Photos courtesy of Antonio Morano Photography.
SAN ANTONIO (June 19, 2013) -- Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) has announced the signing of senior transfer Dion "DJ" Castro from St. Mary's University in San Antonio. Castro will become one of four seniors on the Saints' roster as he joins the team for the 2013-2014 season.
Head Coach Russell Vanlandingham said, "He is a definition of a winner, and I have watched DJ since high school. I love his competitive toughness and desire to succeed. I am looking at him to be one of the leaders in the fall being a senior and having the leadership qualities to help us with the loss of so many upperclassmen this past season."
Castro, a 5'11" guard, graduated from Eastwood High School in El Paso, Texas, where he helped his team win three consecutive district championships and averaged 15 points and two assists per game.
At St Mary's University, Castro played three years and a total of 81 games while scoring 416 points for the Rattlers. During the 2010-2011 season, Castro and the Rattlers made the conference tournament finals. During the same season, he had a regular-season game high of 22 points against The University of Texas of the Permian Basin. In 2011-2012, Castro won the Heartland Conference with the Rattlers, but lost to Midwestern State University in the regional tournament.
Dion is the seventh player and second from the San Antonio area to sign with the Saints for the upcoming season. The team bid farewell to seven seniors this past season, including four starters. The Saints finished at 18-13 overall and 14-8 in the Red River Athletic Conference. They made their fourth appearance at the conference tournament, where they ended as quarterfinalists.
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