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Casey Named Rookie of the Year; Lin Earns First Team Honors

Pictured: Jeremy Lin and Kyle Casey are representing Harvard on the 2009-10 All-Ivy League team.  

The Ivy League office has released the 2009-10 men’s basketball all-conference honors and Harvard senior guard Jeremy Lin has been named a unanimous first team selection while freshman Kyle Casey has been named the Rookie of the Year.

See Also: Lin Named Ivy League MVP by CollegeInsider.com

Casey was also named to the Honorable Mention team and was the only freshman to earn postseason honors. Lin was one of four players unanimously named to the first team, joining Cornell’s Jeff Foote and Ryan Wittman along with Penn’s Zack Rosen. Louis Dale of Cornell was also named to the first team.

Lin, who earlier in the day was named the MVP of the league by ColelgeInsider.com,  is a finalist for the Bob Cousy Award, which goes to the nation’s top point guard as well as the John R. Wooden Award for the national player of the year.

Harvard set numerous program records including wins (21), non-conference wins (11), home wins (11) and road/neutral wins (10) and is awaiting word on a postseason tournament following a 21-7 overall record and a 10-4 mark in Ivy play.     

Last year, Lin was the only player in Division I to rank among his league’s top 10 in every statistical category. This season, he become the first player in the history of the Ivy League to record 1,450 points (1,471), 450 rebounds (487), 400 assists (401) and 200 steals (224).

At the end of the regular season, he ranks first all-time in games played (114) at Harvard, fifth in points (1,471), fifth in assists (401) and second in steals (224).

Lin led the Ivy League in steals in each of the past three seasons with 70 this season alone. He is a three-time all-conference honoree.

All told for the season, Lin averaged 16.6 points, 4.3 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 2.5 steals and 1.1 blocks per game while shooting 52.3 percent from the floor overall, 35 percent from 3-point range and 76 percent from the free throw line (144-190).

He made nearly 60 percent of his 2-point field goal attempts during the season (115-192, .599).

Lin was a four-time Ivy League Player of the Week and earned a spot on its weekly Honor Roll in 13 of his team’s 15 weeks of games.

Casey meanwhile took the Ivy League by storm after being named the preseason rookie of the year in several publications.

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.

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.

All-Ivy Men's Basketball 2009-10

First Team
Louis Dale, Cornell (Sr., G, Birmingham, Ala.)
*Jeff Foote, Cornell (Sr., C, Lockwood, N.Y.)
*Ryan Wittman, Cornell (Sr., G/F, Eden Prairie, Minn.)
*Jeremy Lin, Harvard (Sr., G, Palo Alto, Calif.)
*Zack Rosen, Penn (So., G, Colonia, N.J.)

Second Team
Matt Mullery, Brown (Sr., F, Millstone, N.J.)
Noruwa Agho, Columbia (So., G, New City, N.Y.)
Jack Eggleston, Penn (Jr., F, Noblesville, Ind.)
Douglas Davis, Princeton (So., G, Philadelphia, Pa.)
Dan Mavraides, Princeton (Jr., G, San Mateo, Calif.)
Alex Zampier, Yale (Sr., G, East Greenbush, N.Y.)

Honorable Mention
Chris Wroblewski, Cornell (So., G, Highland Park, Ill.)
Kyle Casey, Harvard (Fr., F, Medway, Mass.)
Michael Sands, Yale (Jr., F, Franklin Square, N.Y.)

Player of the Year
Ryan Wittman, Cornell

Rookie of the Year
Kyle Casey, Harvard

Defensive Player of the Year
Jeff Foote, Cornell

* unanimous selection