Worcester Acad.'s Castro is Gatorade POY

In its 27th year of honoring the nation’s best high school athletes, The Gatorade Company, in collaboration with ESPNHS, today announced Rene Castro of Worcester Academy as its 2011-12 Gatorade Massachusetts Boys Basketball Player of the Year. Castro is the first Gatorade Massachusetts Boys Basketball Player of the Year to be chosen from Worcester Academy.

The 6-foot-1 junior guard averaged 23.4 points, 3.4 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.6 steals per game this past season, leading the Hilltoppers (15-11) to the New England Prep School Athletic Council Class AA Tournament quarterfinals. The MVP of the BCD Holiday Hoops Tournament, Castro scored more than 20 points on 16 occasions and knocked down 41.7 percent of his 3-pointers (43-for-103) for the season.

Castro has maintained a B average in the classroom. He has volunteered locally as a tutor at a homeless shelter, as part of a literacy-outreach program and as a youth basketball coach.

“Rene Castro is a scoring machine,” said Mike Hart, head coach at St. Andrew’s (R.I.) School. “He doesn’t take bad shots. He can make the 3-pointer, moves without the ball and he’s a good passer.”

Castro will begin his senior year of high school this fall.

Castro joins recent Gatorade Massachusetts Boys Basketball Players of the Year Pat Connaughton (2010-11, St. John's Prep), Nate Lubick (2008-09 & 2009-10, St. Mark's), Stevie Mejia (2007-08, Lawrence Academy), and Mike Baldarelli (2006–07) among the state’s list of former award winners.