From playing basketball without a true purpose to receiving 23 scholarship offers, Colin Castleton decided to commit to the University of Michigan on October 4th, 2017.

“[Michigan University] was just the right fit for me, everything about the visit I loved,” Colin told HoopsNation, “being with the players and spending time with them and feeling like I was apart of their team and culture, getting to know the coaching staff and seeing how genuine they are just made it special for me.”

It was until Colin met his basketball trainer before he started taking it seriously. All of his life he played baseball, but once he threw out his arm in the seventh grade, he decided to hang up his cleats for good. Colin played for his high school’s Junior Varsity team as a freshman but has made great strides since.

Standing at 6’11” and 215 pounds, Colin Castleton believes he provides Michigan with a prototypical ‘stretch four’, a profound position that has revolutionized the entire landscape of the sport. Despite his elite perimeter shot, much like many other ‘stretch bigs’, Colin struggles with his thin frame.

“[My] biggest strength is being able to stretch the [defense] out with my shooting ability and taking the big guy out of the paint.” Castleton expressed, “[I need] to add strength and quickness for the next level for sure”

To improve his game, Colin continuously studies the games of some of the most well-known and elite stretch big men.

“I compare myself to Dirk or try to be like Kristaps Porzingis,” Colin told HoopsNation, “I study a lot of both their games and watch their movements and different things”

Moritz Wagner, a current basketball player for the Michigan Wolverines took Colin under his wing during his official campus visit.

“…he was really cool,” Colin voiced, “We talked for around two hours and [he] just told me things I need to do to succeed at Michigan and to get to the NBA and things I can do during this year to be ready when I step foot on campus” he revealed.

Colin Castleton is apart of the 2018 recruiting class for Michigan University which includes, David DeJulius, Adrien Nunez, and evidently, Castleton. He possesses a great margin for improvement to hone his craft as a basketball player and possibly enter the NBA Draft in the future.

 

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