BY MATTHEW VANTRYON | ASST. SPORTS EDITOR
Historically, Rene Castro never stays in one place for long.
The freshman guard from Massachusetts played at three different high schools, despite having success at each stop along the way. Now, as his freshman season on Butler’s men’s basketball team comes to a close, Castro is on the move again.
The Butler Athletics Department announced in a press release today that Castro has made a decision to transfer from the university.
“Rene informed me he is planning on transferring to another school,” Butler coach Brandon Miller said in the release. “We wish him nothing but the best moving forward.”
Castro appeared in 12 games for Butler this season. He scored a season-high 12 points against Manchester College, but he has only appeared in four of the team’s 13 conference games this season.
He averaged 3.3 points per game in his appearances.
Castro was suspended for the team’s last two games due to “a team disciplinary issue,” Miller said in a press conference following the team’s loss to Creighton Thursday.
Castro was named the 2012 Massachusetts Gatorade Player of the Year as a senior at Worcester Academy last year, where he averaged 19 points per game.
Castro played his freshman season at Milton High School, where he helped the team to a Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association Division II Championship.
He transferred to Beaver Country Day School as a sophomore, where he earned Class C All-Conference honors.
He played his final two seasons at Worcester.
This summer, Castro played on the Boston Amateur Basketball Club with current Butler freshman forward Andrew Charabscz.
Castro received offers from several colleges in addition to Butler, including Boston University, Duquense and George Washington. Castro was recruited by former Butler coach Brad Stevens and signed a letter of intent on Oct. 27, 2012.
The men’s team now has two open scholarships, with the departure of Andrew Smeathers early in the season and Castro’s departure today.