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Casimir named MAAC Rookie of the Week with Iona basketball

Schadrac Casimir. Iona College freshman Schadrac Casimir. (ICGaels.com – Iona Athletics Photo)

Schadrac Casimir. Iona College freshman Schadrac Casimir. (ICGaels.com – Iona Athletics Photo)

Iona College freshman Schadrac Casimir, a guard with the Gaels’ men’s basketball team, was named the MAAC Rookie of the Week for his performance in a pair of victories last week.

Casimir, a 2013 graduate of Trinity Catholic High School, delivered 16 points in each game, as Iona won by scores of 86-77 over Florida Gulf Coast on Dec. 23, and 81-62 over Drexel on Dec. 28.

He added five rebounds and four assists against FGC, and had three rebounds and five assists in the win over Drexel.

For the season, Casimir has started all 13 games for the Gaels, averaging 16.2 points to rank third on the team. He is 67-of-143 for a shooting percentage of .469, and had 25 assists and 11 steals.

Casimir’s season-high in scoring came on Nov. 26, when he racked up 40 points in a 126-76 shellacking of Delaware State. He drained 8-of-9 three-pointers in that contest.

Iona is 8-5 overall and 1-1 in the MAAC heading into Sunday’s game against Siena in Albany, N.Y.

The Gaels will host three straight games in New Rochelle, N.Y., after that, facing Qunnipiac on Tuesday, Jan. 6, Canisius on Saturday, Jan. 10, and Fairfield on Tuesday, Jan. 13.

Iona College freshman Schadrac Casimir. (ICGaels.com – Iona Athletics Photo)

Iona College freshman Schadrac Casimir. (ICGaels.com – Iona Athletics Photo)

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