Mar 23, 2013; Lexington, KY, USA; Butler Bulldogs head coach Brad Stevens coaches his team against the Marquette Golden Eagles in the first half during the third round of the NCAA basketball tournament at Rupp Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

Butler Bulldogs: Incoming Freshman Rene Castro May Be Ready For Immediate Impact

The more I watch and read about him, the more it looks like Rene Castro has the ability to come in and make a big contribution right away on this Bulldogs team.

The 6-2, 185 guard from Worcester Academy in Massachusetts brings a smooth skill-set that can help a back-court that may seem inexperienced and thin at times this season. Alex Barlow will most likely start the season as the starting point-man, but Castro looks like he will have the ability to find his niche on this team and make a significant role for himself.

If anything, it could be because his style of play contrasts so much from that of Barlow. While not known as a dead-eye shooter at this point, his craftiness on the offensive end made Rene Castro one of the top scorers in his class in the New England area this past winter. Come next season, that might just be the change of pace that would be needed to run the offense when Barlow is not on the court.

CBSSports’ Jon Rothstein has also been very high on Castro this summer, saying that he may even wind up starting for the Bulldogs by the end of the season. If he is indeed the skilled point guard that many expect him to be right away, it can make a world of a difference. Having a crafty, explosive guard that can create off the dribble could do wonders for getting good looks for Kellen Dunham on the perimeter and create for guys like Khyle Marshall who loves to take a pass off of penetration and throw it down.

If that is the type of player he can be by the time Big East play rolls around, and many people think he can be, this Butler team is in for a very valuable addition to its 2013-14 roster.


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