Pictured: Kyle Casey has recorded career-high outings in each of his previous two games (Steve Slade).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Harvard freshman forward Kyle Casey has been named the Ivy League Rookie of the Week in an announcement by the league office Monday afternoon. Casey is joined on the weekly Honor Roll by senior guard Jeremy Lin who was earned mention in every week of competition this season.
It is the second rookie of the week honor for a Harvard player this season with Dee Giger earning mention after the opening week of play.
Casey guided Harvard to three wins during the week as the Crimson outscored its opponents (MIT, George Washington, Seattle) by an average of 20.3 points. The Medway, Mass. native recorded career-highs in consecutive games against George Washington and Seattle with 15 and 19 points, respectively off the bench. Against GW, Casey was 11-for-13 form the free throw line; Against Seattle he was 7-for-10 from the floor. For the week, the freshman averaged 13.7 points and 5.7 rebounds in 22 minutes per game while shooting 65 percent from the floor (11-17) and 90 percent from the foul line (18-20).
Lin did it all during the week, averaging 18.7 points, 4.7 rebounds, 4.6 steals, 4.0 assists and 1.6 blocks while shooting better than 59 percent overall (19-32, .594) and 88 percent from the free throw line (15-17, .882). Lin led all scorers for both teams in all three games.
Against MIT, Lin had 18 points, four assists, three blocks and three steals in just 26 minutes; Against GW, he had 14 first half points en route to 17 for the game with eight rebounds, five assists and a career-high seven steals; Against Seattle, Lin had 21 points (8-9 FG) and four steals.
Sophomore forward Keith Wright also played well, averaging 11.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per game while shooting 67 percent from the floor (14-21 FG) and 72 percent from the foul line (5-7) in an average of just 23 minutes per game.
Entering its game on Monday night at Santa Clara, Harvard has already established a program record for nonleague victories in a season (10), surpassing a mark of nine established back in 1957-58 ... The Crimson also established a record for the earliest run to 10 victories in a season (Jan. 2) ... The Crimson rank sixth nationally in free throw shooting ... Harvard's 66-53 win over George Washington (12/30) gave the Crimson its first victory against a team from the Atlantic-10 Conference since the 1980-81 (Massachusetts) ... Four of Harvard's four frontcourt players are shooting better than 60 percent from the floor. Pat Magnarelli (.632), Doug Miller (.618), Keith Wright (.606) and Kyle Casey (.600). Wright leads the Ivy League in field goal percentage at .606 for players with enough attempts to qualify ... Harvard is shooting nearly 100 percentage points higher than its opposition this season (.489 to .393) ... Harvard has won four games this season by at least 21 points ... Jeremy Lin enters play with 190 career steals. Lin has led the Ivy League in steals in each of the past two seasons and ranks third all-time at Harvard ... Four different players have game 6+ assist games this season; Jeremy Lin (high of 9 vs. W&M), Oliver McNally (high of 9 against UNH); Christian Webster (high of 6 against MIT), Brandyn Curry (high of 6 at Seattle) ... Harvard's four main guards all boast positive assist-to-turnover ratio.