College basketball recruiting live updates: Rankings, transfers, commits, decommits and latest news

College basketball recruiting live updates: Rankings, transfers, commits, decommits and latest news

Class of 2024 prospect David Castillo is one of the best point guards in the nation and continues to rack up accolades.

Castillo, 16, has already scored 1,000 career points and has two gold medals. He spoke to The Athletic about what playing for Team USA meant to him and his busy summer.

“I’d say it’s everything. My parents are immigrants and to be able to represent my family and then do it on the biggest stage is something that makes my parents know that they’re special,” Castillo said. “Winning the USA gold medal was really amazing. Even from U16s, it was the same feeling putting on that gold medal so to do that again is just surreal. Coming back from winning gold in Spain and competing in Peach Jam was really fun too, playing against the best teams and the experience was great.”

The 6-foot-1, 165-pound PG attended Damian Lillard’s invite-only ‘Formula Zero’ camp in September alongside several of the nation’s best high school prospects and collegiate basketball players.

“Going to Formula Zero was amazing too. Learned lots of tips from Phil Beckner and Damian Lillard both on the court and off the court. The summer was breathtaking and everything I could ask for and more!”

At the camp, Castillo asked several questions and soaked in all the advice the college athletes and former NBA players would give him.

“Dame and the older college guys gave lots of gems. When I went, I made sure I was asking questions nonstop and trying to soak up everything I can from them. One of the biggest things that stood out for me from Dame is his focus . The way he approaches his workouts, being there 30 minutes early, locked in and precise on every movement he does, and having the same focus when he is tired. Everything he did was with a purpose,” he said. “I also had a chance to talk with guys like Caleb Love, Keyonte George, Jalen Wilson, Marcus Sasser, and Mike Miles, just to name a few. It was dope seeing them because I study a lot of their games. And to ask them questions and giving them out little tips that help you separate yourself for that next level is really cool of them.”

Going into his junior year, Castillo wants to win a state championship and win Oklahoma’s Gatorade Player of the Year. “The biggest goal is to have a winning season,” Castillo said. “Win all the tournaments we play in, win regionals, win area, then eventually win state. Winning in everything I do and taking it step by step is my main goal. Also want to be Oklahoma’s Gatorade player of the year as well.”

As his game grows, so does his recruitment. Castillo has heard from a long list of schools and told The Athletic what he is looking for in a college program.

“Since the last time we talked I’ve been in contact with these new schools: Arkansas, Arizona, BYU, Florida, Gonzaga, Kansas, Kansas State’s new staff, LSU, Missouri, Oregon, Texas, Tulsa’s new staff, Virginia and Villanova ,” Castillo said.

“What I look for in a college choice and coaching staff is to go somewhere where I can play with freedom, come in and a make an impact as a freshman, and a coaching staff I can grow with through any adversity.”

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