Butler transfer made his Duquesne debut in 2015-16. Attended the same prep school (Worcester Academy) as former Duquesne 1,500-point scorers Bill Clark (2008-11) and Aaron Jackson (2006-09). Completed his undergraduate degree in integrated marketing communication in May and will compete as a graduate student in 2017-18.
As a Junior (2016-17)
• Saw action in 29 of 32 games.
• Averaged 7.1 points and 2.1 assists in 19.1 minutes per game.
• Finished with 62 assists and 34 turnovers.
• Scored in double-digits 10 times.
• Made his first career start at No. 2 (AP) Kentucky.
• Had his breakout game with 26 points (6-of-9 from 3-point) in 27 minutes off the bench vs. Saint Francis. Hit four of his career-high six 3-pointers in 10 first-half minutes against the Red Flash. The outburst came after 48 points in his first 19 games at Duquesne.
• Added 15 points in 25 minutes off the bench vs. UMBC.
• Had seven points, five assists and four rebounds with just one turnover in 30 minutes off the bench in the win at Fordham. Fordham entered the game ranked second nationally, forcing 20.7 turnovers per game.
• Scored all 19 of his points - including five 3-pointers - in the final 8:12 at La Salle.
• Scored 11 of his 13 points in the final 14:22 at George Washington to help the Dukes rally from an 11-point deficit. His 3-point attempt at the final horn glanced off the rim in the 65-63 defeat.
• Had 11 points and a career-high six assists vs. UMass.
• Finished with 37 assists and 16 turnovers (2.3-to-1 ratio) in 16 Atlantic 10 games.
• Shot 72 percent from the foul line (26-of-36) in A-10 play.
• Appeared in just one of the final four games of the season (five minutes at George Mason).
As a Sophomore (2015-16)
• Played in 17 games off the bench after sitting out the 2014-15 season following his transfer from Butler.
• Averaged 2.6 points and 0.6 rebounds in 7.6 minutes per game.
• Had not played since January 14, 2014 prior to taking the floor for DU's season opener vs. Seton Hill (a span of 667 days between college games).
• Scored nine points in a season-high 16 minutes vs. New Orleans. Got to the foul line a team-high seven times against the Privateers.
• Played in six A-10 regular season games.
• Scored six points in two minutes on a pair of 3-pointers in the regular season meeting with La Salle.
• Saw action in one of DU's final 13 games.
As a Freshman at Butler (2013-14)
• Played in 12 games - all of the bench - before leaving the team in early February.
• Averaged 3.3 points and 0.6 rebounds in 8.8 minutes per game.
• Scored a season-high 12 points (2-of-3 from 3-point) in a 100-41 win over Division III Manchester.
• Had 10 points in a season-high 19 minutes vs. NJIT.
• Played in four Big East games, logging double-digit minutes at Xavier, vs. DePaul and in his final game on Jan. 14 at Creighton.
• Worcester Academy in Worcester, Mass. (head coach Jamie Sullivan).
• Attended the same prep school as Duquesne 1,000-point scorers Bill Clark (2008-11) and Aaron Jackson (2006-09).
• Was the first Worcester Academy player to be named Gatorade Massachusetts Boys Basketball Player of the Year following his junior season (2011-12).
• Was a first team New England Prep School Athletic Council All-Conference player at Beaver Country Day as a sophomore and at Worcester Academy as a junior and senior.
• Averaged 19.0 points, 3.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists in his final season at Worcester, in helping the Hilltoppers to a 21-6 record.
• Averaged 23.4 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.1 assists in leading Worcester to the NEPSAC Class AA Tournament quarterfinal as a junior.
• Scored 20 or more 16 times and shot 41.7 percent (43-of-103) from the 3-point arc as a junior. Had a streak of seven consecutive games with 28 or more points.
• Posted a career-high 42 points against New Hope Academy at the National Prep School Invitational as a junior.
• Scored over 1,000 points in two seasons at Beaver Country Day.
• Began his high school career at Milton (Mass.) High School where he helped his team to the MIAA Division II championship before reclassifying when he transferred to BCD.
• Consensus 3-star recruit.
• Played AAU ball for the Boston Amateur Basketball Club (BABC).
• Named to the all-tournament team of the Pittsburgh Pro-Am Summer League in July of 2014 after helping lead his team to the championship game.
• Scored an all-time league record 56 points (21-of-33, including 7-of-15 from 3-point) in the title game loss to a team featuring former Pitt players James Robinson and Michael Young along with former DU teammates Micah Mason and L.G. Gill.
• Was named league co-MVP in 2016 after leading his team, which included Duquesne teammate Kale Abrahamson, to a championship game win.
• Castro, who averaged 31.3 points, 6.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists in six games, scored a game-high 34 in the 2016 title game.
• The Pro-Am, which was active from 2007-14 before taking a hiatus in 2015, featured players from area schools including Pitt and Robert Morris as well as other former college players with local ties who are currently playing collegiately or professionally overseas.
• Ranked as the No. 6 prospect in New England and top player in Massachusetts by New England Recruiting Report in the class of 2013.
• Originally chose Butler after making official recruiting visits to Duquesne and George Washington.
• Committed to BU prior to head coach Brad Stevens accepting the head coach position with the Boston Celtics.
• His parents, Rene Castro and Denia Caneddy, both emigrated from Honduras - Rene was born in Boston.
• Full name is Rene David Castro Caneddy. Decided to adopt his complete surname for his final college season.
• Completed his undergraduate degree in integrated marketing communication with a minor in sociology in May.
• Currently pursuing his master of science in leadership. Date of birth: 1/7/94.
Castro Stats at Butler
YEAR G/GS MIN/AVG FG-AT PCT 3M-AT PCT FT-AT PCT O/D REB PF-DQ A TO BK S PTS-AVG
2014* 12/0 105/8.8 15-32 .469 3-9 .333 7-13 .538 2/5 7-0.6 7-0 4 4 0 5 40-3.3
* - at Butler
High Games Entering 2017-18
Points - 26 vs. Saint Francis U (Jr.)
Rebounds - 6 vs. Colgate (Jr.)
Assists - 6 vs. Massachusetts (Jr.)
Steals - 3 (three times) at George Washington (Jr.) last
Blocks - 0
3-Pointers - 6 vs. Saint Francis U (Jr.)
Minutes - 30 (three times) vs. Fordham (Jr.) last
Double-Digit Scoring Games - 12 (2 Fr./0 So./10 Jr.)
20-Point Games - 1 (0 Fr./0 So./1 Jr.)
5-Assist Games - 3 (0 Fr./0 So./ 3 Jr.)
Double-Doubles - 0
5 or More 3-Pointers - 2 (0 Fr./0 So./2 Jr.)