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Alumni Report: Casey making immediate impact on Division II level

Paddy Casey has quickly become a vital part of the lineup at the University of the Sciences, an NCAA Division II school in Philadelphia.

The Scranton Prep and JB Hoops alum is the team’s top 3-point shooter. He ranks second on the Devils in minutes played, assists and steals while averaging in double figures in scoring through seven games.

Casey matched his season-high Sunday when he scored 16 points while helping the Devils rally from a six-point halftime deficit to beat Pitt-Johnstown, 71-69. He hit four of five shots in the second half. Casey finished 7-for-12 from the floor with 8 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals.

University of the Sciences is 4-3 heading into its conference opener Saturday at Holy Family. The Devils are picked by conference coaches to finish third of seven teams in the Central Athletic Collegiate Conference South Division.

Casey has started all seven games for the Devils, who opened the season by winning the Wilmington Tip-Off Classic in Delaware.

The 6-1 freshman guard is averaging 11.1 points, 4.1 rebounds and 3.1 assists while shooting 45.9 percent from the floor, 40.0 percent from 3-point range and 58.8 percent from the line. He has played 36 or more minutes in 4 games.

Casey led Scranton Prep to title repeats last season as Lackawanna League Division 1 and District 2 Class 4A champion. He was named NPF Sports District 2 Big School Player of the Year and second-team, all-state.

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