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Colin Castleton Talks Michigan In-Home Visit; Discusses Top Five

Colin Castleton

Colin Castleton, a 6-foot-11 stretch forward from Father Lopez (FL) Catholic High School, has come a long way in the recruiting world.

While playing AAU this Summer with Team Knight, Castleton was only considered a two-star recruit. By August 15th, 247Sports made the move to bump him up to a four-star with the No. 111 ranking in the Class of 2018.

Kalu Ezikpe, the 6-foot-8 power forward from Discovery (GA) High School, told D1Vision on Thursday that Castleton was one of his toughest match-ups this summer, due to his size and skill level. However, Castleton’s story began long before this past summer.

Growing up, Castleton’s first love was actually baseball. He threw out his arm in the 7th grade, taking away his ability to play at a high level. Starting his freshman year of high school at 6’4″, Castelton decided to pick up a basketball. He has taken off with it ever since.

The last three years Castleton has turned himself into a big-time stretch forward displaying a high skill level. He has an abundance of potential with only playing the game of basketball seriously the last three years.

On Wednesday, Castleton had an in-home visit with Michigan. He caught up with D1Vision to discuss the visit and his top five schools.

“I really enjoyed the Michigan visit,” Castleton reported. “Coach (John) Beilein really got to know me as a person. He told me that they are making me their top priority as a big. Coach Beilein seems to genuinely like and look after his players. We are working on setting up an official visit, but no date is set yet. They want me to come up for a visit by myself without any other recruits.”

“Coach Beilein told me that their goal is for me to graduate at Michigan, but to get me ready for the next level,” Castleton continued. “He said that they’ll coach me just as hard as anyone else for the next level. He said that if you’re ready after a year or two for the NBA, we will let you go. Coach Beilein said after a year or two if your development isn’t ready then you will get a degree at the University of Michigan.”

After discussing the Michigan visit, Castleton named his top five schools of Florida, Florida State, Michigan, Illinois, and Baylor. He broke down each school:

Florida: “I liked the visit overall (Sept. 15). They have been recruiting me for a while and both sides know each other well. One pro of the visit was the young coaching staff; the coaching staff seems to get a lot out of you, and I like how they use their bigs within the offense. The football game was a lot of fun and had a great atmosphere. I just want to see where things go from now. I am open to other schools.”

Illinois: “I’ve gotten close with Coach [Brad] Underwood. He is a down to earth guy. All the players are good guys. I enjoyed him talking to my family.”

Baylor: “Coach [Scott] Drew visited me yesterday and texted me the day before to let me know [that he was coming in]. He never really confirmed that he was coming though. He randomly showed up at my school. I was walking to the office with a friend and heard a ‘Hey Colin’. Coach Drew has a different style of recruiting. He seems to just randomly pop up without letting you know sometimes. He talked to my coach and said he will be in and out to see me over the next couple of weeks.”

Florida State: “They want me to go to IMG (FL) Academy for a post-graduate year. I wouldn’t enroll until 2019 and would commit for the class of 2018, similar to Jonathan Issac. They told me you can come play 2018 or wait, go to IMG, and come in 2019. If I went to IMG and enrolled in 2019, they think I could be one and done.”

Castleton mentioned that Florida would be his dream school, but he is open to all of these five schools at the moment. He wants to feel things out to find the best fit for himself.

Last season at Father Lopez, Castleton averaged 23.0 points, 11.0 rebounds, and 5.4 blocks per game, during his junior season.

 

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