By DAVID MCCOY, WSBT-TV Reporter
7:21 PM EST, March 3, 2011
If Bo Calhoun had his way, his jump shot would do the all talking.
"Around people, I'm kind of shy,” Calhoun said. “Unless I'm with Carl (Taylor) and them, because they make me laugh a lot. But I can be vocal too.”
A shy kid, who's a vocal leader. It's an interesting combination, but it sure works for Calhoun.
"He's not always talking,” Panthers coach Chad Johnston said. “But when he talks, most people listen to him."
That's because in the biggest games, he rises to the occasion. Like earlier this year against first-place Riley, when he scored 26 points and had 13 rebounds. A shy kid, thriving in pressure situations.
"I think basketball pretty much is his outlet to stuff,” Johnston said. “Kind of his way to express himself."
He's Washington's leading scorer with 17 points per game, but his influence goes much farther than that. He often stays after practice to help out with the freshmen, and serves as a role model and mentor to younger players.
"Little kids are always saying 'what up' to me,” Calhoun said. “I like that."
In short, he's exactly the kind of player - and person - Johnston wants all his Panthers to be.
“I think he's been on the honor roll since he's been at Washington,” Johnston said. “He's got a 3.1 GPA, he's never been to the office, never been in trouble with any teachers. (He's) in school every day. (He's) what you want a Washington High School player to be."
Calhoun plans to pursue a business degree in college, and that means playing college basketball. He is being recruited by several MAC schools.
"He's definitely going to go to college and play basketball. His grades are good enough,” Johnston said. “And he'll make wherever he goes a very good basketball team."
Just like he has at Washington.
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