BASKETBALL: Meriden’s all-time scorer fine-tuning game with ND-West Haven prep team

BASKETBALL: Meriden’s all-time scorer fine-tuning game with ND-West Haven prep team

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WEST HAVEN — D.J. Ransom’s ultimate goal is to play college basketball and Meriden’s all-time leading scorer remains on that path.

Ransom is playing this season on Notre Dame-West Haven’s new prep-level team. Ransom is one of the first players off the bench for the Green Knights and averages five points per game.

From 2015-19, in his four years at Wilcox Tech, Ransom rewrote the Meriden record book for career points (2,154) and points in a single season (678). Those 678 points came last year, in Ransom’s senior year, when he averaged 29.5 points per contest.

Ransom was the first Connecticut tech player to go over 2,000 points and he ranks 13th on the Connecticut boys basketball all-time scoring list.

The Indians won 54 games in Ransom’s final three years at Wilcox. He was twice named the Record-Journal Boys Basketball Player of the Year.

“I feel I’ve known D.J. for years following his superstar career at Wilcox Tech,” Notre Dame coach Nick DeFeo said. “Being from Southington, Meriden is right next door, so I knew who he was.”

Ransom’s father reached out to DeFeo after last season and D.J. went for a visit.

“We talked about a few things,” DeFeo said. “He was recruited out of high school by Division III. He wanted another year of basketball at a higher level before college. It was a good match.”

Ransom said his prep year at Notre Dame (13-11) has been a positive.

“This year helped me out because I still needed to work on some things after high school,” Ransom said. “I’m getting bigger and working on my game and getting more prepared for college.”

Ransom said he’s improved since his days at Wilcox Tech. The 6-foot-2 shooting guard said he stays before and after practice to get more work in.

“My goal is to get more looks for college and keep working on my game,” Ransom said. “Right now, I’m talking to a Division II school.”

DeFeo said Ransom will succeed wherever he ends up in college.

“He’s a tremendous kid who can play,” DeFeo said. “He comes in with our second rotation and plays shooting guard and has been effective all year. He’s hit some big shots for us this year. He can score and his defense and toughness has improved this year.”

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