Photo credit: AP Photo – Dean Hare
Washington State junior DeAngelo Casto (above, right) hinted for months that he may forgo his final year college eligibility and today the Cougars announced the second-team all-Pac-10 forward decided not to return to school.
He told the Spokesman-Review he left WSU in order to support his young son.
“There are a lot of reasons, but mainly for paper value,” Casto said. “My kid, my son, I want to support him. I have to be able to support him, take care of him, provide for him.
“It didn’t look like I would be able to maintain financially if I stayed.”
Casto isn’t projected as a NBA draft prospect and is expected to pursue a professional playing career overseas.
“We appreciate everything DeAngelo has given to the Washington State men’s basketball program,” WSU coach Ken Bone said in a statement released by the school. “His effort on the court was always outstanding and it led to a very good season where he earned All-Pac-10 honors. Now that he’s moving on to pursue a professional career in basketball, we wish him nothing but the best.”
Casto led WSU with a 7.3 rebounding average and his 12.0 scoring average was third on the team. He was selected to the Pac-10 all-defensive team last season and finished his three-year career ranked No. 2 on WSU’s blocks list with 165.
Casto is the sixth Pac-10 player who will leave school early. The others include: Arizona’s Derrick Williams, Washington’s Isaiah Thomas, USC’s Nikola Vucevic and UCLA’s Tyler Honeycutt and Malcolm Lee.
Casto’s teammate Klay Thompson (above, left) is leaning towards leaving WSU, according to his father Mychal.
April 15, 2011 at 5:18 PM
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