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Jan 9, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; DePaul Blue Demons guard Brandon Young (20) dribbles the ball with Butler Bulldogs guard Rene Castro (14) defending during the second half at Hinkle Fieldhouse. DePaul won 99-94 in double overtime. Mandatory Credit: Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports

First Impressions: Rene Castro

When a kid takes the PBC Pro-Am by storm the way Rene Castro did, it gets difficult to contain your excitement and remember what league you’re watching. Still, he scored more points than anyone and was top 10 in assists given the same environment as everyone else. He closed the summer with forty plus points in three of his final six games including a league record 56 points in the championship. Even in a league known for little defense, that kind of a performance is almost unheard of.

Athleticism/Physical Makeup

Castro was quicker and more athletic than I expected. In high school film I saw, he looked more methodical than explosive. That wasn’t the case this summer.

Tendencies

Castro appears to be the kind of high volume, pass and shoot point guard that Jim Ferry has recruited plenty of in his head coaching career. Castro does a little bit of everything and beat defenders in a number of ways. He’s aggressive and plays quickly looking to either take a jumper, get to the hoop or find an open teammate early in the offensive set.

Effort to Output

Castro looked like a serious competitor. He brought a lot of energy to games, but I do think he was holding back a little.

Decision Making

Castro was streaky hot, but didn’t really change his playing style when he was cool. He didn’t often force plays and showed some deceptiveness on his passes and his drives. He took what the defense gave him and they gave him quite a bit. In his first couple of games he would help defend inside until he realized no one else was doing it.

Player Comparison

Castro reminds me a lot of Tyreek Duren with his skill set, attacking mindset and ability to create for his teammates. I think Castro will be a higher volume player, but I think the ability is there. While I often temper my expectations when comparing young Dukes to all – conference players, I’d be disappointed if Castro didn’t develop into one.

 

First Year Outlook

We all know where transfer Castro will be next season, but I think he could challenge for the lion’s share of minutes at point guard as a redshirt sophomore. He has a year to work on the warts in his game that caused him to earn marginal playing time at Butler and I think he’ll be ready to go by the he returns to competition.

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