Stephon Castle
Class of 2023 four-star shooting guard Stephon Castle has committed to UConn. Castle is coach Dan Hurley’s first pledge of the 2023 class. (Photo by Brandon Jenkins/247Sports)

Class of ’23 Four-Star CG Stephon Castle Commits to UConn

Class of 2023 four-star combo guard Stephon Castle has committed to UConn, per an announcement on CBS Sports HQ. Castle chose the Huskies over Arkansas, Auburn, Georgia, Georgia Tech and Ohio State. The 6-foot-5 guard is the first pledge of the 2023 class for coach Dan Hurley.

Castle is a consensus top-85 recruit nationally, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings, but the recruiting service is higher on him than the likes of ESPN and Rivals. 247Sports ranks the Georgia native 27th in class and On3 Sports has him four spots higher at 23 in their ranking.

Castle on why he chose UConn

The Newton High School star – who made his official visit to UConn just 13 days ago – told On3 that his relationship with Hurley, bringing a championship to Storrs and the prospect of a NBA future drew him to the Huskies.

“It was really just the coaching staff and the culture that they have there. There aren’t any pro teams in Connecticut so basketball is the biggest thing out there. It’s not a football school, it’s a primary basketball school. The way the coaches push their players…they don’t pick favorites and they push everybody the same way so they can all reach their highest potential and I really liked that…I feel like they can help me get to the NBA, which is my main goal.”

VIA On3.com

“They were real with me. They told me that I’m a one, maybe two-year player…they’re going to build around me and they’re gonna try to win this thing in the tournament.”

VIA On3.com

The Tape

Video Credit: Absolute Basketball Experience with Jamie Shaw

Castle is a very smooth operator. The first thing that jumped off the page was how calm and controlled he is, regardless of his location on the court. He is a good shooter and is comfortable off of the catch or creating his own shot on the perimeter. He’s also a really good passer, so his playmaking ability will afford Hurley the opportunity to move him around the court.

He has great size at 6-5 or 6-6 – depending on the recruiting service – but he definitely projects as a guard with loads of upside. That size can make him a mismatch for opposing guards on both ends of the floor, as his length should allow him to shut down passing lanes and bother opponents in man-to-man. Castle doesn’t try to force stuff on the offensive end either, so that maturity is impressive as just a junior in high school. Ultimately, the Huskies and Hurley got a good one.

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