PULLMAN – As one Washington State junior mulls over his future in Pullman, another has made a concrete decision to exit.
And it only means depletion for an already thin frontcourt.
Forward DeAngelo Casto has decided to forgo his senior season and declare for the NBA draft, according to WSU coach Ken Bone, who made the announcement late Friday afternoon.
Casto, a 6-foot-8 post with strong shot-blocking ability, was the Cougars’ third-leading scorer last season at 12 points per game and led Washington State in rebounds at 7.3. He was a second-team All-Pac-10 selection and was named to the Pac-10 all-defensive team.
In just three seasons he tallied 165 blocks, placing him second on WSU’s all-time list.
WSU guard Klay Thompson, the Pac-10’s leading scorer last season, has yet to make a firm decision. According to his father, Mychal Thompson, his son is “leaning” toward entering the draft.
“We appreciate everything DeAngelo has given to the Washington State men’s basketball program,” Bone said. “… Now that he’s moving on to pursue a professional career in basketball, we wish him nothing but the best.”
Casto has stopped taking classes this spring as he is currently working out in Las Vegas, but plans on finishing his degree.
The former Freeman and Ferris High star has not officially signed with an agent and isn’t listed on any of the various mock NBA draft websites.
Finances are the motivation for Casto, who said he “wouldn’t be able to maintain financially” in providing for his son if he stayed his senior season.
“I’ve been told I can make it in the NBA (and that’s) my dream,” Casto told the Spokesman-Review, “but I’m not opposed to going overseas and making money that way too for a year and then coming back.”
Casto was the last of three WSU players cited for misdemeanor marijuana possession and was originally suspended for the Cougs’ NIT quarterfinal against Northwestern.
Soon after a motion to dismiss and challenge the case’s circumstances, athletic director Bill Moos lifted the