Christ the King basketball stars Omar and Sierra Calhoun are going to have pretty good seats to Monday night's Knicks game.
The siblings will be attending the game with Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who invited them Wednesday to the game. The senior, Omar, and sophomore, Sierra, are two of the top players in New York City.
"They are excited and honored to be invited," Omar Calhoun Sr. said in a text message. "I'm excited for them to be able to spend some time with the mayor, who I look at as a brilliant man."
A representative from the mayor's office contacted Christ the King boys basketball coach Joe Arbitello on Wednesday and told the coach that a story about the pair intrigued the mayor, and he wanted to meet them. The Knicks face Milwaukee on Monday.
Omar is a four-star recruit, according to ESPNU, who is headed to Connecticut in the fall. He is the all-time leading scorer at Christ the King and led the Royals to three division titles, two division tournament titles, two Intersectional tournament titles and one State Federation title in his three years on the varsity team.
Sierra is one of the nation's elite sophomore talents and is ranked No. 11 in her class by ESPNU. She is also a four-star recruit and is drawing interest from the nation's top programs. Sierra pioneered her team to upsets against nationally ranked teams this season as well as the Brooklyn/Queens Division I tournament title.
"I think the mayor has invited them not just because they are great basketball players, but I think he also invited them because they are high-character kids," Omar Calhoun Sr. said in a text message.
Their respective coaches spoke glowingly about the pair. Christ the King girls coach Bob Mackey described the siblings as well-grounded, normal people who are very polite and well-spoken. He believes it's a tremendous opportunity for them and said that these types of opportunities are what New York City is all about.
"It's nice that somebody noticed what type of family they are," Arbitello added. "They're a good family and they were raised the right way and they don't get involved in the nonsense. People recognize that. That's the way they grew up."
Omar and Sierra will be pulling for the hometown team on Monday.
"They are big Carmelo (Anthony) and (Amare) Stoudemire fans," Omar Calhoun Sr. said in a text message.