Harvard freshman guard Kyle Casey entered Harvard in the fall amidst plenty of hype for his basketball prowess as well as his overall character. The past few days, filled with postseason accolades, have illustrated Casey’s delivery on all fronts with the Medway, Mass. native earning Ivy League rookie of the year honors in every publication on the market.
Casey, who turned down Stanford and Vanderbilt among other schools, took the Ancient Eight by storm along with fellow rookies Brandyn Curry, Dee Giger and Christian Webster who comprised the league’s top recruiting class. This year’s freshmen class formed Harvard’s second straight top-ranked recruiting class in the Ivy and helped guide the Crimson to its best record in program history.
Casey played a large role in that showing as he was recently named the league’s top rookie or freshman by the Ivy coaches, Basketball-U, RushTheCourt and Sporting News. RushTheCourt took another step by naming Casey as the conference’s Sixth Man of the Year.
He averaged 10.3 points and 5.2 rebounds per game despite averaging just 23 minutes per game. He did play in all 28 games with nine starts, finishing with 25 blocked shots and shooting the ball 53 percent from the floor, 40 percent from 3-point range and nearly 82 percent from the free throw line.
Casey was a four-time Ivy League Rookie of the Week as well as its Player of the Week one time. No other freshman earned top rookie honors more than twice and Casey was the only rookie to earn top player honors during the season. In fact, when Casey was named the league’s top player following a pair of 20-point road efforts on Feb 15, he became the first Ivy League rookie to earn player of the week honors in over eight years.
After scoring 12 points in a season-opening win at Holy Cross, Casey did not reach double figures in scoring for another 11 games before logging career-highs in three consecutive games starting Dec. 30 against George Washington (15 points), and continuing at Seattle (19) and finishing with a 27-point outburst at Santa Clara. In those three games, Casey got to the free throw line 33 times, making 28 while shooting 15-of-18 from the floor and averaging 6.7 rebounds per game.
Casey went on to match his 27-points in an 8-for-9 from the floor (8-9 FT) with nine rebounds at Brown. He also had a 20-point game the night before in an overtime win at Yale.
In all, Casey reached double figures in scoring 11 times while leading the Crimson in rebounding 12 times.
Harvard finished the regular season at 21-7 overall and 10-4 in the Ivy League, setting numerous program records including wins (21), non-conference wins (11), home wins (11) and road/neutral wins (10).