better spent learning, or practicing.
“The dad is very guarded, but for all the right reasons,” Brandin Knight, a University of Pittsburgh assistant coach, told New York Magazine. “I see a lot of parents who are all about ‘What can I get?’ The Calhouns are not out selling their kids.”