We still haven’t made it to collegiate-level conference games, but teams and players across the country are already beginning to speak out.
There’s always a handful of collegiate players who don’t get as much national attention as they deserve but are incredible players who could make a difference at the next level.
For this week’s spotlight, we’re taking a look at Florida forward Colin Castleton, who has some legitimate NBA talent.
Colin Castleton (Forward | Florida Gators)
6’11” | 240 pounds
Season stats: 25.3 PPG | 8.8 Roleplay | 3.3 BPG
Castleton played two seasons in Michigan to start his collegiate career but rarely touched the ground. After moving to Florida, he immediately saw an increase in his role and his minutes on the court.
He’s now in his third season as a Gator and is pulling it off to a high standard on both ends.
Castleton has improved greatly year over year and has one of the best Cerebro C-RAM ratings in all of college basketball.
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He averages 3.3 blocks per game and is also one of the top five goalscorers in the country.
While he only shoots from depth 25% of the time, Castleton at least shows a willingness to attempt shots from beyond the arc. He’s only had ten triples in the two seasons leading up to this combined, but he’s played four times that many games this year.
Already this season, Castleton has scored 30 points in consecutive competitions. It will be interesting to see if he can maintain this level of production against better competition as the season progresses.
The Florida forward is great height for the NBA level at 6’11 with a strong 240-pound frame.
Not only does he have the size, but Castleton is also smart. He’s a big one who has the ability to dribble and create his own shot when he catches on the center post or on the edge.
The biggest downside is that he’s 22 years old and will turn 23 ahead of the 2023 NBA draft. Regardless, he could be a great member as a rotating member on an NBA team in need of a rookie hire.
Castleton is also a solid free throw shooter and can be played late in games. Overall this season he has shot 55% from the ground and is efficient with his shots.
When the 3-pointer comes, it will only improve its draft pool.
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