Butler Recruit Focus: Rene Castro

Mar 23, 2013; Lexington, KY, USA; Butler Bulldogs cheerleader in the game against the Marquette Golden Eagles during the third round of the NCAA basketball tournament at Rupp Arena. Marquette defeated Butler 74-72. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

Profile:

Position:  Shooting Guard

Size:  6-foot-1 and 180 pounds

High School and Travel Team:  Worcester Academy and BABC

Recruit rankings:

ESPN 3-star recruit

Rivals.com 3-star recruit

247Sports.com’s 216th ranked player and 55th ranked SG

Scout.com 3-star recruit

Strengths:

Castro is a talented combo-guard who has great scoring instincts.  He has range out to 3, but has the handles and strong body to be an effective slasher.  He is very quick in the open court and is noted for being able to finish on both sides of the basket. He’s got good length that makes him a menace of a defender and his aggressive mindset on the offensive end keeps defenders off-balance.

Weaknesses:

While Castro is noted as a combo-guard, he isn’t necessarily an effective point guard.  His aggressive nature too often has him looking for his own scoring opportunities instead of running an effective offensive set.  And while he has the makeup of an ideal defender, he often is not aggressive enough to where he could make a significant difference.

How he will fit in:

If Castro had more of a point guard mentality he would probably have a better opportunity to jump in right away and garner significant playing time.  But nonetheless, besides Kellen Dunham, the Bulldogs aren’t returning too much in terms of serious offensive threats.  Castro has the makeup to come in right away and provide a spark.  If he can combine his aggressive mentality with the ability to drive and kick or pump-fake and pass, he could give Butler’s offense a different look for opponents.

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Topics: Basketball, Big East, Butler Bulldogs, Rene Castro

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