Worcester Academy senior guard Rene Castro has verbally committed to Butler University for the 2013-14 season, he tweeted earlier tonight.
"Thanks for all of my family and friends who support me I have decided to commit to Butler University to play basketball," the Milton resident wrote in a tweet tonight.
Castro joins Cushing Academy forward Andrew Chrabascz, a Portsmouth, R.I., native, among the local Class of 2013 products pledging to the Indianapolis school, which is beginning its first season in the Atlantic 10 Conference. Castro and Chrabascz also play for the same AAU team, the Boston Amateur Basketball Club (BABC).
As a junior last season, his first with the Hilltoppers, the 6-foot-1 Castro took the New England prep school circuit by storm, at one point scoring 30 points in seven straight games. He was named Massachusetts' Gatorade Player of the Year after averaging 23.4 points, 3.4 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.6 steals per game as Worcester went 15-11 and reached the NEPSAC Class AAA quarterfinals. He also knocked down 41.7 percent of his 3-pointers (43-for-103) for the season.
Castro began his career at Milton High school, where as a freshman in 2008-09 he was called up from the JV late in the season, and ended up playing a pivotal role off the bench as the Tigers captured the MIAA Division 2 state championship. He then transferred to the Chestnut Hill-based Beaver Country Day School, repeating his freshman year, and scored over 1,000 points in two seasons. He made the transfer to Worcester Academy over the summer of 2011.