MYCHAL THOMPSON came to Pullman on Thursday to talk with his son Klay about the WSU junior's…
Casto announces end to days in crimson
"We appreciate everything DeAngelo has given to the Washington State men's basketball program," coach Ken Bone said in a news release. "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, who starred at Freeman and Ferris High schools in the Spokane area, made the Pac-10 Conference All-Defensive team the past two years. He was named to the all-conference second team this season and ranks second in WSU's career record books with 165 blocks in three seasons.
Casto, a 6-foot-8, 255-pound post player at Washington State, hopes to play in the NBA but is generally considered to be an overseas pro prospect at this point.
Chad Ford, the NBA-draft analyst for ESPN, ranks Casto the 216th-best prospect for the 2011 draft. Only 60 players are selected in the draft's two rounds.
Casto acknowledged early in the season that he might not return for his senior year, one reason being that he wanted to make money to support his child, who was born in 2010.
Casto, who has reportedly dropped out of Washington State to train, did not hide his distaste for some college classes. Casto, who was born into abject poverty in the St. Louis area and adopted by a Freeman couple as a grade-schooler, often struggled in school.
The Cougars have no returning players or incoming recruits ideally suited to replace Casto as a regular post player at the Pac-10 level.
Junior wing Klay Thompson, who led the Pac-10 in scoring this season with 21.6 points per game, is also pondering turning pro. He is expected to enter the NBA draft, but has the option to withdraw within a certain number of days.
Second-leading scorer Faisal Aden (12.7) is a shooting guard like Thompson, and incoming junior Mike Ladd averaged 10.3 points as a starting shooting guard at Fresno State in 2009-10.
Cougfan.com Recommended Stories
Pac-12 Hoops Media Day Notebook
SAN FRANCISCO -- Some quick hit comments from Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott on the state of the Pac-12 and some new initiatives that are coming this men's basketball season, including an update on…Read More
WSU practice: Pole back; eye on UA run game
PULLMAN — Arizona is throwing a lot more and running considerably less compared to last season but WSU linebackers coach Ken Wilson said after practice Wednesday the Cougars must respect the No. 15…Read More
COUGFAN TV: Leach sets his own pace
PULLMAN -- Mike Leach was asked after practice about the fast pace of Arizona's offense and what challenges, substitution and otherwise, that could present for Washington State on Saturday, (Pac-12…Read More
Dr. Roto Video: Visionary Sleepers
The Kansas City Chiefs aren't exactly known for their passing attack; however, Dr. Roto does have a man-crush on one KC receiver in Week 8. Dwayne Bowe (pictured above) has yet to score a touchdown or…Read More
NCAA Up Next
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — The Wainstein report released on Wednesday provided insight into the NCAA’s reopening of its infractions case at North Carolina this summer and also highlighted potential academic…Read More