STAMFORD, Conn. — There was not a better basketball player in the Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference than Trinity Catholic’s Schadrac Casimir. There may not have been a player in the state, either.
Casimir, a senior guard at the high school in Stamford, has averaged 28 points a game to lead the Crusaders to a 7-0 record. He was named The Stamford Daily Voice Athlete of the Month for December.
His best game scoring-wise came in an 89-81 double overtime win over Greenwich on Dec. 14. Casimir hit three-pointers at the end of regulation and the first overtime and then hit seven free throws in the second overtime. Casimir, who made second team all-conference last year, is second in the state in points per game.
“He worked really hard in the off season,’’ Trinity coach Mike Walsh said. “He spent a lot of time weight training, working on his body and improving his jump shot. His defense is much better. He worked on all aspects of his game.”
Walsh believes Casimir’s work ethic is what separates him from other players. “He always looks to get better,’’ Walsh said. “He’s not satisfied. And I think he’ll get better as he goes on. He just turned 17 in November, so he’s a young senior. I think he has a lot of opportunity grow. He’s one of the hardest works we’ve had at Trinity, and we’ve had a lot of good players.”
Casimir, a 5-foot, 9-inch guard, has seen a mix of defenses. Norwalk tried a box-and-one to stop him from getting the ball, but he scored 26 points in a 77-67 win. In a game with a much slower pace, the Crusaders beat La Salle Academy of New York, 59-55, in a holiday tournament. Casimir scored 20 points.
Casimir is hitting 41 percent (16-of-39) from three-point range and is shooting 96 percent (56-for-58) from the foul line.
Trinity is the top-ranked team in Class L and is ranked fifth in the most recent state poll by the New Haven Register. Casimir helped the Crusaders to win the Class M title in 2011, but they have not won a league crown since 2008. Casimir and the Crusaders seem intent on ending that drought.
“It doesn’t surprise how well we’re playing because this team has something to prove,’’ Walsh said. “We lost a couple of transfers and everyone thought Trinity lost a lot. I think they thought we could still be the Trinity team we always were. They like each other, and I think it shows up on the court.”