September 24, 2015 One of Florida’s most academically sound 2016s, Miami Pace’s Armand Del Castillo is working to set himself up to to attend a fine academic school next year. Boasting a 4.4 weighted GPA, Del Castillo is seeing interest…
September 24, 2015
One of Florida’s most academically sound 2016s, Miami Pace’s Armand Del Castillo is working to set himself up to to attend a fine academic school next year.
Boasting a 4.4 weighted GPA, Del Castillo is seeing interest from Division III programs from far and wide, and is hoping to draw some more attention from academically prestigious programs.
“I have heavy interest from Washington College (MD), and Guilford (NC), Grinnell (IA), a little interest from Amherst (MA), and I went to Dartmouth earlier in the year and I have some interest there,” said Del Castillo.
“I’m planning to go back up to Washington College in November. I went there two weeks ago and that’s when they offered me. They want me to go through the application process and see where I could get money through my academics.”
The 6-foot-1 guard is hoping his team’s success can generate some additional attention for him.
“I think my team’s success will definitely get my name out there, and then my role on the team will get my name out there. And in around six months it’s my goal to have interest from schools in the Patriot and Ivy League,” he said.
“I’m really interested in a school with high academics. Right now my weighted GPA is a 4.4, and although I didn’t do very well on my SATs my first time – at least by Ivy League standards – I’m planning on taking it again in October.”
The cerebral senior point guard says his savvy on the court has always been a strength of his, and he’s working to develop on the defensive end.
“My basketball IQ has always been a strength of mine. And I really like to get my teammates involved and set the pace – I consider myself to be an extension of the coach on the floor. Along with shooting I’d say passing and court-vision are definitely strengths of mine,” said Del Castillo.
“My defensive intensity, just being able to play with a high-motor the whole game, and then my rebounding are two things that need to improve.”
Last season as a junior with the Spartans, Del Castillo averaged 13 points, 3 assists and 3 rebounds per game. This season, with the departure of the team’s D1 starting point guard, Del Castillo will fill the void.
“Last year we had a really good point guard and I played along him as the two guard. And this season I’ll be moving over to the point guard position and taking his role,” said Del Castillo. “This year I’m definitely determined to take my team to state, I’m looking to average about 20 points and 5 assists, and getting to state is the ultimate goal.”