2013 combo guard Rene Castro verbally commits to attend Butler

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Butler, who already held a verbal commitment from forward Andrew Chrabascz, picked up another BABC product as 6-3 combo guard Rene Castro tweeted his decision on Saturday afternoon.

Castro, who attends Worcester (MA) Academy, played 19 games for BABC during the Nike EYBL this spring and averaged a team-high 16.7 points and 2.8 assists per game.

At the EYBL Finals at the Nike Peach Jam Castro led a shorthanded BABC squad with averages of 18.0 points and 2.6 assists in five games.

According to Brian Snow of, Castro picked the Bulldogs over Duquesne, George Washington and Boston University.

In addition to Castro and Chrabascz, Butler also holds a verbal commitment from 6-8 center Nolan Berry.

The one spot where Butler goes into the 2012-13 season with a bit of a question mark is at the point, where Arkansas transfer Rotnei Clarke will take the reins.

The good news there is that Clarke had a season to not only digest Brad Stevens’ system but also become more comfortable at the point after playing off the ball during the majority of his time in Fayetteville.

Sophomores Jackson Aldridge and Alex Barlow, whose playing time increased a great deal in CBI play, are two point guards who will factor into the rotation and also be around when Castro arrives on campus next fall.

Of the three freshmen Chris Harrison-Docks is the point guard, while Kellen Dunham (who many expect to start this season) and Devontae Morgan are both players better suited to operate off the ball.

Adding a player of Castro’s talent, not to mention the fact that he’s been a part of some very successful teams, will help Butler as they look to be a consistent title contender in the Atlantic 10.

Raphielle is also the assistant editor at and can be followed on Twitter at @raphiellej. 

PLAYER OF THE YEAR POWER RANKINGS: Buddy Hield isn’t going anywhere

Oklahoma guard Buddy Hield (24) drives to the basket as LSU guard Antonio Blakeney (2) defends in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Baton Rouge, La., Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016. (AP Photo/Bill Feig)
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It’s Tuesday, which means that it is once again time for the NBC Sports Player of the Year Power Rankings.

And you’ll be shocked to find out that Oklahoma guard Buddy Hield is still No. 1 in those rankings. By a pretty wide margin.

The rest of the top 10?

They can be found here, at the CBT FaceBook page. Follow that page for the countdown:

POSTERIZED: Texas A&M-CC with an off-the-backboard dunk

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This is pretty nice from Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, who has made a habit out of getting themselves on the highlight reel.

Here’s another angle of the dunk: