Casto considering departure at season's end

PULLMAN -- Washington State junior DeAngelo Casto is talking about making an early exit from school to turn pro. Tuesday night, following the Cougars' 88-71 victory over Idaho, the 6-8 post player from Spokane said he'll seize the chance if he's ready at season's end.

He said he's focused on helping the Cougs as much as he can this season, but added, "I am so tired of school, it's unbelievable."

Casto has struggled at times academically after surviving a nightmarish early childhood that included limited schooling.

He grew up in poverty before he was adopted in grade school by a family in Freeman, a small town outside Spokane. Casto said his biological parents were drug abusers who died when he was young.

"If the opportunity arises where I'm good enough to play at the next level next year, I will definitely capitalize on the opportunity," said Casto, who became a father over the summer.

That could mean the NBA, and certainly Europe.

Casto isn't the only Cougar junior who will entertain an early departure. All-America candidate Klay Thompson already announced his intention to consider applying for the NBA draft after the season.

Casto posted career highs of 10.7 points, 7.0 rebounds and 2.2 blocked shots last season. He led the Pacific-10 Conference in blocks and made honorable mention all-league as well as the Pac-10's all-defensive team and the Lefty Driesell Defensive All-America team.

Casto, who is up to 255 pounds this season, has 26 points, eight rebounds and five blocks in WSU's two opening wins.

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