WSU's Casto elects to skip senior season to turn pro

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by WSU / KREM 2 Sports

KREM.com

Posted on April 15, 2011 at 5:11 PM

Updated Saturday, Apr 16 at 7:59 AM

PULLMAN – Washington State University men’s basketball player DeAngelo Casto will forgo his senior year in order to pursue his professional career.

“We appreciate everything DeAngelo has given to the Washington State men’s basketball program,” said head coach Ken Bone on Friday. “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 graduated from Ferris High School in Spokane, will enter the NBA Draft, but it's more likely he'll end up overseas. Rumors started swirling months ago that Casto would skip his final year of school to play in Europe.

The main reason behind Casto's decision is money. He has a one-year-old son he wants to provide for, and being a college student didn't allow him to do that.

As a junior, Casto was third on the team with 12.0 points per game and led the team with 7.3 rebounds an outing, ranking 14th and sixth in the Pac-10, respectively. He ranks second in WSU’s record books with 165 career blocks over his three seasons with the Cougars.

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