But it has been a long summer, and soon can't come soon enough.
"I went through a point where I Just wanted to be on the court so bad," Calhoun said. "Watching these guys play open, running and everything, I just wanted to be a part of it. I sat down with my family and they told me, 'take care of your body, that's the most important thing.' Once I'm 100 percent I'll be able to get back out there and do what I love and enjoy."
When Calhoun, who will be a sophomore, returns to the court, he expects to show everyone who cares about UConn men's basketball all that he wanted to show them last season. Calhoun had a solid freshman year, starting 29 of 30 games, averaging 32 minutes, 11.1 points and 3.9 rebounds. He had a game-winning shot in overtime at Providence and a score-tying shot at the buzzer against Georgetown on Feb. 27, a classic game the Huskies eventually lost in double overtime.
But Calhoun was playing near the end of the season with a sprained wrist and he played the entire season with discomfort in both hips, diagnosed as femoral acetabular impingement (FAI), which restricted his movement. Early in the season, it was decided Calhoun would play through the problem, then have surgeries in both hips after the season.
Bone was shaved to alleviate the impingement.
"I could have done a lot more if my hips were 100 percent," he said. "I'm looking to show everyone who the real Omar is."
Michael Joyce performed surgery on the left hip in March, the right in April. Calhoun then spent a month on crutches. Since late May, he has been doing the work: riding the stationary bike and the elliptical trainer, working in the pool. He is beginning to do light work on the court, such as back pedaling and occasionally, as he did on Thursday, he sneaks in some light shooting.
"Coach [Kevin] Ollie has spent a lot of time talking," Calhoun said. "He knows I'm coming through surgery and he says he's going to stick by my side and help me get through it. He wants my mental approach to be, 'don't take anything for granted. When I get back out here its time to go to work.' … I'm preparing myself mentally for when I've got my body back, and then I can add the physical part. "
Calhoun was told last week he is on schedule, which means he will be able to resume basketball activities in late August and practice with the team in October. FAI is common among athletes. Former Husky Donnell Beverly and current walk-on Brendan Allen have had similar surgeries.
"Last year, I couldn't move all the way, the way I wanted to offensively or defensively," Calhoun said. "I couldn't make moves the way I wanted to, exploding to the rim. Couldn't get my body right all the time so I could make those moves, finish and explode or the rim, so it stopped me at certain points.
"Now, it's gone. I don't feel anything at all. Little movements I can tell, when I have a basketball in my hand it's going to be lot better, I'm definitely more mobile and flexible after the surgery. We'll see how that translates on the court."
Calhoun, 6 feet 5, came out of Brooklyn and Christ The King in Queens, N.Y. as Gatorade player of the year. At a time when several players were bailing on UConn, with its coaching uncertainty and tournament ban, Calhoun stuck with his commitment.
At times, he looked shaky with the ball, especially against better competition, but as the season progressed, so did he. Calhoun scored 20 against Louisville on Jan. 14, and 21 vs. St. John's Feb. 6, and 15 in the win over Syracuse on Feb. 13.
His three pointer at the regulation buzzer against Georgetown, though, was the highlight. By then, Calhoun was playing with sprained wrist.
"That was a big moment," he said. "I was actually going through a lot, my wrist was injured. I was fighting through a lot in that game, I was able to concentrate and make a big play for our team."
By the end of the season, Calhoun's wrist limited his game significantly and he missed the last game against Providence on March 9. Since the surgeries, he has taken time to reflect on his entire experience.
"Initially, I had to get adjusted to the speed and strength of the game," he said. "It's a lot more organized than the high school level. You have to pick your spots for what you want to do throughout the offense, and you have to always be aware on defense. There are always back screens, some kind of screens going on, and with the scouting reports and everything. … [This coming season] I can do lot more with ball in my hands, getting teammates involved a lot more, more playmaking."
Tyler Olander, who had surgery to repair a broken foot, is also progressing, but will probably not be on the court for another month. "They want make sure it's completely healed," he said. Last summer, Shabazz Napier had foot surgery, but then had recurring problems during the season. … Freshman Terrence Samuel has not started classes; he will arrive for the start of the fall semester, he said last Saturday. … Ollie's charity golf tournament, to benefit The Tolland Fund, is set for Aug. 5 at Glastonbury Hills Country Club.