FAYETTEVILLE— Class of 2024 ESPN 5-star basketball prospect David Castillo made his second visit to Arkansas on Saturday and he is glad he did.
“I really like arising right here,” Castillo stated. “The environment in the gymnasium and simply the entire expertise is simply wonderful. I really like seeing everyone in there engaged, everyone in there locked in, prepared for what they wish to turn out to be which is a nationwide championship team. It’s actually thrilling to stand up right here.”
Castillo, 6-1, 175 kilos, of Bartlesville, Okla., has provides from Arkansas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, Illinois, Kansas State, Tulsa, Oral Roberts, South Carolina and different colleges.
He visited the Razorbacks for the soccer recreation in opposition to Texas final 12 months. His newest journey to Fayetteville helped him study extra about the program.
“I discovered quite a bit even like in simply follow,” Castillo stated. “The coaches introduced up into slightly assembly room they usually talked about how they may use me in conditions, and the way my fashion of play matches their fashion of play, and I believed it was fairly cool.”
ESPN charges Castillo the No. 1 level guard, No. 8 total prospect in the nation in his class and the No. 1 recruit in Oklahoma.
“Castillo performs finest with the ball in his palms as a scoring playmaker,” ESPN nationwide recruiting director Paul Biancardi stated. “He shoots and scores the ball at a excessive clip. After evaluating his recreation early in his profession it is evident he performs a mature recreation.
“He will learn the ground, find assist and try to make the proper play. A significant menace in ball-screen actions and isolation situations. He shows a intelligent and considerably shifty fashion to maintain defenders off steadiness and nonetheless make the help.”
Arkansas coach Eric Musselman and his workers have 52 years of NBA expertise and that was noticeable during Saturday’s follow.
“Just how NBA stage it’s, like the depth,” Castillo stated. “You watch different schools and also you see their practices and you are like ‘Whoa!’ You see why they’re such team as a result of all the pieces they do is with urgency and no wasted actions. Everything is with a objective they usually attempt to get issues carried out.”
He performed up for 17-under Team Griffin on the Nike EYBL circuit during the spring and summer time. He has dose of worldwide expertise as a member of the USA Men’s U17 World Cup Team this summer time. He scored 12 factors and had 1 rebound, 1 help and 1 steal in the 79-67 victory over Spain to assist the USA win Gold.
He was considered one of 12 gamers chosen to compete in the 2021 FIBA Americas U16 Championship in Xapala, Mexico, final summer time.
He helped the USA squad seize the championship of the FIBA Americas event whereas scoring 14 factors in the championship recreation and incomes a gold medal.
Castillo is not missing for communication with Musselman, assistant Anthony Ruta and assistant director of recruiting and scouting Blake Wetherington.
“It’s continuous actually,” he stated “I really like speaking to Coach Ruta, speaking to Coach Muss quite a bit. I really like listening to from them.”
ESPN 4-star small ahead prospect Dallas Thomas of Little Rock Parkview additionally visited Saturday. He and Castillo met final 12 months whereas visiting for the Texas recreation and have bonded since.
“I’d clearly love to return right here and play with Dallas,” Castillo stated. “When I made a decision to return up right here for an unofficial, I instructed Dallas, ‘Yeah I’m arising this time, come up right here with me.’ ”
He stated he has no thought when he would possibly slender his checklist of faculties.
“I’ve no clue, no clue in any respect,” he stated. “I attempt to take it day-by-day.”