“He’s a competitive kid and that’s what you look for. You look for kids who want to play. When you see a kid like that competing every day, it really brings the whole team up.
“He competed in practice every day despite being the smallest kid on the team and he went out and fought every single night. He was our backup point guard so he played behind Pat Halloran, which was a tough spot to be in, but he pushed Pat the whole year in practice. Pat was a better player because of it. Casey served his role well.”
When Connelly informed Surgent’s parents of his nomination, it was kept a secret.
“Both of my parents text messaged me the day (Connelly) told them I got the award, but they wouldn’t tell me what it was for,” Surgent said.
“Tom came over and told me face-to-face what it was and they sat there with us when he told me. They were really happy about it.”
Surgent will accept his award at the IAABO banquet, which is scheduled for March 25 at the Danversport Yacht Club.
While his high school basketball career has ended, baseball is now just around the corner.
“I used to play first base, but I’m only 5 foot 4 inches tall, so they’re going to need someone a little taller,” he joked. “I typically play in the outfield.”
In terms of health, Surgent is fully healed and looking forward to what the coming years will bring.
“I am heading to college and want to major in accounting,” he said. “My top school that I want to go to is UMass Lowell.”