With the regular season 80 percent over, it is not too early to ask an interesting question: who has been the most valuable boys basketball player in the FCIAC this season?
For me, judging an MVP comes down to one specific criterion: which team would be affected most adversely if you removed that player? Or, from the glass-half-full school, which player most positively impacts his team.
With that, my list comes down to five players: Schadrac Casimir of Trinity Catholic, Quincy McKnight of St. Joseph, Kurt Steidl of Ridgefield, Peter Rankowitz of Staples and Jeremiah Livingston of Westhill.
Casimir is the FCIAC’s leading scorer. McKnight is arguably the most versatile player. Stiedl and Rankowitz are players most teams feel, if shut down, give them a great chance at victory. And though Westhill is more of an ensemble, it is not tied for the top seed without the play of Livingston.
As for the other top teams — Bridgeport Central, Norwalk and Wilton — they rely more on collective efforts and are more likely to have a different player lead the way on a given night.
So which player do you think is the MVP? We will give you until noon on Friday to vote. And if you think my list of five is incomplete, vote in the “Other” category and write in a comment with who and why.
So lets see who the readers think is the boys basketball MVP so far this season.