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Paddy Casey one of top rookies

Paddy Casey ranked among the top newcomers to National Collegiate Athletic Association Division II men’s basketball in the eastern half of the state for his performance at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia this season.

The website named Casey to the All-Rookie Team for its coverage area, which includes the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Eastern Division, the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference South Division and Lincoln University, the only Pennsylvania school in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association.

Casey, a JB Hoops and Scranton Prep alum, played more than 36 minutes per game as a freshman. He hit 40.5 percent of his 3-point attempts while averaging 11.3 points per game.

The 6-foot-1 guard missed three games with an ankle injury, but started the other 26 games and was twice named CCAC Rookie of the Week.

Casey also averaged 3.7 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game. He shot 41.5 percent from the floor and 75.8 percent from the line.

When the University of the Sciences (16-13) knocked off top-seeded Bloomfield, 72-63, in the CCAC quarterfinals, Casey went 4-for-7 on 3-pointers and scored 14 points.

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