On Wednesday, Duquesne added its third transfer this offseason, this time being 6-foot-6 guard Pedro Castro.
Castro has played at three colleges prior to Duquesne, with Houston Baptist being the most recent. This year for HBU, Castro averaged 14.8 points and 7.3 rebounds per game in his junior season.
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The Fort Worth, Texas native will remind Duquesne fans a lot of current Dukes player Chad Baker. The 185-pound guard Castro best strength is his shooting ability, as he made 48% of his field goals on the year. He also lit up the score sheet from outside, knocking down 49 of his 102 3-point attempts on the season, which was also a 48% mark.
On top of his outside shooting ability, Castro is very fundamentally sound and converted on 52 of his 59 (88%) free-throw attempts this year.
“What sold me on Duquesne is the belief that I have that they can get me to the next level and be a pro,” Castro told Pittsburgh Sports Now. “I feel that the coaching staff and the program in general is going to just help me as I take the next step in my career. Another big thing was the confidence that they have in me and what they believe I can offer the program. They really stuck out to me during this process. They really believe in me and what I can do.”
“I’m going to bring versatility to Duquesne. I can play the two, I can play the three and even played the four this past season. I’m able to guard and play a variety of positions. The strength of my offensive game is the catch and shoot three’s. I don’t know the exact numbers but that was definitely the most effective thing I did this year, getting my feet set and letting it fly.”
As mentioned above, this will be Castro’s fourth college team, as he started out at UT-Arlington, then went on to Blinn College and most recently Houston Baptist before committing to Keith Dambrot and Duquesne.
“It’s always been a dream of mine to play high major basketball and Duquesne just seemed like a great fit for me and my family and that’s what is most important to me right now. This opportunity for me and my family is huge for me.”